Introduce yourself, tell us who you are and why you chose FreeBSD


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Hi there!

I'm exploring FreeBSD as a primarily GNU/Linux user since 2002. I haven't had any negative experiences with the Linux-based distros or communities, but I've always wanted to try FreeBSD and figured it would make a great New Year's resolution to do so. Right now I'm running FreeBSD on a ThinkPad and a home server, but I think I will convert more of my machines over if the fun continues. I'm really enjoying ports, the great documentation, and the fact that FreeBSD is an entire operating system and with it the associated polish.

I look forward to interacting with all of you!



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Hi all,

I'm a network engineer by profession with linux as my hobby for many years now. Recently I watched a couple of presentation on YouTube on Netflix using FreeBSD and decided to give it a try. I bought the new book by Michael W. Lucas, installed FreeBSD 11.2 on my laptop and I will install it on my home servers as well. Currently I'm liking it quite a lot and I don't plan to return to Linux.


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First used FreeBSD 2.1.5 back in 1996, and have jumped back and forth between it and mostly Debian ever since. Spent some time in 2018 running SmartOS (a nice Illumos derivative), and just recently found my way back over to FreeBSD.

Greetings from WI, USA, on a snowy winter night. :)


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I played games on windows 98 and then windows XP until about 2013.
I got a job at a university and I sat down with a coworker who was a FreeBSD user. I wanted to learn FreeBSD because his computer screen looked like the Matrix screen with the green text in the Pop-culture science fiction movie form the late nineties.
He walked me through installation on an older laptop i386 and then he said that teaching me FreeBSD was like teaching me how to rebuild a car, a Chevy, and that I should be thankful for the car.
Now I can get around on the internet in my Free"Chevy"BSD
I like the idea of learning PF, UNIX, and something other than Windows/MAC to be counter cultural.


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Windows 95/98/xp/ user -> Linux Redhat 7/8/9,Mandrake,Debian -> FreeBSD 10/11/12
I was so happy with Debian but the bad bad init replacement fuc$#d off..
today FreeBSD for:
Freedom of choose , I cant hack and change everything, simplicity, great community
just simple as that..i love it

I forget..the latest software and ports


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I first used FreeBSD as remote host at the beginning of the 1990 years, but I was SunOS user and later Solaris user. In the beginning of the 2000 I installed Linux, but it was so strange to me that I installed FreeBSD after a while. Later I moved to OpenBSD that I continue to use: the wlan drivers seemed me to run better there, also UMTS support (I no idea how to use UMTS with FreeBSD). I began to use FreeBSD again because I needed ZFS. I like both, OpenBSD and FreeBSD, but they are somehow different. The reasons: BSD because it was familiar to me from SunOS, ZFS because I wanted a file System that run in many Operating Systems and will be alive for (I hope) many decades, I wanted the redundancy and self healing. I think, ZFS is too complicated and heavy for my purposes, but it is a compromise that fulfill the main conditions: I do not know an alternative. Before using SunOS I used the OS available in the computer I had to write a program, for example TOPS-10: I did not expend much time with the operating System, I learned the minimum I needed, important was only the result of the program. I think, I expend too much time with the OS and that is not healthy.


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Hi everyone,
My first computer was a TRS-80 with 16k of ram. I did lots of basic programming in that. That was many, many moons ago.

Since then, I've become a bit of a systems polyglot; setting up and learning about more OS's than most people know exist. DOS (PC, MS & DR/Novell), Windows 1 thru 10, MacOS 7-9 then into the X, VMS on VAX and Alpha, SunOS and Solaris, IRIX, AIX, Novell Netware, SCO, many Linux distros and the main BSDs.

When I had the space, I was amassing a large personal computer museum with all sorts of hardware. Mac, PC, HP-RISC, Sparc, SGI, DEC, etc. I always tried to get them running, if not with their original OS, at least with Net or OpenBSD or a Linux system. Of the two Alpha's I had, an AXPpci & the DEC-XL, the XL would only run Linux or Windows NT. I got running Linux. The AXPpci was the slowest 64 bit computer I've ever used. I gifted it to a burgeoning young computer nerd just 2 years ago.

At home for the longest time, I ran Macs. In my hometown, I was one of your three places to call for Mac service - and the other two Mac places would contract me as well.

It was before Apple made the switch to Unix that I started teaching myself Unix and Linux. Friends of mine were all "Get your MCSE! It's easy!" I said "You can throw a stick into a crowd and hit a dozen MCSE's. Now find me someone who knows Mac or Unix. Less competition and I can't stand Windows." I was an "Anyone but Microsoft" type back in the 90's.

I'll admit, my main desktop has been some variant of Linux for a while now. Kubuntu lately, just because it works for me. Some of the more niche hardware, like the video capture devices, have been a bit of a challenge, but nothing show stopping.

My home server, however, has been a FreeBSD powerhouse for several years now. Once I got into ZFS and jails, holy smokes. I've got a file server, my wife's CRM system & and Minecraft server for my step-daughter running on the same system, with ZFS snapshots being sent to the backup server. I've run into a couple hiccups, but again, nothing show stopping. All learning opportunities.

I like the streamlined approach of FreeBSD. The manual pages are descriptive. The layout is concise and clean. The flexibility is astonishing.
My biggest wish is the ability to grow ZFS volumes by just adding disks and not having to repurchase the whole array in larger drives. That's the only Enterprise level storage feature I miss from ZFS.

Anyway, keep on keeping on :)


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Who's new to FreeBSD? Did you migrate from another OS and what was your reason?
I am a student of mathematics. I am familiar to UNIX user-land, it's simplicity, FHS. Linux is way too much fragmented for me. I prefer BSD license philosophy. I also use Windows and macOS casually. FreeBSD for daily usage on desktop. I am learning system programming here (I use jails for that). Very cool OS.



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Coming back to this forum after an absence of more than five years. Resurrected my online moniker and reconnecting with old friends. This place hasn't changed. Great to be back.