[talk] *BSD experiments

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Mon Feb 1 12:58:16 EST 2016

Robert Menes:
> Hey folks!
> I'm glad I came to the installfest in January! It was nice meeting
> everyone, and I want
> to extend a big thanks to George for giving me a FreeBSD SD card for my Pi!
> I've been
> playing with it on and off and learning a bit more about how the BSDs work
> under the hood!


> No, I'm not leaving Linux behind, but learning BSD is beneficial! ;)

I'm the hoarder-type... I don't leave anything behind!

> Anyways, I've thrown together an extra box with some spare parts over the
> weekend. The specs
> aren't the greatest; it's a Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM and only an Nvidia
> GeForce 6200 PCI card
> for video (the motherboard is an Intel DG41MJ motherboard in Mini-ITX
> size), but I'm thinking
> about installing a BSD onto it and learning more about the OS with it. That
> said, I'm deciding
> between FreeBSD, PC-BSD, or even going with DragonflyBSD to study its
> Amiga-esque roots.
> OpenBSD and NetBSD are off the list for now as I'm keeping those for older
> machines, and
> OpenBSD may be going onto my old ThinkPad T42.
> So what would be the best bet for my spare box?

I guess it depends.  Is there something particular you want to learn or
play with?

PC-BSD should be easy enough.. they have the UX part down to a tee.

But if you want to play with Hammer, ZFS, etc., then go with FreeBSD or


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