Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Sep 2009 19:22 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
FreeBSD "Though the open source FreeBSD operating system has changed in many aspects over the last 16 years of its life, one item that has remained relatively static is its underlying network routing architecture. No more: It's getting an overhaul with the upcoming FreeBSD 8.0 release. FreeBSD 8.0, due out next month, will include a new routing architecture that takes advantage of parallel processing capabilities. According to its developers, the update will provide FreeBSD 8.0 with a faster more advanced routing architecture than the legacy architecture."
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RE[3]: haiku?
by Oliver on Fri 11th Sep 2009 12:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: haiku?"
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Could you specify "not long ago"? You're surely talking of OpenBSD. OpenBSD has got some fine WLan drivers (most of it are working like a charm compared to those ports in FreeBSD), but even if you e.g. get support for 802.11n devices in terms of drivers (for example iwn), there is no infrastructure to actually use the higher performance (FreeBSD has got this infrastructure but actually no drivers to support it). FreeBSD itself is compared to the Linux kernel in terms of WLan drivers just a pain in the backside. There are even today many drivers with problems regarding WPA/WPA2, like if_rum (see last PRs), severe performance issues in rum, ral and wpi etc. Last not least there are just a couple of drivers compared to the plethora of wlan drivers in Linux.

Okay, Linux has got different problems, but if you're eager to use something WLan, even most of the devices nowadays, then Linux is the way to go. I'm sorry but OpenBSD only is comparable in terms of Wlan to Linux. FreeBSD has got its merit in huge networks only.

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RE[4]: haiku?
by strcpy on Fri 11th Sep 2009 12:21 in reply to "RE[3]: haiku?"
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No, I was talking about BSDs generally.

No, the situation is broadly similar across all BSDs.

Yes, suppport may be limited (but not *very limited*).

Yes, as a rule of thumb, Linux supports new hardware faster, which may not be entirely a good thing.

Yes, there are bugs, but my perception is [was] that there are [were] more bugs both in Linux driver stack and in the (third? fourth?) Linux IEEE 802.11 stack. (Note particularly the past tense.)

Yes, support for 802.11n is limited but I find it ridiculous to even suggest otherwise in the open source world for a new *proposed* amendment.

No, in more broader terms, the situation is highly similar in all open source operating system; if you want proper support, you use closed drivers supplied by vendors.

No, you can succesfully deploy 802.11 solutions with all mentioned operating systems; I have done so, and it is not "pain in the ass" if you are not building the netowrk with Dell laptops, so to speak.

No, all BSDs are multi-purpose operating systems whose merits are not only in "huge networks".

No, although I write to OSNews, I really hate to compare operating systems because it always leads to "pain in the ass" discussions.

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RE[5]: haiku?
by Oliver on Fri 11th Sep 2009 15:40 in reply to "RE[4]: haiku?"
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>No, the situation is broadly similar across all BSDs.

Just no and I can proof it as every hardcore FreeBSD user. Some people even call me sometimes "BSD zealot" on osnews ;-) But well, I do know the strengths of other operating systems too or those among the BSDs. That's the difference to an operating system zealot. BSD has got different strengths, WLan isn't one of it and especially none of FreeBSD.

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