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FreeBSD 5.4
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3 9347 08-03-2005
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Old 05-15-2005, 11:00 PM   #1
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10

Pros: great documentation,
Cons: not for beginnners, no automount

I first installed FreeBSD 2 days ago and this is by far the best of the free UNIXs that I have tried. The ports system is the best software installer that I have used, as easy to use as Fink and as configurable as ./configure. I had KDE 3.4 set up and my TV card capturing very quickly. Most times that I looked something up on the net it was found in the FreeBSD user manual at shows all the latest software, and just about everything that I want is ready to install.

It's not for absolute beginners though. Cut your teeth on Mandrake or SuSE, and then give this a try.
Old 06-21-2005, 06:47 AM   #2
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 9

Pros: Quick and easy installation, large number of supported hardware
Cons: No automatic boot with USB keyboard, Very basic boot manager

My review might not be the most reliable, since it is my first attempt to do anything with UNIX/Linux. I've played around with Knoppix and AdiOS only beforehand.

I have an old Digital/Dec notebook that I wanted to try Linux on. My webhotell uses FreeBSD so I thought I would start there. I downloaded the ISO images and the boot images. Since my notebook doesn't boot from the CD I had to partition my harddisk and put the installation on a DOS partition. As it turns out DEC probably did their own solution for a PCMCIA, I never got my NIC to work.

Worked great, but unfortunately the HD was only 1 GB big, so I had to play around quite a bit. I ended up getting impatient and going out and buying a larger HD. But no harm done, I can play around with several distros now!!!

I can understand now that this wasn't a newbie product, but hats off to the people of for all of the information they have there. I was able to read and get a feeling for what I did wrong/needed to do.

All in all I was positively surprised at how easy it was to get into this new realm of Unix/Linux. A lot of the problems I had were most likely due to my lack of Unix/Linux knowledge. Anybody with limited experience with Unix/Linux, I'm sure, will find this distro easy to use as it is very stable, with a lot of ports.
Old 08-03-2005, 05:45 PM   #3
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Pros: Extensive documentation, easy installation, ports/packages system is unparalleled, lean base system
Cons: Heavy emphasis on compiling from source, no easy way to track security updates

I've been using FreeBSD for about one year now and I'm quite satisfied. The release of 5.4 has been an important step in strengthening FreeBSD's 5.x releases. 5.4 is an improvement on the already stable, fast, and highly-functional 5.3-RELEASE.

*Extensive documentation. I have yet to find another UNIX-like operating system with documentation up-to-par with FreeBSD's Handbook.
*Easy installation. FreeBSD's sysinstall is very intuitive and functional.
*Ports. With about 13,000 programs in the ports tree, there's no need to go hunting on the web to find the right application for the job.
*Base system. The base system is a perfect starting ground to build up a working system. It's very small and fast to begin with.

*Emphasis on compiling from source. Though it's easy to get around compiling programs from source on FreeBSD, there is still heavy emphasis on it and as a result, some applications or options for applications can only be obtained by compiling them from the ports tree, which is not optimal on older, slower, computers.
*Security. Security problems on FreeBSD are quickly discovered and patched, but there's no easy way to track the patches. Following -STABLE is not safe; following the security branch requires recompiling the entire system, and patching the source manually is not fun. Though there are 3rd party applications like freebsd-update, there should be a builtin security update feature in the base system, similar to apt-get's.
*GENERIC lacks support for burning CDs. Not a major issue since most FreeBSD machines are servers, but for workstations, it's not always fun to recompile the kernel. Even OpenBSD's GENERIC has support for this.


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