Hello FreeBSD is not Linux and requires the use of the command as opposed to many distros such OpenSuse, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, etc. I have tried OpenBSD and FreeBSD and these operating system are more complicated and unreliable than Linux. Everybody has their favorite distribution but this bias can influence the new users. If you are wondering, FreeBSD is the only BSD operating system designed for desktop use. RegardsJorkano Faln
Recently installed Slackware again (pumped for the upcoming 14.2 release). Been on Voidlinux for months before that (still am, on my netbook for well over a year now).Both distro's do have slim similarities with some of the BSD's and my natural curiosity pushes me towards BSD every day. SO I have a 100GB spare partition on my mainrig left, that I will throw FreeBSD on (playing around with PC-BSD on VM before that).
There is no shortage of GNU/Linux distributions and package managers, but GNU Guix and GuixSD distinguish themselves in several important ways. As a package manager, Guix offers uncommon features such as transactional upgrades and rollbacks -- users can run package upgrades, possibly unattended, confident that they can roll back to the previous state should the upgrade trigger bugs.GuixSD, the Guix System Distribution, takes that to the level of the complete operating system: instead of modifying configuration files and other parts of the system state in a possibly irreversible fashion, GuixSD sysadmins provide a declaration of what they want the system to be like, and then instantiate it. The declaration specifies details ranging from locale and timezone settings, mounted file systems, and system services and their configuration. It can be instantiated on the "bare metal" or in virtual machines or containers, which simplifies testing.Last but not least, Guix and GuixSD provide a unified set of programming interfaces, making the whole system highly customizable. The package recipes and build tools themselves are essentially a set of libraries of GNU Guile, the host language. Core parts of the system, from initialization code to system service management, are similarly available as libraries.
I don't want to put too much on your plate Jay, but there is another Linux distro contender for BSD/UNIX-like. The FSF finally announced (and made available for testing) the GNU OS, which is called GuixSD. The SD stands for system distribution, since Guix is also a package manager.
The two issues it has right now are lack of packages (if you like GTK or don't mind compiling you'll be fine) and an installer. The install right now is about halfway between Arch and Gentoo, meaning not for beginners. There is a barebones install guide. I have a simplified install guide about halfway done I'm going to post. And before anyone brings up systemd, it uses GNU's very own dmd.
I would be more interested in trying Debian GNU/kFreeBSD and might give it a try. Although "This is a release in progress. It has been released with Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) as a technology preview and the first non-Linux port." http://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/Doesn't look like if has a live DVD. http://packages.debian.org/wheezy/kfreebsd-amd64/unrar/downloadWould like to see you do a review of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.
Samuel Thibault presented Saturday at FOSDEM 2016 on the state of GNU Hurd, similar to talk from FOSDEM 2015 as linked above. Progress made to Hurd in the past year includes experimental sound work using the Rump kernel embedded in a library and then directly linked from the multimedia program like MPlayer. USB support for GNU Hurd is being pursued in a similar manner. Other recent work on GNU Hurd includes initial work on porting the GNU Guix package management system, fixed native fakeroot, SCM_CREDS support, various optimizations, and a new rpcscan tool. Thibault's current state of GNU Hurd says that 64-bit support has been started, i686 support is in good shape, the DDE Linux 2.6.32 driver layer is working for networking support, IDE and Xorg still work with Hurd, there is an AHCI driver for SATA, Xen PV DomU support is available, and there is the new experimental sound support with the userland Rump.