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osOpinion: FreeBSD: Serving the World

May 22, 2000, 21:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Howard)

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"With the recent hype surrounding open source software, an important project has gone unnoticed in the media. This project, FreeBSD, aims to create a rock-solid UNIX clone based on the 4BSD work from the University of California at Berkeley. Begun in 1977, the BSD tradition of outstanding software design and innovation continues with FreeBSD. Today, FreeBSD supports a wide array of enterprise class components for the Intel x86 and Compaq Alpha architectures and is available at no cost via the Internet or for only $39.95 on CD from Walnut Creek."

"FreeBSD looks and feels like UNIX offering industry standard tools including a best of breed TCP/IP stack, the standard TCP/IP services, the X Windows System, the Perl scripting language, a C/C++ compiler and related development tools, an NFS client and server, and the customary array of UNIX utilities. The developers aim for POSIX compliance and maintaining compatibility with traditional UNIX environments."

"FreeBSD has clearly shown its strength as an industrial web server platform. Yahoo! uses FreeBSD to deliver nearly 500 million page hits a day, to its customers. Microsoft's Hotmail service uses FreeBSD as the front end to service over 30 million users. Walnut Creek's FreeBSD powered FTP server, ftp.cdrom.com, serves 750,000 users daily and set an Internet record transferring 1.39 terabytes of data in one day."

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