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Date:      Sun, 21 Mar 2021 15:42:14 +0100
From:      Ralf Mardorf <ralf-mardorf@riseup.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: OS to replace FreeBSD
Message-ID:  <20210321154214.6912a5ac@archlinux>
In-Reply-To: <20210321070418.1adf443f8052ea8fd0f57c26@gmail.com>
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On Sun, 21 Mar 2021 07:04:18 -0600, Duke Normandin wrote:
>On Sat, 20 Mar 2021 13:05:25 -0400 (EDT)
>Fongaboo <freebsd@fongaboo.com> wrote:
>
>[snip]
>
>> I've found that Debian was the most comfortable to transition to and
>> is a bit more painless to keep updated and patched. I've just
>> completed a Debian box running NSD, unbound, Apache, Postfix,
>> Dovecot, Postfixadmin & Roundcube.
>> 
>> If you want to email me directly, I documented the whole process.
>> I'm willing to share my walkthroughs.  
>
>[snip]
>
>I don't have your level of experience, but I agree with you! I just
>installed the Debian-based distro antiX. Painless! There could be
>others of course, but I haven't stumbled on them yet. ;)
>
>Now, I need to shrink my 1Tb partition to install FreeBSD.

JFTR for the pros and cons never consider a derivative of a major distro
to be equivalent with the distro it is based upon. They are always two
very different animals. The main pitfall of Linux is the missing
standard. However, since almost all distros prefer the same approach
for PID1, upstream of software provides what is needed for this
approach and without doubts, upstream knows best how their software
needs to be initialised by PID1, so distros tend to stop writing
different run control scripts on their own. IOW by all the cons systemd
does introduce, it also has got reasonable pros. Something that at
first glance apparently is another step away from UNIX, from another
point of view can bring back UNIX principles that were lost. It doesn't
bring back UNIX to Linux, but gets back closer to the UNIX main idea.
Be careful with thinking that something that appears to be more
familiar is also closer to a wanted principle. I can't comment on antiX
and I don't like systemd very much, but if Linux for what ever reason
is a better choice for the needs of a user, it's wise to find out the
rational behind steps into directions that appear unpleasant at first
view and consider to get used to the supposed inconvenience. You are
happy to install Linux without systemd, but you easily could become
unhappy as soon as you want to get things done, that require some effort
and help from a community or upstream. For Linux systemd is quasi a
standard at the moment. It not necessarily does pay off to get rid of
the disadvantages caused by systemd, since it might introduce other
disadvantages by not using systemd.



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