24th April 03:35
Gentoo versus FreeBSD
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I don't use FreeBSD regularly so what I can say is limited. From my
understanding of the FreeBSD and the BSDs in general is that they move
along a more reasonable pace (especially if you stick with FreeBSD's
stable branch) than the bleeding edge approach common to Linux (even
the kernel now days stays on the front edge). Gentoo is a perfect
example of staying up at the front as the portage tree evolves quite
quickly. Because of this the BSDs tend to be more rock solid and a
bit more secure (and in the case of OpenBSD a lot more secure).
Because of Gentoo's ability to stay on the edge I love it for desktop
use. I think next time I set up a server though I want to try out a
BSD because I could use the experience and it would require less
attention to keep it up to date.
Again, this is only my impression, someone else probably understand it
| Virtual Pc on MS XP Pro. Everything went very smooth. Virtual PC on
| windows is pretty nice. Adding FreeBSD was easy.
| I remember reading in the Portage manual that Gentoo's Portage is
| similar in allot of ways to that of BSD ports. Not fully, but some
| similarities. So I wanted to see what I was missing, so I volunteered
| to do the job.. Actually my work mates didn't want anything to do with
| this experiment. I'm still young and naive. The install docs were very
| straight forward and painless. Just follow the bouncing ball... ;-)
| Ok.. not knowing much about what the big deal is over FreeBSD versus
| Linux(more importantly, Gentoo Linux). I would like to know from those
| who can provide some honest feedback and enlightenment what the big
| deal is. Or little deal for that matter.
| I don't know anything about FreeBSD, past my 5 hr experience with
| installing and messing around with networking packages. But why
| FreeBSD if you can use Gentoo. My brother started to explain some
| licensing things that really made no sense to me. And it almost seemed
| like he went political on me all of the sudden. He can't handle his
| politics.. Its like he turns into some kind of crusader... He's gonna
| Save Me from GPL or something like that.
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Oregon State University
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