FreeBSD losing market share?

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Apr 9 01:08:59 UTC 2012

On Sun, Apr 08, 2012 at 09:37:15AM -0500, Jay West wrote:

> Tony wrote...
> -------------------
> I'm a bit alarmed by the fact that none of the major low-cost Xen VPS-based
> hosting providers in the modern web development
> scene<> (Rackspace,
> Linode, SliceHost, Webbynode etc.) offer FreeBSD hosting. Sure there are
> some that offer dedicated servers like M5 Hosting, RootBSD, Pair etc. but
> those are hard to find and ridiculously expensive.
> Why doesn't FreeBSD support Xen?
> -------------------
> One could also ask why Xen doesn't support FreeBSD ;)
> I've been a loyal FreeBSD zealot for decades and I still am. However, I have
> to admit, there are two severe shortcomings - not all entirely freebsd's
> fault - that keep it out of Xen hosting (and some other high end)
> environments. The answer is:
> 1) No true clustered filesystem (GFS for one example). Takes it out of the
> running completely for those environments. Hast is a wonderful step in the
> right direction, but really not the answer.
> 2) Xen - Xen-Tools have not been supported on FreeBSD to this day. Without
> it, there's little sense in running FreeBSD in a commercial hosting
> environment under XenServer. No live migration, and half the other nice
> features aren't available.
> If Xen-tools was supported in FreeBSD, I'm sure you'd see it popping up as a
> guest in XenServer hosting providers.

Well, guess you and Tony have some work to do then.
I expect it will be more than a weekend project for you.


> J
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