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February 8, 2005

Using FreeBSD

It's been 5 years since I seriously used FreeBSD. Last time I was working for a web hosting company (AKA: Worst Company EVER™) and we used it for all our servers. It was nice, especially the ports tree, but there were parts I didn't like, though looking back I can't really recall what they were.

For the last few days I have been playing with the latest FreeBSD at work. We loaded 5.3 onto a development server and I have been playing sysadmin for it, since our real sysadmin has been busy with normal work, and this is a testing set up to see if it's even something we want to pursue. I have to say, I'm really impressed. The ports tree and package system is fantastic. Building the kernel for SMP support was dead easy. Every single package we need (and then some) are in the ports tree and are up to date. Keeping this machine running the latest software is dead simple. It's fast.

What's not to like?

The only resistance at work have been that it's not linux, and that it's different. Granted, you don't admin it the same way, but that's a good thing. Properly set up, there will be less maintenance. And with none of the problems we've had with keeping packages up to date (I'm talking about you, Debian...), so it looks like this might work out well for us. Time will tell, I guess.

Posted by ed at February 8, 2005 4:58 PM

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