- Dec 22, 2003
Just to say that FreeBSD has claimed this forum.
I had a rather crap ascii daemon as my screensaver for a while. But it has been replaced with something a bit more modern looking.Jonty said:Hello
This is somewhat off-topic, so forgive me, but I happened across a rather amazing full-color ASCII depiction of the FreeBSD logo the other day. I don't usually go in for that kind of stuff, but this was rather impressive. Anyway, it goes without saying it's no longer around when I actually need it I did however find this, which although a little dull it still rather clever (although probably automated): FreeBSD ASCII Logo.
I'm currently using Debian GNU/Linux (stable release) - nice and easy to control what's installed and what isn't, a working network installer(!) and good patch support / response to security alerts..fatbusinessman said:Somewhat along the same lines, has anyone got suggestions for which OS to use on a Web server I'm setting up? I'm contemplating either some form of BSD (Free or Open?) or a Linux distribution, minus X of course. If nothing else presents itself I'll probably go with RedHat 9 due to familiarity, but there is the issue that RedHat will stop supporting that at the end of April...
If the machine is only going to be a server, I'd probably go with OpenBSD.fatbusinessman said:Somewhat along the same lines, has anyone got suggestions for which OS to use on a Web server I'm setting up? I'm contemplating either some form of BSD (Free or Open?) or a Linux distribution, minus X of course. If nothing else presents itself I'll probably go with RedHat 9 due to familiarity, but there is the issue that RedHat will stop supporting that at the end of April...
If you have little experience then I'd suggest FreeBSD over OpenBSD. Being a more popular distro it has much greater support available. The FreeBSD Handbook is an excellent source for starting out and the ports system is so much more newbie friendly when it comes to installing and upgrading software.fatbusinessman said:Even bearing in mind I haven't got a huge amount of experience configuring *nix?
Each flavour of *nix has its' own pros, cons and share of fanatics. In my experience:lecter said:Solaris clearly rules.
BSD forums are useful, no matter which one you go with.mongrol said:The main BSD distro's can be described thus;
FreeBSD - Most popular, all round general distro.
OpenBSD - Most secure (1 security flaw since its birth)
NetBSD - Most supported hardware (runs on over 30 platforms)
Darwin - MAC OSX without the good bits (ignore)
The dark side indeed. Especially what with their 'let's try and sue anyone who's using Linux' shenanigans.soulthief said:I was "brought up" on SCO UNIX - talk about backing a loser - I still think it was a Microsoft plot!!! Still, sysadmsh rules
They are nice. Although you can't help but get the feeling that some distros are, if anything, trying a little too hard with the GUIs.soulthief said:FFS, I really must get into linux, especially now it's got all those lovely GUIs and it actually recognises your hardware
As others have made mention of Debian GNU/Linux has a great package management system. I've a machine here that's been through 3 releases of Debian without a reinstall, and not a problem. New stable release? Just twiddle a few lines in /etc/apt/sources.list, apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade, and answer the few prompts (necessary for some packages when versions change stuff).Perky_Pat said:Hi
FreeBSD is great IMHO - it's so easy to maintain and upgrade unlike some other Unices.
Games are the only reason that Windows is still taking up space on my hard drive. OK, you can emulate them using X-Wine e.t.c. but that just sucks in comparison to running them native.TdC said:I use Solaris and all the BSDs regularly, Slackware linux sometimes. Imo Solaris rules on SPARC arch, especially when multiprocessor, and the BSDs own for everything else </FACT> windows is good for some games though.
Thanks for the advice Gurnox, I will do. It really is well overdue for me to partition my PC at home and get linux on it. The last distribution I installed was Red Hat 5 (proxy server at work), so it's been a while!Gurnox said: