Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Apr 2009 11:42 UTC, submitted by haad
NetBSD The guys and girls behind the NetBSD project have released version 5.0 of their BSD operating system. NetBSD is a highly-portable operating system, the second open-source BSD implementation (after 386BSD). Naturally, version 5.0 comes packed with a whole boatload of improvements.
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NetBSD for a BSD newbie?
by boblowski on Thu 30th Apr 2009 17:50 UTC
boblowski
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2007-07-23

I've been reading a lot of good things about the different BSDs lately, especially about NetBSD. Since I have actually zero experience with any BSD (well, except for m0n0wall and FreeNas, which I think are both based on FreeBSD), I was wondering if NetBSD would be a good 'beginners BSD' for basic server tasks?

Or does anybody have any pointers to more information on the differences and similarities between the main BSDs? I'm familiar with the Wikipedia pages, but more tech info on the differences would be nice :-)

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RE: NetBSD for a BSD newbie?
by vivainio on Fri 1st May 2009 06:45 in reply to "NetBSD for a BSD newbie?"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

I was wondering if NetBSD would be a good 'beginners BSD' for basic server tasks?


Not really. NetBSD does very little "hand holding", it installs a minimal system and after that, you are basically on your own.

It's been ages since I tried FreeBSD, but that has customarily been the "friendly" BSD.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Even FreeBSD doesn't do much hand-holding, though the initial installation will often install more than an initial install of NetBSD or OpenBSD. *BSD in general are not much for hand-holding, you're expected to know what you're doing and, if you don't know how to get something working, to be able to look it up yourself and/or ask the appropriate questions in the various forums/mailing lists. They're very capable systems, but you're expected to be able to learn how to configure and administer them properly. No GUI tools by default, no quick and easy initial configuration. That being said, you'll definitely learn a lot if you start working with *BSD and, once you get everything running, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better and more manageable server.

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