Question about FreeBSD.

Tom Cook mrpuffypants at
Fri Sep 10 09:25:28 PDT 2004


First of all, welcome!

FreeBSD isn't a distribution of linux, actually. FreeBSD is a derived
from an entirely different code base than Linux is. These days,
though, they share many common features and also differ in many areas.

To answer your questions; yes, FreeBSD does have full X windows
support, and many people are using and enjoying it these days.

The biggest difference between FreeBSD, slack, and Redhat are
numerous: FreeBSD is based off the BSD kernel and system, while the
Linux kernels are completely from the other side of the world
(literally) and come directly from Linus. You can get various
'distributions' of linux, all with various userland applications and
configuration methods but there is only *one* FreeBSD. When you
download the 5.2.1 or 4.10 release you can be confident that you're
getting FreeBSD, and that your skills in FreeBSD will directly
transfer to any FreeBSD system that you use (as far as the way that
things are configured, managed, and maintained)

The biggest thing for me is the ports system and the ease that FreeBSD
brings to installing packages. Just the other day I was using Fedora
and started to install something, only to find out that it needed a
dependency, which had two other dependencies that I had to go build
and install. On FreeBSD, all of that is done for you: the recursive
dependency installs, sanity checking, and everything.

Overall, give it a shot and feel free to ask questions. It's a great OS.


On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 17:13:52 +0100, Philip Payne
<philip.payne at> wrote:
> >
> > Hi, I'm quite new to the world of linux, and I are going to
> > set up a linux
> > server, and I'm looking aroud for a good linux system, and I
> > find FreeBSD
> > quite interesting. Does FreeBSD have a X-mode and is it easy
> > to handle?
> > Whats the difference between FreeBSD, Slackware and Redhat?
> >
> Wow... what a can of worms. Most importantly FreeBSD is not Linux. Though
> you'll find lots of crossover in terms of applications (e.g. XOrg, XFree86,
> Gnome, KDE).
> You'll find lots of opinion on whether FreeBSD is better than Linux and vice
> versa.
> My suggestion is you read up about each Linux distro & FreeBSD and decide
> for you personally which is best.
> FreeBSD can run X. I use it as a desktop. The things that make me come back
> to FreeBSD each time I try a different linux distro is:
>         1) The make buildworld, installworld, buildkernel, installkernel
> tools that make upgrading/updating your system a breeze.
>         2) The ports system that makes installing applications and
> dependencies a thoughtless stress-free task.
>         3) The portupgrade sysutil that makes managing the upgrade of your
> applications equally stress free.
> Laters,
> Phil.
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