Why do you guys use BSD?


Yes of course, but we must admit that there are far fewer eyes on the FreeBSD code which helps with the numbers.


My company pushed around US $1.8 trillion through FreeBSD servers and workstations last year so yes, I trust the security.


Illumos is basically OpenSolaris and whatever you could do in Solaris you can do with Illumos. Solaris was on workstations, running X a long time ago (default was one of the first Desktop Environments, CDE) rather nicely as a matter of fact. You can do all that today on Illumos (not sure about CDE). There is a distribution called OpenIndiana that uses Illumos in the same manner that TrueOS uses FreeBSD and then it installs a rather nice looking Mate environment on top. Live CD iso and Live USB images available to try. I haven’t completely explored the package repos, but they look like they are building a lot of the same things as BSDs, and Linux.

Looks to be an active CDE repo over on sourceforge.


Honestly, I don’t run much BSD. I’ve got a pfSense box, but that’s a set-and-forget appliance.

I’m super interested in running BSD though. I’ve been a Linux user for 15+ years, and over the past few years, I’ve found myself increasingly frustrated with decisions made by many distros. Using Linux no longer feels fun, and I’m hoping making the switch over the TrueOS or FreeBSD will revive some of that spark I used to have.


I agree with that line of thinking. There is a saying in the Saharan desert: “The dogs but the caravan marches onwards nonetheless” The French community will be better able to explain it. In the meantime, let them have the limelight.


A quick followup on Illumos. I downloaded the “reference distro” (OpenIndiana) and installed it on the Intel NUC I use as one of my TrueOS systems (test/play around system). I installed it to different media so it was the only thing, it installed fine, came up in their default interface (based on Mate). Ran pretty well. I had a TrueOS created zpool on an external USB drive, I was able to import that just fine and see everything on it, so FreeBSD 12CURRENT and Illumos ZFS are compatible. Typical warning about “not all features have been enabled, upgrade the pool if you want”. NOTE: if you upgrade a pool, be careful, sometimes you can’t go import it on an older system. It all depends on the features and flags used/enabled.


So you are saying that with GNU/Linux you have to reinstall the OS once in a while?


Lol some of these linux forums, the people over there are a complete joke. I can already see BSD mods are much nicer over here. Have any Linux forum members been rude to you?

Yeah true I love MIT/BSD licenses far more than GPL. Software under GPL pretends to be a Free (as in freedom) software. All though I would prefer if it were released into the public domain.

To be honest I have to disagree over here, in my personal experience, a lot of the GNU/Linux distros that I have used there are so many issues such as screen tearing (when scrolling), middle button used for scrolling does not exist, Firefox lags on Arch Linux based Operating Systems, the polybar in ArchLabs always freezes up and I am forced to restart polybar constantly, when using Opera (browser) it would have problems with some videos on YouTube and if you fullscreen the window will become smaller and if you press on the fullscreen button again then it becomes fullscreen, with ArchLabs specifically, finding settings such as how to change the time does not seem to exist for GUI. Heck I feel as though it has more bugs then Windows, At least Windows 7 shit just works on it and you can easily change any setting but it comes with some annoying bugs. I did report GNU/Linux bugs to ArchLabs but again, the mods over there are just god awful they don’t even listen to you.


I use IT because TrueOS/Project Trident/Lumina/FreeBSD jails, plus OpenRC, OpenSMTPD, Dovecot, Apache, PostgreSQL, xrdp and many other goodies work for me in *BSD :slight_smile:


All the above…

Plus, IBM buys RHEL, Msloth buys github, mysql is already digested by Oracle…

BSD is the star of my new OS Wars film idea “The Last Hope”


Hi…as per my knowledge may be Mac OS X and its versions. Most people agree that Snow Leopard was the nicest version. But they have to take, what their distributor decides. Think of GNOME 3 and Mint.
And what became of OS X server? Where is it now?


Hi. I totally agree with you. I also think that Snow Leopard was pretty good but in every field, unfortunately, distributors decide what is better for people to take :grinning: