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d_kote23 05-15-2004 10:22 PM

FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, etc. Different ?

This forum is for the discussion of all BSD variants.
FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, etc.
Well, that's the title of this forum... I read many questions and answers about
*BSD vs Linux...
But, yeah, I still don't know what's DIFFERENT between *BSD themself ?
Just the name ? or they get the different target ? Yeah... many many so-called
*BSD... very confusing... :scratch:

twilli227 05-15-2004 10:38 PM

And that is just from the last couple of months

vectordrake 05-15-2004 11:17 PM

Mostly, its the direction that they have gone. FreeBSD is the most popular. It has the biggest collection of ported software. NetBSD has been designed to be the most portable. It can be installed on just about any electronic device (over 30 platforms, as far as I know). OpenBSD has emphasis on security. It has the reputation of only having one remote exploit in 8 years, which no other OS can say.

FreeBSD seems to be the easiest to install (and it has better hardware support) but NetBSD is close behind, if anything. One thing that NetBSD developers pride themselves on is the correctness that they adhere to the Unix standards in comparison to any others.

There are other little things, like the way packages are added to the system (the commands are different), but they usually have libraries to help with binary compatibility (you can install Linux packages on either, for example).

I'm sure there are others who can tell you a bit more than this, but I'd sugest you read their various "constitutions" and see for yourself (they'll take you about an hour each to read)

chort 05-16-2004 02:59 AM

I added it to the FAQ

d_kote23 05-16-2004 05:28 AM

Thanks for your all reply, so can I conclude that:
FreeBSD -> Easy to use.
OpenBSD -> Security
NetBSD -> Many devises supported
Is that OK ?
How about the Software packs ? GUI ? and Installer ? Is that easy ? or *BSD
the Unix-liked OS is for GURU only, not newbie like me ?

vectordrake 05-16-2004 12:16 PM


Originally posted by chort
I added it to the FAQ
Well put.

BTW, did anyone have a warm fuzzy feeling inside when reading the NetBSD Documentation? Or am I just wierd. The docs were written with elegance too. That said something to me.

chort 05-16-2004 01:31 PM

Try reading the installation instructures on each website. That will tell you exactly what the install is like. If you aren't willing to read a little bit now, then you'll be in a lot of trouble when you have a problem and you could fix it simply by reading a little bit. Don't worry, the documentation for Free|Net|OpenBSD is excellent (it's nothing like the Linux documentation you may have read).

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