On 5/30/2012 11:20 AM, David Chisnall wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> This is off-topic, so please feel free to disregard it, but I'm sending it to this list in the hope that it will reach a largish number of users.
> I am currently looking at updating some of our advocacy material (which advertises exciting new features like SMP support), and before I do I'd like to get a better feel for why the rest of you are using FreeBSD. If you had to list the three things you most like about FreeBSD, which would you pick? Are they the same as when you first started using it?
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SMP support (pause) new (longer pause) I spent as little time as
possible in version 5.x.
For me there are a few reasons I like FreeBSD. I was first introduced to
FreeBSD by a coworker in 1997 or so. I had tried a bit of Linux before
that. I was working for a SunOS/Solaris using ISP at the time; so when I
tried FreeBSD it did seem to make more sense to me. The keys are these.
The filesystem layout just makes much more intuitive sense to me.
If I want a barebones system where I just add what I want to it, that is
easily available. Minimal install + packages/ports I need has been my
approach for awhile.
Although I have gotten in trouble with the FreeBSD ports/packages
system, the tools that FreeBSD includes make it much easier to recover
from package dependency messes than the Linux version so lovingly called
The stable version is pretty reliable; I have been tracking -stable on a
couple home mail servers for several years, perhaps a decade. In all
that time, I only once had a serious problem, caused by drive detection
changes; I used ee to edit some files and I was all set.