What's so compelling about FreeBSD?
speedtoys.racing at gmail.com
Sun Oct 15 22:50:54 PDT 2006
Linux has iSCSI...which hands Fbsd a real beating in the server space.
I work on projects at more customers than I can keep track of that
-have- to use Linux in the middle of Fbsd farms just because of the
amazing lack of iscsi support.
Linux has been doing iscsi since what..2002 or so? Maybe 2003?
C;mon..yes, I know a brave soul is starting work on it now, but how
did the Fbsd effort let this lie for so long?
On 10/15/06, Girish Venkatachalam <girishvenkatachalam at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 12:35:13AM -0400, Andy Harrison wrote:
> > On 10/15/06, William Tracy <afishionado at gmail.com> wrote:
> >So, basically, I'm asking you guys to wow me. :-) Show me how FreeBSD
> >can outdo Linux. Make me never want to go back.
> Ah well, you have to experience it. No amount of convincing or intellectual gymnastics will help you.
> Know that in the software ecosystem there is a place for everything.
> There are situations in which you have to use linux and even Windoze.
> But things are so vibrant that more and more Windoze apps are available in linux and FreeBSD and also in NetBSD and OpenBSD.
> Personally for me linux has very good support for a wide range of TV cards, remote controls and other rare hardware.
> BSDs also have support but somewhat limited.
> FreeBSD gives you CCD,GEOM,GDBE, netgraph and various other features hard to find in other OSes. Some equivalents exist but not as good.
> OpenBSD has very good IPsec , pf , BGP and other networking stuff. pf is also available on FreeBSD but I doubt if it is as well integrated and feature rich as OpenBSD.
> Linux has a lousy file system and is somewhat unstable and will throw surprises if you stress it or use it in unexpected ways.
> Whereas BSDs have very very good stability. For instance FreeBSD will give roughly 20 to 30% better overall performance compared to Linux. This is subjective and dependent on various factors but this has been my experience.
> In terms of packages FreeBSD I think has the largest number since it can emulate linux binaries too.
> I can go on but I suggest you try things with an open mind.
> If you like it, stick to it , else go back.
> Nobody is forcing you.
> But remember, give it enough time and be open.
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