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Old 07-02-2005, 10:56 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I have limited experience at a previous job using a FreeBSD Web/Mail Server and have played around with Redhat 9 at home.

I am not a "Purest" and really like the GUI, RPM system, and YUM updater of Redhat 9.

I know FreeBSD has a GUI and uses the Port system, but does it have an easy to use updater like Yum?

Also, does the GUI for FreeBSD allow for easy administration like configuring network adapters and starting/stopping services?

My main interest is the setup of a web/mail server and I hear FreeBSD is a better (more stable choice on older systems (P2 450 - 384 RAM)

One other thing. Will I find everything I need as a newby to setup this server using the FreeBSD Handbook? Is it a good reference?

My work is in Windows service and support/Networking/Programming, so I'm not a total idiot when it comes to computers, and I can get around the file system ok. I just wan't to use which ever will be the least amount of headache to configure and administer. I am just looking for the easy way out, I guess.

I will wan't to use PHP. MySQL, etc. Does this complicate FreeBSD more so than Redhat 9 or Fedora?

Thanks for any suggestions

Old 07-20-2005, 11:10 AM   #2
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: London
Distribution: FreeBSD 6.0, Freebsd 5.3, Freebsd 4.10, SuSE 9.2 pro, Slackware 10.1, FreeBSD 5.4 RC3
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IMO, FreeBSD is much easier to install and configure. You just need to read the FreeBSD Handbook and ofcourse use your brain. Maintaining FreeBSD is also easy. You can update your posts using CVSup. To upgrade programs You could use Portupgrade. FreeBSD hadbook is a good reference, i would even recommend you to have a hardcopy of it. I dont use GUI to maintain FreeBSD. If you are a GUI fan u might find FreeBSD hard to use. Good Luck.



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