Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Aug 2005 17:22 UTC
FreeBSD "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.0-BETA2." A list of mirrors is available here.
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RE: FreeBSD perhaps overrated?
by rycamor on Mon 8th Aug 2005 19:13 UTC in reply to "FreeBSD perhaps overrated?"
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It seems to me that FreeBSD does not have any major overall superiority to a well-designed Linux distribution, although each had advantages in certain areas. Slackware is possibly my favorite Linux, and moving between Slackware and FreeBSD is not a very painful thing. I have *definitely* seen major issues with Fedora Core 3 in comparison to FreeBSD, to the point that a major statistical application (PostgreSQL, R, PL/PGSQL) some friends of mine wrote runs perfectly on a very low-end FreeBSD 5.4 box, and falls apart in minutes on a much bigger FC3 system.

And for all those complaints about FreeBSD 5 being a disaster, remember that the vast majority of that was in 5.2 and previous versions, which were NOT recommended for production anyway. And Linux had its own history of problems when the 2.6 kernel began moving into production, so let's not start trading barbs, please.

Anyway, what we FreeBSD users mostly love is not any specific (perceived) technical superiority, but the integration between kernel, userland, and ports. With FreeBSD, everything moves together, making it much easier to manage a system overall than any other OS I have dealt with. Makes it much easier to run a clean, stripped-down system while still staying up-to-date with any level of your system. And before anyone starts ranting about source-based updates, search and you will faind that you that you can mix binary package management with source-based management all you want. You can get binary kernel and userland updates too, but I much prefer to compile my own, and FreeBSD makes it so easy to do that this is hardly a disadvantage. (that's right; it is much less tedious to compile the FreeBSD kernel than the Linux kernel)

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