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  1. #1
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    RedHat vs FreeBSD

    Im deciding on which one to use for me server(web hosting) in terms of stablilty, ease of use, practical. In which case, more practical for web servers.
    What are your opnions?

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    Go with the one you are more comfortable using. In reality, the OS is only as stable and secure as the person running it. Why struggle with an OS you have little experience with just because some people say it provides xx feature over xxx?

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    You should only find small differences when it comes to running a web server with either of those operating systems. You might find FreeBSD to be a little more stable, though I've never used it. You should find both servers to run the same, same programs and such, just maybe some different setups and techniques for system admining and making your server secure.
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    So, what are most of you on? which Linux distribution?

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    We run FreeBSD and like it much better then then any other OS..

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    Most companies use Red Hat Linux as their distribution of choice.

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    I see, so more or less , it's between RedHat and FreeBSD eh

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    another vote for FreeBSD
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    FreeBSD here!
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    FreeBSD is much more fast when doing routing protocol and heavy use.

    Anyway if you do well tuning of Redhat, you won't see much more different.

    If you use your server for routing (like zebra for bgp, opsf, sisi) i recommand you FreeBSD. We have test FreeBSD with 300Mbps with BGP routing without problem (20% cpu use on bi*1000Mbps PIII).

    However Redhat have a bigger community and you will find more help with RedHat than FreeBSD.

    Hope this help...
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    yea, I've been looking around for book titles, it seems that Redhat is more popular on the book covers

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    Freebsd/vs linux

    Freebsd is more stable and can take a higher load- however it depends on what control panel you want to use. Most of them support linux "better" than freebsd or don't support freebsd at all

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    "Linux is for people who hate Microsoft. "FreeBSD is for people who love Unix."

    That being said, FreeBSD is easier to install apps on, much more stable and much more secure out of the box. And run Qmail better.
    It also whitens your teeth, freshens your breath, makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, brings you closer to $DEITY and improves the quality of your life.
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    it seems like freebsd is put together better. Linux seems like there are more hacks, tricks, and patches, freebsd, seems like the code is tested, and re-tested, and things are a lil more final and put.
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    FreeBSD has standards.

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    Unlike Dirty Linux, FreeBSD will not sleep with you on the first date.

    Plus, how much does that say about your ISP when they use an operating system (Linux) that was developed by and for people who thought Unix was too complicated?

    PS: Yes I know the other reason was because Linus wanted to enhance/put Minix to shame.
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    FreeBSD vote here! We develop on FreeBSD then port to the 'others'. :-D
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    So, any book titles to learn how to administrate FreeBSD? And where do I get the server edition for it?

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    The best one I have found:

    http://www.freebsd.org/handbook

    The second best:

    http://www.google.com



    Runner up (basically some HOWTOs):

    www.freebsddiary.org
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    I like to use groups.google.com also, some good information in the news groups if you can't find it elsewhere.
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    FreeBSD _is_ server edition. :-) If you want CD's from them check out http://www.bsdmall.com/freebsd47.html (It comes with a book).

    If you just want the ISO's of the CD's you can download them from their site somewhere.

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    Ok thanks everyone

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    Originally posted by Yunalesca
    So, any book titles to learn how to administrate FreeBSD? And where do I get the server edition for it?
    The best book of all - man

    man man to start

    Build the box, run catman, use man -k <whatever it is I can't even figure out where to start with>

    If you are going to hang out in FreeBSD places, suggest a good read would be http://bofh.ntk.net/Bastard.html

    Good luck, and remember, it's the journey as well as the result.
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    AbsoluteBSD by Michael Lucas is a good book

    Also check out www.google.com/bsd

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    man is the worst place to look.

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    FreeBSD is a winner for web hosting.

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    Originally posted by JonL
    Also check out www.google.com/bsd
    I never knew... this is awsome!
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    I hear redhat is much better at managing dual processors. I would say freeBSD would be the best to use now that darkorb made a working cpanel version for freeBSD.
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    Hm.. Im currently having a dual xeon being built.

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    Originally posted by dbbrock1
    I hear redhat is much better at managing dual processors. I would say freeBSD would be the best to use now that darkorb made a working cpanel version for freeBSD.
    Linux is a little bit ahead of freebsd as far as SMP goes right now. FreeBSD 5.0 should be very smp friendly however.

    This article is a bit old, but still....
    (http://www.bsdtoday.com/2000/September/News279.html)
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