FreeBSD or CentOS

FreeBSD or CentOS? FreeBSD or Linux, that is the question.

Well, the answer is: “It depends on what you need the operating system for and what your hardware requirements are”.

What I like about members of the FreeBSD community, they generally acknowledge that their is no perfect operating system and that Linux has some strong points over FreeBSD, and the other way round. Discussions about differences between FreeBSD and Linux are often level headed and based on facts, though not everything is always measurable (sometimes something just feels….)

A good example is a recent discussion (CentOS vs FreeBSD) on the FreeBSD Forums about whether one should use FreeBSD as server or CentOS, a Linux distribution entirely derived entirely from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

Some of the strong points in favours of FreeBSD mentioned in the discussion are:

  • Learning UNIX basics
  • Better on older hardware (low overhead)
  • Stable and secure
  • ZFS Snapshots
  • FreeBSD Jails
  • Better memory footprint
  • Preferred for VPS (RootBSD is a leading hoster FreeBSD VPS’s)
  • Can run some Linux apps faster than on Linux itself
  • Better control over software (ports)
  • Updates and upgrades without ending up reinstalling
  • Good documentation
  • etc

Strong points for  CentOS:

  • Experience handy as there are more CentOS related jobs
  • Security updates are easier
  • Beefier hardware preferred
  • Faster install and update times
  • Slow package patch processes
  • No compiling from source (FreeBSD has pkg though)
  • Better hardware support
  • etc

Note, these features were mentioned in thread, you may have different views. Please don’t start a flame here ;-)

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