FreeBSD is my choice of open source operating system.
It is a rock solid as a server and I recommend it to anyone who needs an in-house server or needs to build an appliance.
What is FreeBSD?
Well, FreeBSD is an operating system originally developed at the University of California, Berkely
Read more about it here: http://www.freebsd.org/about.html
Where can I get FreeBSD?
Of course you can get FreeBSD by going to the main website here: http://www.freebsd.org/where.html
However, you should always check with your ISP to see if they have a mirror. For example, XMission, an ISP here in Utah, has a mirrors site where FreeBSD can be downloaded. http://mirrors.xmission.com/freebsd. I am often on XMission’s network.
However, Comcast or Qwest, also ISPs commonly used in Utah, do NOT have a mirror site where you can Download FreeBSD. I am not sure why. I have request it.
Well, there are a couple of reasons that I like FreeBSD over other open source operating system.
- I love ports
- The license is really free, not a viral license, and I prefer it to the GPL.
- I get a different point of view than I normally do (as I work primarily in windows).
- The documentation is excellent
What don’t I like about FreeBSD?
- The branding.
- The name is four syllables and not catchy.
- The new logo is adequate, now.
- The mascot, while I like Beastie, he is sort of unprofessional, though it is just fine for a community. However, the MeetBSD California mascott is fine!
- The lack of Flash Player. Gnash and Flash using Linux compatibility limp us through.
- The lack of a GUI network manager (PC-BSD has one but there is not one in FreeBSD ports that just works).
Learning About FreeBSD
I am always learning new things. I try to post something that I have learned about FreeBSD every Friday. I call it FreeBSD Friday (yes, I chose Friday because it alliterates).