OS to replace FreeBSD

Bob Melson melson.r at att.net
Fri Mar 19 17:36:16 UTC 2021

On 3/19/21 11:02 AM, Jerry wrote:
> On Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:07:07 -0400, Ernie Luzar stated:
>> Matthias Gamsjager wrote:
>>> On Fri, 19 Mar 2021 at 15:16, Jerry <jerry at seibercom.net> wrote:
>>>> With the soon-to-be release of version 13 of FreeBSD and the EOL of
>>>> FreeBSD 11.x, I will need to invest in a new OS. Due to FreeBSD’s
>>>> unfortunate inability to squash bug
>>>> https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=237666, l am left
>>>> with no choice but to seek out a new OS. I need a bare-bones system
>>>> that can run a mail server, Postfix with Dovecot, and a few other
>>>> utilities.
>>   This sounds like only 2 things. 1. Something in your hardware tower
>> is
>> falling. 2. The way you updated from one release to another something
>> went wrong.
>> I would start with a clean build of release 12.2 using a disk drive on
>> a usb stick. See if problem is still there. If so you have hardware
>> problem and no amount of PR is going to fix that.
> There was nothing failing; it was a brand new PC. I have done the clean
> install with both 12.0 and 12.2, with the same results. If you actually
> read through the bug report, you would see that I am not the only one
> with this problem.
> Apparently, someone reported that you could rebuild the kernel and
> remove USB3 or something like that, but I have neither the time nor
> inclination to do that, assuming I could do it.
> Versions 10 & 11 work fine. This is something that FreeBSD did that
> screwed up the works. Dell is aware of the problem but will do nothing
> to attempt to create a work around for it. They claim it is working as
> specified and every other OS, with the exception of FreeBSD works
> correctly on that system.
> I am not going to spend more money to get a system that is happy with
> FreeBSD. I buy what I want and then get an OS that is capable of
> operating on it, not the other way around. In any case, I am thinking
> of either Fedora, Debian or Arch Linux. I was just looking for
> recommendations from anyone who has used those systems.
What I'd suggest is that you take a deep breath then ask yourself why 
you selected FreeBSD in the first place.  If the considerations that 
were important then are still important then, maybe, switching OSes is 
not the right decision.  Sure, there are a lot of alternatives out 
there, but if the factors that held at the time of your initial choice 
are still valid ...

I'd also suggest that, if BSD in general is what you're most comfortable 
with, you consider either NetBSD or OpenBSD as a possible replacement. 
Both share the same roots as FreeBSD but have followed somewhat 
different paths to reach their current releases.  Each has its positive 
points, each has negatives; how those negatives might affect you is up 
to you to determine.

Me, I'm presently running generic 12.2 on a Lenovo Ryzen box with no 
problems and have run FreeBSD on various hardware since v2.1.  I *was* - 
once upon a time - a professional user, now I'm just a happily retired geek.

Bob Melson
El Paso, TX

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