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What do you run FreeBSD on?

What do you use FreeBSD on?


  • Total voters
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Trihexagonal

Aspiring Daemon

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#51
My point of view: If I cant trust and rely on FreeBSD on my servers, why should I use something less reliable and flexible on my desktops and laptop?
I've been running FreeBSD on my laptops for 12 years now and if I had to use one word to describe them it would be reliable. Not once in all that time have I had a crash, a problem I couldn't figure out or find the answer to if I looked around. Flexible? I can do anything on them I could on a Windows or Linux machine with the possible exception of playing Oblivion, and only because I don't like Wine.

I use FreeBSD 11.0 RELEASE-p9 32bit on my 10 year old Sony Viao with Intel Dual Core t2060 and 2GB Ram.
The 64 bit version on a Gateway/Acer clone with AMD Phenom II x 3 n830, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 and 4GB RAM.
I was running 64 bit on a Thinkpad T61 till it shot craps a few weeks ago, but I attribute that to the dock I had it in.
 

poorandunlucky

Well-Known Member

Thanks: 25
Messages: 359

#52
TL;DR
A couple of standard towers, everything fine
A few different laptops, mostly Ok, newer one needs CURRENT to get Intel video, Intel cards need lines added to /boot/loader.conf and only use 802.11a, trackpad works but scrolling and tapping don't.
you know, i think that might be a new, fresh perspective for FreeBSD to have... in the past, there used to be a huge discrepancy between server, and desktop hardware, but today all desktops are yesterday's mainframe supercomputers, and the divide is ever getting smaller... With virtual reality, and more space being given to objects (in a "virtual" kind of sense), I definitely think FreeBSD should address this issue of focusing solely on the "backend" of things... I'm not saying it should become another distribution of a desktop OS, what I'm saying is that there should be a FreeBSD desktop environment... somehow, someway, in its own way...

I think you should check out the certifications needed for card processing.
https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org

The rate a merchant pays in processing fees is related to their security posture.
You know, I haven't looked at it, but in a world where the most important thing at the end of the day is being able to assign blame to someone else (maybe so you can wash your hands of your own work), I don't doubt it's fairly hefty, and I don't doubt it's actually pretty simple and straightforward, despite being scary, and voluminous, so as to scare off the kiddies (which is a good idea, see... i'm not perpetuating that kind of bullshit : P )... and I'm sure it's also quite costly to meet all the requirements, but in the end, it's probably just using a bunch of certified software, and ensuring all employees wear badges or something... I'm sure it's not very hard to steal credit card numbers from a payment processor. I'd rent the office upstairs. : D

Interesting that users are running so many FreeBSD desktop systems, since it seems to break with the common place that the main usage of FreeBSD is for servers.

I noticed the difference between the thread title "What do you run FreeBSD on?" and the poll title "What do you use FreeBSD on?" So it came to my mind, that maybe FreeBSD is running on many desktop systems for sort of curiosity, which are not actually being used heavily.
I think you're chasing rabbits.
 

Trihexagonal

Aspiring Daemon

Thanks: 314
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#53
I definitely think FreeBSD should address this issue of focusing solely on the "backend" of things... I'm not saying it should become another distribution of a desktop OS, what I'm saying is that there should be a FreeBSD desktop environment... somehow, someway, in its own way...
There is already GhostBSD, which is fairly well respected from what I know of it although I've never used it, and TrueOS, formerly PC-BSD.

I like things the way they are now. I prefer to build it from scratch and wouldn't use a version that came pre-rolled with a DE, applications, etc. even if they came out with one.

As far as that goes, I'm one one of my FreeBSD laptops now, using Fluxbox, so there already is a desktop option with vanilla FreeBSD. It's rock solid and set up just the way I want it with image manipulator, music and video player, CD ripper, DVD burner, web browser, file manager, etc. What more could you ask for? Somebody to do it for you?
 

trev

Aspiring Daemon

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Messages: 536

#54
I noticed the difference between the thread title "What do you run FreeBSD on?" and the poll title "What do you use FreeBSD on?" So it came to my mind, that maybe FreeBSD is running on many desktop systems for sort of curiosity, which are not actually being used heavily.
My home FreeBSD desktop (late 2009 Mac Mini) is used for email, web browsing, mailserver, webserver, nameserver and C programming. My other machine (late 2012 Mac Mini) runs macOS and has VMs of Windows 2000, XP, 7 and 10. It is rarely used in comparison except to read .docx files, and the Windows VMs are used only for compiling programs for PIC microcontrollers and running Delphi for compiling occasional OS X/macOS programs.
 

nosferatu

Member

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Messages: 52

#55
I use it for my home server. I used it before in VirtualBox. I will use (in 2 days) it in my laptop as dual-boot with Windows. I use it on MIPS based device. I use it with ARM based router.

Once got it working it works like a charm. I love FreeBSD.