updating a FreeBSD workstation
dpchrist at holgerdanske.com
Sat May 23 18:52:47 UTC 2020
> On Sat, 23 May 2020 at 09:39, Doug Denault <doug at safeport.com>
>> Thoughts/questions on updating a FreeBSD desktop.
>> My solution has been every so often start fresh because I can not
>> afford the time to risk a non-working desktop.
On 2020-05-23 00:47, Odhiambo Washington wrote:
> Use your Linux of choice
On 2020-05-23 01:02, Polytropon wrote:
> ... if you want a "just works", use Linux.
I have been using Debian for desktops for many years (currently Debian 9
amd64 xfce). I try very hard to keep my installs as close to OOTB as
possible. Xfce has more features and is better integrated on Debian.
Almost all of the software I need is available as binary packages. By
choosing hardware with Intel graphics, I avoid problems with proprietary
graphics drivers. Debian, plus Ubuntu and other derivatives, have a
large enough install base that some software projects/ vendors release
binary packages and/or operate package servers (Google, Mozilla,
Oracle). Minor version updates/ upgrades are easy, and rarely fail. (I
backup/ wipe/ install/ restore for major version upgrades.)
That said, there are non-trivial differences between FreeBSD and the
various GNU/ Linux distributions. It is not uncommon that you have to
learn two ways to accomplish the same goal -- one for each platform.
For interactive terminal use and for shell scripts, I install GNU tools
on FreeBSD. The FreeBSD feature I miss the most on Debian is ZFS.
While I can install ZFS on Debian and use it successfully for data
disks, using ZFS for a Debian system disk has too many costs and risks.
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