Intel Macs and FreeBSD?
uwe at laverenz.de
Sun Apr 30 14:05:30 UTC 2006
On Sun, Apr 30, 2006 at 02:03:20AM -0700, Mark Edwards wrote:
> So, how about it? Is the concept of running this off of Ubuntu being
> easier than FreeBSD just a pipe-dream? I have messed with Debian and
> Ubuntu, but never tried to run a server off of either. I would love
> to hear from people who have been down both roads, whether there is
> some sense to it, or if I should just stick with FreeBSD.
A good way to make the right decision would be intensive testing of the
systems you don't know (Debian/Ubuntu). Install them, read about them,
see how they fit your needs.
>From my experience, running a server using a Debian-based system is a
lot easier and safer (as long as you choose one of their "stable"
releases). You get a well-tested set of software that does not change
if you don't want it. Installing the latest security fixes is as easy
as typing "apt-get update" followed by an "apt-get upgrade". The
downside with running "stable" is that after a while the software will
be somewhat outdated. This is not a problem for servers, but many people
don't like "old" software on their desktops (Debian-Stable aka "Sarge"
comes with Gnome 2.8, for example). This is one of the problems that
Ubuntu tries to solve: they try to get a new release done twice a year.
A quite common answer to the question "which distribution?" is:
Debian-Stable for servers, Ubuntu for workstations.
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