FreeBSD 3.2 -- 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:
- Yahoo uses FreeBSD and Apache to power one of the most popular Web servers on the Internet.
- The MP3.com Web site uses FreeBSD and Apache to serve pages and mp3 music files.
- Microsoft uses FreeBSD -- not Windows NT -- to power its Hotmail electronic-mail servers.
Now, to be fair to Microsoft, the software giant does indeed use Windows NT and IIS for most of its corporate site's Web servers (www.microsoft.com), and the usage of FreeBSD and Apache represents only a small portion of the Microsoft Internet empire. Still, if FreeBSD is good enough for Bill Gates (on some small level) and the folks at Yahoo (on a much larger scale), it should be good enough for your Web server, whether you're implementing an small business intranet or an enterprise-level Web server devoted to electronic commerce. Why is FreeBSD such a popular choice for industrial-grade Web serving, even though it's an operating system built to run on Intel-based PCs? Bottom line? It's because FreeBSD is known for having one of the fastest TCP/IP stacks in the operating-system world.