NetBSD 5.0 looks cool

Mark Shroyer subscriber+freebsd at
Thu Feb 18 22:49:44 UTC 2010

On 2/18/2010 10:32 AM, Abdullah Ibn Hamad Al-Marri wrote:
> How about these bench vs FreeBSD?!

If those numbers are characteristic of the operating system's overall
performance, then that's a really impressive leap forward for NetBSD.

That said, I use FreeBSD mainly on small, individual servers; as we all
know, there's a lot more that goes into selecting a server OS than raw
performance numbers.  Stability, security features (like the ability to
run Apache jailed with whatever random, potentially insecure CGI or PHP
applications one must install), and ease of software installation and
maintenance are important too, and for me FreeBSD excels at these things.

But between these massive performance improvements, and its mature Xen
compatibility, and the fact that they evicted Sendmail from the base
system in favor of Postfix, NetBSD really has my attention.  (In fact
I'm setting up a VM right now so I can get a feel for how NetBSD +
pkgsrc handles as a server.)  Now if only it had jails...

Mark Shroyer

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