What are the advantages/differences of using bsd over any other linux distro?
Edit: For anyone interested, I actually Googled the question and found a pretty interesting article: http://www.over-yonder.net/~fullermd/rants/bsd4linux/01
BSD no longer uses CVS; FreeBSD specifically has moved to SVN for their primary revision control system, and CVS and related tools (such as csup) are deprecated and in some cases disabled. Along with that, linux kernel is now in git, not bitkeeper.
While source is still the "base" method of installing and updating a FreeBSD system, and it will certainly always be available; now, binary base system and add-on utilities are becoming more popular. Specifically, `freebsd-update` can be used to update the base system's binaries and source. `pkg-ng` adds `apt-get` like binary package management.
ZFS is definitely one of the major things that has FreeBSD on all of my systems. I even run ZFS on single drive laptops:
scan: none requested
NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM
zroot ONLINE 0 0 0
ada0p3 ONLINE 0 0 0
errors: No known data errors
> BSD no longer uses CVS
Silent corruption detection.
Self-healing (when using copies=2 or higher, obviously the only way to provide redundancy on a single-drive setup).
You get the online compression (meaning you use less space and read and write faster on mechanical storage because you have less to read / write at a time), you get the snapshots, you get subvolumes, checksums, etc.
Does btrfs provide cifs export like ZFS ?
from the btrfs wiki https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/FAQ#Is_btrfs_stable.... :
Is btrfs stable?
Short answer: No, it's still considered experimental.
My trepidation with LXC would be from a documentation POV... Jails are very much known quantities, while LXC is newer, not known for great docs, and thus is probably easier to screw up.
See this HN thread for more discussion:
For a better answer, the websites of the 4 BSD projects give details on their focuses and strengths.
"With the exception of systems relating to the building and testing of packages, all FreeBSD.org infrastructure has now been brought back online. A full audit of the third party package build infrastructure code ("pointyhat") and package testing infrastructure ("redports") continues, and neither system will be brought back online until audits are complete."
There's also ARP Networks (http://www.arpnetworks.com), which seems to have a good reputation, and RootBSD (https://www.rootbsd.net), which seems expensive for what you get. I haven't personally tried either.
I've had both from them and have found support to be excellent. Honestly can't say enough good things about these guys.
FreeBSD 9.1 Amazon ami has been released. I've been running on FreeBSD on EC2 for a while without issue.
(at least on 8.x I had to move kern.timecounter.hardware away from HPET)
How is device (ethernet, wireless, Intel GPU) support on laptops?
Some related recent links:
I use ZFS on Arch (although not on this laptop, actually). I don't think you _need_ to choose?
FUSE should work as well, I .. just didn't try. So ZFS for me is now a ~normal~ kernel filesystem, with some caveats about the external dependency and ignoring the big 'solaris layer' it needs to provide before zfs even starts.