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FreeBSD 6.1
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2 26273 12-27-2006
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100% of reviewers None indicated 10.0

Description: FreeBSD® is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), UltraSPARC®, IA-64, PC-98 and ARM architectures. It is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX® developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. Additional platforms are in various stages of development.
Keywords: FreeBSD, Operating System, OS, UNIX, BSD

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Old 11-15-2006, 04:24 AM   #1
Registered: Nov 2006
Distribution: FreeBSD
Posts: 4

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: Fast, Latest Software while still supporting old hardware, Very low hardware requirements
Cons: Support channels can be rough at times, It can be a pain converting native linux apps to FreeBSD

I've been using FreeBSD for years now (everything from my first 486 apache web server w/ 16mb of RAM to a compaq proliant quad processor server w/ 4gb of RAM) and 6.1 definetely doesn't let the product line down. I wouldn't run anything mission critical on any other OS.
Personal Uses:
Web server
DNS server
Database server
IRC server
Mail server
LAN Party server
There are also a ton of great howto articles written for completing certain tasks. While its shortfalls might be in the desktop area, you can't really compare a Server OS to a Desktop OS can you. If anyone ever wants advice on building an infrastructure around a Solid OS, I can't imagine why it wouldn't be this one.
Old 12-27-2006, 10:42 PM   #2
Registered: Jan 2004
Distribution: OpenBSD, Ubuntu, FreeBSD
Posts: 1,449

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: Rock-solid once setup and configured and very easy to add and maintain software.
Cons: The installation seems to have gotten more fragile than in the past. But that could just be my experience.

My own personal opinion is that this is a great release for a great operating system. But I have been known to be biased at times. I think the best review came from my step-mother.

Long ago I converted her computer to FreeBSD for various reasons. One of which was that she wanted to try it out -- even though she is computer illiterate. I am able to maintain and upgrade it from my house and without her even knowing about it. Which is fantastic and one reason that command line system administration is the way to go if possible.

Anyway, a month ago her hard drive failed. My father quickly swapped it for a new drive and threw "another" OS on it. This was the middle of the week so my father told her not to bother me until the weekend. But within 24 hours she was on the phone begging me to put FreeBSD back on her computer.

She had just gotten so used to it "just working" that the change was too much for her. And, as horrible as it is for a user to be unable to adapt, that speaks loads for the stability and consistent nature of the OS. It has been upgraded through several revisions (even major versions) and she was still able to get used to a consistent environment.

Note: she did get it back (and all her files too) and is happy as a clam now. The only problem I have is that she's become a vocal advocate for it and is trying to convert her friends and I'm not interested in supporting them through the initial learning curve.


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