Freebsd vs. linux
Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC
chad at shire.net
Sat Feb 12 20:26:03 GMT 2005
I made the choice of FreeBSD in 1996 for my fledgling hosting business.
I considered Linux and FreeBSD. At the time, FreeBSD was considered
to have a much better VM system under load, and similar sorts of
stability characteristics. I chose FreeBSD then and am glad I did so.
I do not know what the Linux VM system is like now, 8.5 years later.
However, I read some recent remarks by people I would consider
competent who say that the FreeBSD VM system is still superior.
One of the biggest differences between Linux and the BSD derived
systems is the license. If you agree with RMS (Richard Stallman of the
FSF) you should probably go with Linux. If you prefer a more free
market oriented license that is truly free, then a BSD system is
probably more in line with your needs.
There are LOTS of technical differences of course, but from a user or
admin level, they are both similar, as they are both unix-derived
I do have a single gentoo system for some special java processing. At
the time it was installed, the FreeBSD java was not at the same level
as the Linux one was. Now the differences in the java systems are
minor and if I could, I would migrate this machine over to FreeBSD.
However, it is in production and such a move would take too much time.
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