Why should I choose NetBSD over FreeBSD/OpenBSD/Linux?
Although NetBSD runs on like 27 more archs than you probably
have, it still offers you:
Probably the only thing you won't get with NetBSD is the media hype.
You'll need to get that somewhere else.
- State of the art device drivers (shall I say soundcard?
Oh, and just in case you need features like serial console
or a netboot.
- Latest network technologies (first OS to integrate IPv6,
IEEE 802.11 wireless networking)
- First OS to support USB! Support includes mice, keyboards, modem,
mass storage devices (USB ZIP!)
- DVD ROM support
- Working LFS and FFS with softdep support for fast, high performance
- Installation from floppy, CD, disk, tape, NFS, FTP
- One (1) source tree for all architectures,
including X, networking, device drivers
- Low number of security bugs reported in any public forums
like bugtraq (Security without a hype)
- Runs your Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, SCO-binaries
- First free OS to make a y2k statement (in case you need it)
- Swap/page over NFS, and unlimited size of swap file/partition.
- Kernel debugging on the local machine, remote, or post mortem.
- Full source available (even the RCS files, in case you want
your own CVS repository)
- ... and OF COURSE it runs all the essentials like KDE, GNOME, Netscape,
Quake, apache, perl, samba, StarOffice, GIMP, etc.
Hubert Feyrer, 19991211
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