NetBSD 5.0 looks cool

Sam Fourman Jr. sfourman at
Fri Feb 19 12:49:09 UTC 2010

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 4:30 PM, Mark Shroyer
<subscriber+freebsd at> wrote:
> 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...

Mature xen dom0 support is a REALLY BIG plus for me, I wish FreeBSD
had Xen Dom0 support :/
I also wish that NetBSD had mature ZFS support (or at least working snapshots).

I have taken a look at NetBSD 5 and I have to say it isn't too bad, I
was surprised.

Sam Fourman Jr.
Fourman Networks

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