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Not-actually Linux distro review: FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE

Installing FreeBSD has a distinctly old-school feel to it. The entire process is text-mode, like a Debian or an Ubuntu Server installation. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; it means you’ve always got keyboard shortcuts, fast menu rendering, and you can defer potential hardware-driver issues until later, after the OS itself is installed.

For about a decade—1997-2007, give or take—I was a staunch FreeBSD user and strongly preferred it to Linux. Very little has changed about the installation process since then, although I don’t remember a LiveCD environment.