Sam Varghese of iTWire interviews longtime FreeBSD user and sysadmin Allan Jude about the use of FreeBSD on the server.
For years now, Linux has been all the rage. But in recent times, there have been murmurings among some veterans — long-time users — after the introduction of systemd, the init system that seems to overstep its boundaries.And this talk is all about the old UNIX culture, the way one utility or application is used to do a job, do it well, and hand over the output to a second utility to process. Linux, in short, is becoming something like a Swiss army knife — complicated — and there has been talk of switching to an alternative. This is where FreeBSD comes in.Some time back, iTWire discussed the possibility of PC-BSD being used on the desktop instead of Linux. PC-BSD is more or less the same as FreeBSD; in the words of Kris Moore, it has “a vanilla FreeBSD kernel/world with some unique installation options and a slew of graphical or command-line utilities to make FreeBSD on the desktop ‘easy’.”
But Linux is more widely used on the server, where FreeBSD can be a more than adequate replacement. To get an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of this operating system, iTWire interviewed Allan Jude, the vice-president of operations at ScaleEngine, a global HTTP and video streaming content distribution network; he makes extensive use of the ZFS filesystem on FreeBSD.
Jude (pictured above) is also the host of the video podcasts BSD Now (with Moore) and TechSNAP on JupiterBroadcasting.com.A FreeBSD committer, Jude is focused on documenting ZFS and further improving the manageability of FreeBSD. He taught FreeBSD and NetBSD administration at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Canada from 2007-2010 and has 12 years of experience as a systems administrator of BSD UNIX systems.And above all, he communicates using language that any layman can understand.
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