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Old 08-26-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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FreeBSD or GNU/Linux?

i'm working on micro$oft windows based networking environment's. i want learn other os than micro$oft windows. i tested FreeBSD & Gnu/Linux (Fedora). both are similar. which of following is best choice for me? for networking? and which of them has future (for e.g not discontinued after 2 years later)? if you offer linux? why? and what linux distribution? any body has any idea? thanks for helping me.
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Both, either/or, whatever you prefer. Both have a future.
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GNU/Linux tends to be ahead of the BSDs in terms of hardware support, but BSD systems tend to be "cleaner" and better organized. Both are excellent choices and both have futures much brighter than Windoze.
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I tried PC-BSD, which is FreeBSD with a graphical installer and configured to work on a desktop. I tried the 32 bit and 64 bit versions and I found them to be too buggy at this stage of their development. I got them working but I had to re-install each a number of times. I finally gave up after the 32 bit version, which initially worked, began to freeze on boot. I was using an ASUS laptop with ATI video, and Atheros wireless.

Don't try OpenBSD unless you're an experienced Linux user or want to spend some time learning to install and configure it.

For stability and ease of use, you can try PCLinuxOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, or Mepis. You will be happy with any of them, however, Ubuntu has the larger user base, which means it also has the largest support Forum.


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Originally Posted by ba$h
which of following is best choice for me? for networking?
For what purpose, exactly? ("for networking" is not enough; both have robust network stacks.)

Both FreeBSD and GNU/Linux are huge in the web hosting space. GNU/Linux (one or two distros in particular) arguably lead the way in desktop space.
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Definitely GNU/Linux, or for that matter anything under the GPL, as anything permissive can allow corporations (like Apple for instance) to make derivative works their own proprietary works.


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