"Digital Nation" Radio Show
cswiger at mac.com
Sat Mar 3 15:23:27 UTC 2007
josh at inthehouseshow.com wrote:
> My name is Josh Smith, I am the producer for the "Digital Nation," radio show,
> based out of Orlando, Fl. "Digital Nation," is about everything electronic and
> I would like to know some things about FreeBSD. Does a drive need to be
> partitioned to run it? Can it run on a partitioned drive, while the other
> portion runs Windows or Mac OSX?
It's common for one to set up two partitions if you want a machine to run both
FreeBSD and some other OS, yes. However, it's possible to run FreeBSD inside
a machine emulator like VMWare, although doing so is not going to perform
quite as well as running it on the hardware directly.
> How secure is it? What kind of computer will ideally run it? Ups and downs?
FreeBSD is very secure by most standards, although OpenBSD has a better
security track record. The potential security risks involved in running
FreeBSD have more to do with which services a machine runs, rather than what
your OS is.
FreeBSD runs on most Intel/AMD hardware out there, and also supports some
other architectures like SPARC and PowerPC. Something like a 486-grade
machine with 24MB to 32MB of RAM is probably the minimal spec. Having more
memory will help, of course, if you are running a GUI or lots of services.
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