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    • beandog beandog July 30, 2012

      I like that manpage — that was one of the first things I did when starting up, was read it. It’s helpful.

  1. Andreas Nilsson Andreas Nilsson July 28, 2012

    We use a lot of fbsd at work, and I’m sorta’ the one doing the system setup. I also recently switched my laptop over from ubuntu to fbsd, as the last problems seemed solved ( suspend-to-ram ).

    One of the main reasons I enjoy fbsd so much is the feeling of consistency in the OS. It is developed as a whole, not as individual packages. I also prefer modifying/reading system settings via sysctl than poking around in /sys and /proc. I also find the manpages shipping with the base OS much easier to read than the equivalent ones in linux.

    I use zfs a lot, and it really saves a lot of pain and frustration, so go for it 😉 One of the great things is the possibility to have something like opensolaris boot environments, ie, you clone your running root fs, chroot/jail into it and do system and/or package-updates. When done just set a zpool property to boot the new env. If there is a problem, just switch back to the old one. zfs can also facilitate backups.

    Regarding ports/packages: yes, it can be a bit frustrating trying to find what you are looking for. Main problem is still upgrading installed ports, as there is only very basic dependency tracking. There is a utility called portmaster which is good though. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but there is a new package-system being developed. It’s called pkgng and this—best-thing-since-sliced-bread!.html might be a good start.

    So, all in all, hope you get to like fbsd 🙂 And have a look at some man-pages, they usually have a lot to teach us. rc.conf, loader.conf, ifconfig and hier are perhaps the most important ones.

    • beandog beandog July 30, 2012

      Andreas, I’m noticing more and more how FreeBSD owning the entire stack is making more sense, and I kind of like it the more I use it.

      I heard about pkng, gonna look into it. I keep thinking there’s gotta be simpler ways to install stuff.

  2. Aaron Toponce Aaron Toponce July 29, 2012

    I’m sure you have already read this on my blog (you do read my blog, don’t you?), but you can install ZFS as a native kernel module in Linux. Check out No, it’s not FUSE, and it’s the latest sources that were available before Oracle screwed everything up. I’ve been using it for about a year now, with great success. If it’s ZFS you’re after, you don’t need the BSDs.

    • beandog beandog July 30, 2012

      Yah I’ve looked into the Linux port, but still seems sketchy to me. Also, I’ve pretty much stopped reading blogs for a time now, dunno why, really. Maybe I should setup my own planet feed — that’d be simpler to catch up on than an RSS reader.

  3. Donnie Berkholz Donnie Berkholz July 30, 2012

    FWIW, I switched to Gentoo from FreeBSD. Lots of frustrations with the lack of coherency in the package management, as well as a bunch of Linux-only apps.

    • beandog beandog July 30, 2012

      I’m running only Apache MySQL PHP stacks over here, so I don’t really have many package issues. The only thing I want so far is a Percona build.

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