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Date:      Mon, 31 Aug 2009 20:07:34 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
Subject:   Re: questions about FreeBSD
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On Mon, 31 Aug 2009 21:12:39 +1200, "Julian R A Manning" <> wrote:
> Dear Sir/Madam

You are talking to a mailing list. "Dear list" would be a good
line to start. :-)

> I have some questions about FreeBSD. The questions I had in mind are: 
> .         What type of OS is it? Is it single/multi user, multitasking, what
> family does it belong to? 

It is a free UNIX OS, which is multi-user and multi-tasking capable.

> .         General features (at least three)? Firewall, GUI, Networking and
> so on. 

Yes, all three are present. You have the choice among many solutions
and not tied to a specific program. Networking is fully functional and
includes IPv6 support for many years now, as well as drivers for many
networking devices.

> .         Minimum Hardware Requirements? Processors, RAM, Hard drive space,
> type of monitors and so on. 

As far as I remember, for x86 it is 80386 and < 16 MB RAM. Hard
disks with 5 GB can hold a fully-functional system with applications.
The more functionality you need, the more programs you will need,
and hard disk requirements will increase.

> .         File system supported? 

Natively, UFS (FFS) is used. There are various file systems that
are supported by the OS, such as MS-DOS, NTFS, EXT2 and so on.
NFS is available, as well as SAMBA, furthermore CD (ISO-9660)
and memory file system MFS, and UDF. Additional file system
support can be installed via the "fuse" package.

> .         Applications (at least three)? eg. wordprocessing and so on. 

There are many thousands of applications availabe natively for
FreeBSD. Common word processors are OpenOffice, AbiWord, and
the typesetting system LaTeX.

FreeBSD offers programs for everything, from diagnostics, servers
for various stuff, multimedia, even games.

> It would be very helpful if you could just pass on this email to someone who
> has experience with FreeBSD. 

I think all members of this mailing list have experiences with
FreeBSD, allthough not all of them are FreeBSD developers.

To find out more about FreeBSD, check its excellent web site:

If you have further or specific questions, ask the friendly list.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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