"For speed and security, FreeBSD is the way to go. In no way am I trying to say that Red Hat, or Linux, is inferior. Linux has very good desktop uses, and works well in some server situations. But, the FreeBSD 4.x tree is by far the fastest OS running on Intel hardware that I've ever seen."
This paper provides a short comparison and overview of six word
processor programs which run on Unix, specifically FreeBSD:
AbiWord, Applix Words, FrameMaker, KWord, StarWriter, and
WordPerfect. The goal is to save time for others looking for a word
processor by guiding them to the most likely preferred products
Following the release of FreeBSD 4.1.1 in September, 2000, many bugs were fixed, important security issues dealt with, and a conservative number of new features added.
When you think of using pretty GUI administrative utilities, Unix is usually not the first operating system that springs to mind. However, the operating systems that do provide nice-looking utilities usually don't let you configure the system any deeper than the vendor wants you to. Fortunately, with FreeBSD and the ports collection, you can have the best of both worlds.
FreeBSD has a new core team which was elected by active FreeBSD
committers. According to the FreeBSD Handbook, the core team
"constitutes the project's 'Board of Directors', responsible for
deciding the project's overall goals and direction as well as managing
specific areas of the FreeBSD project landscape."
I've loved FreeBSD since the first moment I saw that devilish logo. The OS has always impressed me with its stunning performance and infallible stability. Of course, times change and for numerous reasons I've been running Windows 2000 lately. The other day I noticed that FreeBSD 4.1 had been released, so I thought I would give it a whirl on my spare hard drive.
The buzz in operating systems today seems to center on Linux. But there's another OS generating a lot of interest - BSD.