Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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It depends on what kind of end user you are, if you are interested in desktops then I think Linux will beat bad in terms of compatible hardware, available software and ease of use with more communities and an easier UX. PC-BSD is ok as my personal opinion is that it's the best of the BSDs for desktops, however it's still quite as usable as say mint or Mandriva. I wouldn't put Mac OSX in the BSD group as Mac OSX tends to only use the user land and not so much of the core BSD technologies such as the kernel.

If however you were a server administrator then I would say that BSD and in particular FreeBSD has plenty to offer. It's well optimised and performs well under pressure as well as being pretty easy to scale out. The packages/ports are usually well tested and generally once a BSD server goes up its rare to have it come down. It's been the backbone of a lot of big organisations such as amazon for a while. Again my own personal opinion but FreeBSD tends to approach the server market like the old big iron and Solaris unixs, that everything is carefully planned and nothing is bleeding edge for the sake of it, it's a good trustworthy server os.

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