I like this comparison between Linux and FreeBSD:
Although FreeBSD and Linux are close cousins with a considerable number of similarities under the hood, some major differences separate them. FreeBSD is tidy, self-contained, and well-organized. All the pieces form a harmonious whole — a place for everything, everything in its place, and pretty much just one way to do anything.
Linux is more like a barrel of monkeys — loud, messy, chaotic and very busy. Every monkey thinks she knows the best way to accomplish a particular task, so there are always several ways to do any one thing. The Linux world is faster-paced and more diverse, but sometimes a person just wants a nice calm computer on which to do work without all the drama.
FreeBSD is the most popular of the open source Unix operating systems. It’s a top-of-the-line genuine Unix, and it powers many of the world’s most demanding Web servers. Because it is secure, stable and easily manageable via its Ports system of package management, FreeBSD is a popular platform for servers of all kinds. FreeBSD also runs Linux binaries, so you can run pretty much any applications you want. Its hardware support is not as robust as Linux, however, so you do have to shop a little more carefully.
In case one needs to refresh his/her memory… UNIX acronyms and their meaning:
adb, ar, as, atob, awk, bash, bc, bsh, btoa, c89, cal, cat cb, cc, chgrp, chmod, chown, chsh, ci, cmp, co, comm, etc etc
FreeNAS takes our Bossie for best open source NAS server. FreeNAS is far and away the most mature open source NAS platform, built on a FreeBSD base and backed by an active community. Providing CIFS, NFS, FTP, iSCSI, RSYNC, and AFP (Apple File Protocol) support, not to mention software RAID 0, 1, and 5, FreeNAS covers just about all the bases for storage, and wraps them in an attractive Web management interface. To get in this game, all you need is a server and some disk. Even better, FreeNAS can be easily installed on a Compact Flash drive or a USB key, so none of the core OS actually lives on the storage drives, thus making it far less vulnerable to hardware failure. Its performance is dependent on the hardware used, and it’s not likely to beat an EqualLogic iSCSI SAN in a head-to-head, but for free it can’t be beat.
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Michael Iedema has posted details of a new FreeBSD based Asterisk OS(AskoziaPBX) forked from m0n0wall:
I’ve been working on a (yet another) “all-in-one” Asterisk based project. It is aimed at embedded / low power systems (but scales fine on more capable hardware) and is based on Asterisk 1.4.x and FreeBSD 6.2. Because of this, I’ve mostly been hanging out on the asterisk-bsd list as bugs rolled in and the system’s features were improved. We’re currently at public beta 10 after releasing pb1 in June and, I hope, ready to announce this to a bit larger audience.
This is not a live-cd but rather an image that must initially be written to a disk, so a dedicated machine is needed. After that, the entire system is upgradeable through the webGUI. Anyone familiar with the m0n0wall project will feel right at home as AskoziaPBX was forked from it.
Jan Stedehouder is on his journey using PC-BSD for 30 days. These are his experiences
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After a long time and hard work the FreeNAS team have released a new beta version (v0.685b) of FreeNAS. It includes many new features and a lot of bugs fixes.
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Who are you? A Windows, MAC, Linux or BSD user?
This quote, that has been around for a while, is quite funny:
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.