All-in-one guide for those looking to create a low cost firewall appliance
New York Internet was the most reliable hosting company site during February 2009.
Established in 1996, New York Internet is located in the heart of the Wall Street area and owns and maintains its own data centers. The company’s core services include dedicated servers, colocation and virtual web hosting. The company’s main website is served by Apache running on FreeBSD.
To view the top 10 most reliable hosters, visit the Feb 2009 Netcraft webpage.
What ever you think of rich internet applications (RIA), the technology used for it and the companies behind it, Moonlight is available for FreeBSD in the Ports directory (/multimedia/moonlight).
Moonlight for FreeBSD is still work-in-progress but is usuable.
Should Microsoft do an Apple? Shwan Tan doesn’t see any reason, apart from pride, why MS can’t use BSD for Windows’ core:
I had this short conversation with several people the other day, where I mentioned about Windows. I wondered why Microsoft has not decided to build the next version of Windows on the BSD kernel. Besides the sin of pride, I really couldn’t think of any technical reason not to.
BSD is a distribution of Unix created by UC Berkeley. Unix is an operating system developed in 1969. Through the years, it has evolved into an extremely secure and stable OS. People who use real computers (not toy computers) use variants of Unix. There is no technical reason why Microsoft cannot just use BSD and rid the whole world of numerous security problems. A company that has finally decided to do exactly that, after going their own way, is Apple. Just in case you didn’t know, Apple uses a BSD operating system. They then designed a ultra cool user interface on top of it. Microsoft could always copy Apple – they do it all the time anyway.
He goes into:
- Backwards Compatibility
- Proprietary Software, and
- Technical Superiority
Microsoft should seriously consider doing an Apple. It will end up doing the whole world a favour by introducing ’safe computing’ to the masses instead of introducing new infections with every new version of Windows.
Read the whole article (blog.sybreon.com, 02/03/2009)
Aaron Baugher has a post describing why he’s still using FreeBSD:
I’ve been using FreeBSD for probably ten years now, since discovering it on a client’s servers and deciding I liked it. We hardly ever need to compile a custom kernel now, but back then we did it a lot, and it was much simpler on FreeBSD. The ports system was also far better than RPM, the most common software distribution system on Linux at the time, which would gradually develop dependency issues after you’d used it a while. So I liked FreeBSD better at the software level.
The FreeBSD philosophy also seemed more professional and yet freer than the Linux community. The FreeBSD license is basically, “Here, take this and do whatever you like with it (including making money); just give the person who created it credit.” That’s much simpler and more open than the GPL. There’s an “Information wants to be free!” attitude in a lot of the GNU/Linux camp that I guess I got too old for.
Thanks to the FreeBSD philosophy and design and a lot of hard work by serious people, it’s a rock-solid server platform. It makes a wonderful web server, and the new stuff you can do with jails means even shared servers can let webmasters run insecure junk PHP scripts without any risk that they’ll hurt each other or the system. It also works very well with qmail and the whole suite of DJB tools for DNS and other server purposes.
Read the whole post (aaron.baugher.biz, 02/03/2009)
Last week we wrote about VirtualBSD, a pre-configured vmware appliance that can be used in VMware Workstation or the VMware Player.
If you want to use another window manager, for instance, or want to install a minimal installation, why not do create your own virtual FreeBSD in VMware?
This howto (ptankov.wordpress.com) shows step-by-step with screenshots how to install FreeBSD 7.1 on VMWare Workstation.