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BSD Basics

A central spot for the BSD content available on ServerWatch

Getting Started With FreeBSD 8.1

FreeBSD may not be as popular or as well known as other operating systems, but that doesn't mean it's not reliable or robust enough for most enterprise tasks. See how it fares when taken out for a spin.

FreeBSD 8.1 Provides Evolutionary Open Source Software Upgrade

The next generation of the popular BSD operating system is now available, providing stability and performance gains for open source software users.

Tip of the Trade: PC-BSD

If you're considering running FreeBSD on your servers, or just want to familiarize yourself with a new operating system, PC-BSD is an easy and pain-free way to do so.

Beyond The Big Three BSDs, BSD Alternatives

When FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD don't fit the bill, venturing beyond them may be the answer. We look at 10 not-so-well-known flavors worthy of consideration.

NetBSD, for When Portability and Stability Matter

If portability tops your list of critical OS requirements, NetBSD may be for you. The Unix OS is aimed at organizations looking for a slim and stable platform that makes it possible to run the latest server apps on modest or specialized hardware.

Protecting the Perimeter With OpenBSD

If Unix were a family, OpenBSD would be the crazy, paranoid uncle. As such, the operating system performs best for low-traffic Web sites requiring strong protection.

Differentiating Among BSD Distros

Ever wonder exactly how FreeBSD differs from Open BSD, or why Mac OS X is considered a BSD? We overview the four main BSD distributions and offer recommendations for both server- and desktop-based solutions.

FreeBSD -- Is it the perfect Internet server operating system? As close as it comes.

The best way to judge FreeBSD, a faithful implementation of BSD UNIX 4.4 for the PC architecture, is to look at who uses it and under what circumstances - and the FreeBSD list has its share of heavyweights.