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The question is, 'Should I try OpenBSD/FreeBSD?'

Oct 07, 2010, 10:33 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The topic, "Should I try OpenBSD/FreeBSD?" came up recently on the Fedora Forum, and while I answered there, my answer is sufficiently long-winded enough to spin into a blog post here:

"I've done quite a bit of experimenting/learning with BSDs over the past couple of years, and I definitely recommend that Linux users set aside a box, do some installs and take some time to configure and use BSD.

"While I've run both FreeBSD and OpenBSD as desktops, I've spent most of that time with OpenBSD, which was my main desktop for six months. I had a machine on which I was having CD-ROM issues, which I later solved, but at the time OpenBSD 4.4 was fairly easily installed from a single floppy (yes, I installed an OS in 2009 from a floppy disk), and I was able to build it up enough to get most of my work done on it.

"I recently returned that particular laptop to OpenBSD 4.7 and am playing around with it.

"I did run FreeBSD 7.3 and 8.0 on it before that. With the customary varying degrees of success."

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