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Wednesday September 07, 2005
12:56 PM

Free BSD

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Yesterday I installed Free BSD 5.4 into a QEMU virtual machine on my Debian Etch system at home. It was an interesting experience, much quicker than Ubuntu which was the last thing I installed with QEMU.

It boots quite happily, even works perfectly. I'm not sure what to do with it at the moment. BSD feels like Linux and tastes like Linux, but obviously it's not Linux, lots of things are slightly different. Stills it's a lot better than anything from Microsoft.

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  • It actually feels much nicer than Linux… but to perceive the difference, you have to know Linux pretty well. The *BSDs are much more coherent, cohesive and consistent. Outwardly, it doesn’t make much perceptible difference, but it is there.
    • You may have a point. Compared with Red Hat Linux/Enterprise, where you do feel that everything is sort of thrown together, I can see the more integrated nature of BSD. Compared with Debian though it's less noticable, Debian's deb/apt technology is pretty good, and a lot of things at the core are also integrated. Even though just about everything else is available as a deb somewhere, much like eveything is available somewhere is ports.

      Some aspects seem more secure and sensible, things you would do on a Li

      -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
      • Yep.

        BSD is what you get when a bunch of Unix hackers sit down to try to port a Unix system to the PC. Linux is what you get when a bunch of PC hackers sit down and try to write a Unix system for the PC.

        An area where the coherence of the codebase is very apparent is man pages. There is no mess on BSD like with typical Linux distributions, with man pages written and maintained by loads of different people with wildly varying comprehensiveness and quality, some missing, many of them referring to GNU

        • I can see your point regarding man pages.

          However comparing the programs that I use of a day to day basis, I must confess a liking to the integration you get with Debian. Things are done the Debian way, which can catch you off guard at first, but once you go with the flow it's very easy to use and get on with.

          Once I installed the right userland bits to FreeBSD, I found it very quick for QEUM, and perfectly usable. The ports technology is quite fun, and seems to work quite well.

          In the big picture I stil

          -- "It's not magic, it's work..."