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DaemonNews.org: Why I Switched to FreeBSD

Apr 08, 2001, 16:00 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Warren W. Gay)

"...At first, I did not feel quite at ease with FreeBSD. In the workplace, I had always used a System V type of UNIX, and on a hobby basis I was used to using Linux. To make my transition to BSD easier, I invested in the excellent book "The Complete FreeBSD: 3rd Edition" by Greg Lehey. By the time I finished writing the "Advanced UNIX Programming" book, I was very impressed with FreeBSD."

"While I was impressed with FreeBSD, I was not yet sold on it as my platform of choice. Two events had to occur first: the install of Linux Red Hat 7, and the other was putting my old 486 to work as a firewall."

"It seemed to me that every release of Linux was getting fatter and fatter (at least for Red Hat). Red Hat 7 especially, seemed to bring this point home to me. When I tried to trim down a minimal Red Hat 7 install on my 486 for use as a firewall, I was aghast with the number of executables and little files for questionable purposes. I really don't care to list my directories in color, and I certainly didn't need six different ways to do it. Red Hat 7 was also very sluggish on the 486DX4."

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