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This is a great OS Extremely...
Strengths: Great OS!
Weakness: Not for the novice.
This is a great OS Extremely stable and it is free. It runs very fast and is not as unstable as linux plus it includes 4 cd filled with crunchy applications totaling over 4000
By netster403 - Feb 11, 2002
I started using freebsd through a...
Strengths: Its just the best. You have to know what your up to but there are also a couple of good books out there on the market for Freebsd that are good. Its reliable and easy to use as a workstation.
Weakness: Its not advertised enough in the industry.
I started using freebsd through a friend a couple of years ago and it has been great ever since then and every new version has become better. If you are a Unix user that knows how to edit files with Vi and stuff you will be able to install this OS as it takes a little more than the average Windows user understands to get it working because of drivers and X and stuff that it needs to be compatible with. This is improving all of the time. Freebsd can also be used on Slower workstations with better effect because you can strip stuff out of the kernel and with abit of experience and "Freebsd for dummies" it will work fine. I recently setup a Freebsd box as a NAT'ing router for and IP'd DSL service. It also runs Samba and a CVS server. It has been up and running now for 90 odd days and it is used for most of that time and it has not been rebooted or had any problems.
By andrew.delamare - Oct 1, 2002
Heir to the BSD Unix family,...
Strengths: rock solid stability. Never lets me down. I use it as my desktop & server OS. thousands of free tools. Awesome array of programming tools available.
Weakness: lack of latest hardware driver support. Unknown by the masses and therefore not many commercial software packages
Heir to the BSD Unix family, FreeBSD is the best free Unix availabe out there. None of the political quarreling associated with Linux. Just a damn good environment to work with.
Microsoft uses portions of the FreeBSD source code and complete FreeBSD systems (hotmail !) and it is no wonder why. Apple's OS X system is built for a large part on FreeBSD (and not Linux !). Again, no wonder if know the system.
Despite its reputation as a server OS, FreeBSD also makes for a wonderful desktop OS, provided the user has a good Unix background. After a careful set-up, it keeps going for years and doesn't cost a thing, beside a (free) contribution when you decide to purchase a CD set.
I develop software for a living and was fed up with Microsoft's expensive, virus prone systems. After my Windows 98 SE crashed and I was forced to buy Norton Utilities to 'repair' the OS, I concluded that it was ridiculous to buy 3rd party software just to keep the OS working. I changed to FreeBSD and have used it for 3 years now. I am very pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone with at least an introductory background to Linux or Unix.
The system layout is very clean. If you are a student wanting to learn the lay-out of a serious OS, this one is very good to learn from.
If you ever have troubles, in the FreeBSD newsgroups many people are willing to help solve problems. I had them and people helped me out, for free.
GO ahead and try it. You won't be dissapointed.
By edje - Jul 19, 2002
the best free OS of the world....
Strengths: stability, robust and free
Weakness: user interface is not friendly
the best free OS of the world. fast, robust, free, up to date and professional. it has a lot of products and the model of development is coordinated by a reduced group of core members, assuring a highly centralized and consistent product (not as linux)
By unixroot - Jun 5, 2002