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Old 09-22-2005, 06:04 PM   #1
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Arrow Linux or BSD

What should I get to know and love? I don't want to become a programmer just a SysAdmin.If you could compare and contrast and state the pros and cons of the BSD and Linux. I have never ran a Unix os before so that might change the unix os I should use. I want to start out with a Livedisk so I can get the feel of it before I go out and learn how to partion my hd. I care about how easily the software is gotten.
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Whichever you choose, Linux is the easiest to use and manage but here is a bit of a comparison.

Linux is the easiest to use, I find Slackware to be the best (

BSD's seem strange to me, but the main thing is that BSD's such as FreeBSD ( are HARD to setup, it is text-based and complicated, where you have to manually edit many things and configure a kernel.

Whilst Slackware is a snap to install, the Setup program is simply straightforward and there is plenty of documentation, such as or user created ones like and Even though it is text based it is not hard.

Package management is easy with Slackware, has a huge archive of software to download, and you can intall it by just invoking the command:
installpkg [packagename].tgz
As far as I know there is no FreeBSD or any other BSD Live CD, yet for Linux there is plenty, go to for a Slackware based Live CD.

Hope that gives you more info.
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I think that one thread of yours on that topic is plenty.


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