The question isn’t as much “Should I choose FreeBSD or Linux”, the question should be “Which OS fits my needs best?”. In our most recent comparison article, we go over the two implementations of the networking stack and look at how Linux implements networking and how FreeBSD fares in most cases.
The number of Internet of Things devices both in our homes and in the world has exploded in the last few years. Smart IoT devices can now replace everything from the humble light switch all the way to smart lawnmowers, All of these devices are driven by an Operating System of some sort. What Operating Systems are available and what do you need to consider when selecting an OS for a new product?
The bhyve hypervisor makes it easy to run reliable, high-performance virtual machines on a FreeBSD host system. In this article, we test the performance of virtual machines running Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD itself under bhyve—and we compare and contrast with performance of the same virtual machines running under Linux’s well-known KVM hypervisor. Understanding the pros and cons of each hypervisor helps you make confident, informed decisions when deciding how to set up your virtualization hosts.
With their common Unix heritage, Linux and FreeBSD have much in common. By knowing their idiosyncrasies it is easy to adapt when going between the two systems. Take a tour of some of the differences that are notable when migrating to FreeBSD. Along the way, we’ll give insights into the background and show some useful tricks.
Today, we’ll concentrate on exposing the data on your NAS to the network using NFS, Samba, and iSCSI shares. Network File System (NFS) is a commonly used protocol for accessing NAS systems, especially with Linux or FreeBSD clients. We’ll provide an overview of each type of share to help guide you in deciding which is most suited to the clients that will be accessing the NAS.
Let’s examine how non-developer contributors enhance user experience, improve bug reporting, and influence feature requests, all while becoming advocates and evangelists for your open source project.
Kubernetes has become a hot technology for managing clusters of applications, but it is famously difficult technology to use and understand. RedShift is an Enterprise cloud platform for running and managing Kubes without tying you into a single platform. FreeBSD is our favorite platform for running applications here at Klara, how does RedShift relate to the technologies that FreeBSD provides and can we create similar environments on top of FreeBSD?
The FreeBSD rc(8) subsystem is a sensible & elastic services management framework which enables extension automation as well as customizable start/stop scripts for your services. It’s also deterministic – which means services always start in the same order every boot, a critically important feature in service critical environments. Take a deep dive into FreeBSD services and automation with this new article!
Pkgng became FreeBSD’s official package manager in FreeBSD 10 in 2014. Applications can be easily installed from either pkg—a system managing precompiled binary packages—or the ports tree, which automates building and installation of packages directly from their source code.
FreeBSD has its own high-performance hypervisor called “bhyve”. Much like the Linux kernel’s KVM hypervisor, bhyve enables the creation and maintenance of virtual machines—aka “guests”—which run at near-native speed alongside the host operating system. Although bhyve got a later start than Linux KVM, in most ways it has caught up with its primary rival—and in some ways surpassed it.