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vasanth
03-15-2004, 07:29 PM
I was toying with the idea of starting to use Linux for a long time now... For various reasons.... But now some how now i feel i should try out FreeBSD instead... I am quite new to *NIX environments...

what would you suggest.. and why woyuld you choose one over the other..

-KEN-
03-15-2004, 07:31 PM
Why not give them both a try?

vasanth
03-15-2004, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by -KEN-
Why not give them both a try?

i have installed various falvours of Linux... but dint stick with it for long..

Are there any advantages with BSD over linux...

Thantos
03-15-2004, 07:41 PM
Give me debian or give me death!

linuxdude
03-15-2004, 10:12 PM
bsd has a portage system that is close to but(IMO) not as good as gentoo's. BSD istalled faster, but BSD is usually for servers; it is now becoming more and more popular for desktop environments. look here (http://people.freebsd.org/~murray/bsd_flier.html)

RoD
03-15-2004, 10:13 PM
i like mandrake myself.

-KEN-
03-16-2004, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by linuxdude
bsd has a portage system that is close to but(IMO) not as good as gentoo's. BSD istalled faster, but BSD is usually for servers; it is now becoming more and more popular for desktop environments. look here (http://people.freebsd.org/~murray/bsd_flier.html)

Does it now? A compile-by-source system or a binary system? I use gentoo mainly for portage, but I wish it had more binaries :(.

nvoigt
03-16-2004, 02:39 PM
Both Linux and *BSD have distributions that are running from a bootable CD without the need to install anything.

Test both and see what you like. I personally think the devil is way cooler than the penguin, but then, maybe you should base your decision on technical facts :p

www.freesbie.org - for a FreeBSD Bootable CD Image Download
www.knoppix.org - for a Linux Bootable CD Image Download

( Knoppix is a German site, but it also has an english translation available from the start page )

JLPence
03-16-2004, 02:49 PM
BSD for Linux users (http://www.over-yonder.net/~fullermd/rants/bsd4linux/bsd4linux1.php) is your link. I'd go on about what little I know about BSD but in the end about everything I know was from that site. Also, here's the accompanying Slashdot article (http://bsd.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/01/16/1549222&mode=thread&tid=106&tid=122&tid=185&tid=190), if you want to see what others have to say on that article.

To tell the truth, I'd be trying/using BSD right now if I knew that a few pieces of my hardware would work.

bludstayne
03-17-2004, 10:47 AM
You got your FreeBSD crowds and you got your Linux crowds. Linux is much easier to use and more open than FreeBSD; FreeBSD is more closed up and harder to use. Linux keeps coming out with new technologies, even if they aren't stable yet; FreeBSD works on proven technology and makes it better.

If Linux and FreeBSD were politicians, Linux would be a liberal and FreeBSD would be a conservative.

All this is IMHO. I used FreeBSD for little over 6 months, and I've used Linux for a year now.

My opinion is that Linux is a superior desktop, and FreeBSD is in some cases a superior server, most cases Linux is superior. A FreeBSD server can get set up a little faster than a Linux server, but IMHO a Linux server that is set up correctly is superior to a FreeBSD server.

Just like everyone else has said, try them both out. I used to love FreeBSD to death, but I switched back to Linux and I'm never looking back.

Thantos
03-17-2004, 11:02 AM
Linux would be a liberal and FreeBSD would be a conservative.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I can't be labeled with those damn liberals.

Leeman_s
03-19-2004, 10:00 PM
If you've never used *nix, I would definitely try linux first.

Redhat would be good for starting out. Get redhat 9, not fedora yet.

RoD
03-19-2004, 10:03 PM
i decided to broaden beyond mandrake so i have downloaded the lastest versions of RH, dabien, freeBSD, slackware, and one i cant member....

bludstayne
03-20-2004, 02:51 PM
Go to http://www.archlinux.org
You won't regret it.