Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2008 20:59 UTC, submitted by Oliver
FreeBSD "FreeBSD is back to its incredible performance and now can take advantage of multi-core/CPUs systems very well... So well that some benchmarks on both Intel and AMD systems showed release 7.0 being faster than Linux 2.6 when running PostreSQL or MySQL. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed two dozen developers to discuss all the cool details of FreeBSD 7.0: networking and SMP performance, SCTP support, the new IPSEC stack, virtualization, monitoring frameworks, ports, storage limits and a new journaling facility, what changed in the accounting file format, jemalloc(), ULE, and more."
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Great Job
by Don T. Bothers on Wed 27th Feb 2008 01:46 UTC
Don T. Bothers
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2006-03-15

I really am starting to see a lot more interest in FreeBSD from enterprises. Both NetApp and Juniper have recently made very large donations to FreeBSD when earlier there were a lot of rumors that they were ready to dump FreeBSD. Also, I am starting to hear rumors that Cisco, who suffers Not Invented Here Syndrome, is doing something big with FreeBSD and has put engineers on helping enhance it. And then there are a whole bunch of new products for the enterprise that are coming out that are secretly based on FreeBSD. All these changes have come through the hard work of FreeBSD volunteers. There have been so much enhancements in stability, scalability, and performance, it is becoming harder and harder to ignore the "Free as in Free" OS. I really think that the FreeBSD team has done a tremendous job in turning things around and really see a bright future for the project as a whole.

The kernel enhancements are just part of the exciting things happening in the BSD world. The Operating System as a whole is also seeing a lot of enhancements making it a much better fit for enterprises. Want binary security updates? Want easy upgrades? Want to maintain your ports? It is all easy now and just requires a few commands. How long will a branch be supported? How long until a new release? It is all properly defined.

I think all these enhancements will lead us to see more and more enterprises take the kernel/userland and create solutions based on FreeBSD and I think we will see more and more companies start deploying it as part of their infrastructure. My suggestion to new admins is learn FreeBSD, it will teach you Unix done right and then you can pollute your mind with Linux and Solaris. My suggestion to programmers, learn the FreeBSD kernel. You will see more and more enterprises developing solutions based off of it and less based on Linux.

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