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OzzY



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Recently I've been testing lots of different linux distributions and trying to get really deep on unix-like systems.

I tried FreeBSD on Virtual Box and I wonder if anyone here use it as desktop. Is it possible / good idea?
Post 04 May 2009, 03:04
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ManOfSteel



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Of course it's possible.

You can use FreeSBIE or PC-BSD.

Or you can manually install FreeBSD itself, Xorg and a desktop environment (like KDE, GNOME, Xfce, etc.), or even just a window manager (like Window Maker, Fluxbox, FVWM, IceWM, JWM, etc.) and complete it with third-party applications.

There are so many possibilities...

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Post 04 May 2009, 07:42
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drhowarddrfine



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I use FreeBSD exclusively but not FreeSBIE or PC-BSD, though I tried PC-BSD in the past and it's very good. Ubuntu-ish. My desktops are manually created, like ManOfSteel mentioned above.

The only issue you would ever find with FreeBSD is using Flash. Adobe does not issue drivers for FreeBSD but workarounds are available. Also, Nvidia is very unhelpful with graphic card drivers while ATI is significantly better. Nvidia is getting better, though.

Interestingly, FreeBSD runs many Linux applications better than Linux does due to the layout of the architecture.
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vid
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What is the rationale for 64-bit *BSD not being able to run 32-bit apps?
Post 04 May 2009, 16:41
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LocoDelAssembly
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Quote:

What is the rationale for 64-bit *BSD not being able to run 32-bit apps?


Don't know but are you sure 64-bit FreeBSD is on the list of 64-bit BSDs not supporting 32-bit apps??

drhowarddrfine wrote:
Interestingly, FreeBSD runs many Linux applications better than Linux does due to the layout of the architecture.


Do you have a link with a (reasonable recent) benchmark showing this?
Post 04 May 2009, 17:02
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drhowarddrfine



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vid wrote:

What is the rationale for 64-bit *BSD not being able to run 32-bit apps?
Who told you that? Not that I've paid that much attention but I haven't heard that said.

LocoDelAssembly wrote:

Do you have a link with a (reasonable recent) benchmark showing this?
No, though I was reading someone on slashdot who said the same thing over the weekend. My last reference was from 2005, though.
Post 04 May 2009, 18:11
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vid
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Don't know but are you sure 64-bit FreeBSD is on the list of 64-bit BSDs not supporting 32-bit apps??

hmm, right, that report was about OpenBSD, not FreeBSD. But still...
Post 04 May 2009, 18:13
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Plue



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vid wrote:
What is the rationale for 64-bit *BSD not being able to run 32-bit apps?
Because in the unix world, most applications are distributed as source code (in theory), so it makes more sense to compile it as a native application than to first build a cross compiler to make 32-bit code, then compile the program as 32-bit, only to run it in compatibility mode.

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