I'll heartily endorse OpenBSD and FreeBSD as excellent choices.
I've been running OpenBSD for four years now, both in server
applications and as my main machine (ThinkPad laptop).
OpenBSD doesn't have as many packages (pre-compiled
programs) as FreeBSD does, but there are still a lot of things
ready to work, and should not be thought of as a "server only"
OS. FreeBSD's support of things is really very good, running
neck-and-neck with support of hardware when compared with
Not wanting to start a flame fest, I've always preferred the much
tighter integration of the kernel and user-land software that the
BSD's do, compared to the separation of the kernel and user-land
items in Linux. I'll also pit OpenBSD and FreeBSD's documentation
against most Linux doc distributions.
I shouldn't rule out NetBSD either; I haven't used it very much,
but it's certainly a contender, and runs on some 50(!) hardware
So yes, considering the BSD variants makes a lot of sense to me.
On Wednesday 03 December 2003 04:21 pm, Koos, Missy wrote:
> Is anyone considering going with a BSD based system? FreeBSD isn't
> based on any specific company so it would be immune from something like
> RedHat is pulling. Its also secure, stable, fast and has a Linux
> compatibility library. OpenBSD is another great OS and is (In many
> people's opinion) the most secure in existence.
> For those who aren't willing to go to a non-Linux system, what about
> Debian? I just cant see paying for something that has always been, and
> should always be, free.
> Just wondering.
> Missy Koos
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