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    I want to install a new OS...

    ...on my new 160 GB HDD and I'm not sure between these options: openSuSE 11.0, Fedora Core 9 or FreeBSD.

    I am more interested on openSuSE 11.0 (this version is the one with the highest number of new and/or updated features in a time) but if someone here wants to share some thoughts on this, feel welcomed.

    According to Wikipedia, the Linux distros with the highest number of packages are Ubuntu (which I have already installed but not upgraded on the other HDD), openSuSE, Fedora Core and Mandriva. Remember that packages are programs. Those distros have a very good or relatively good reputation (I say this because I have heard sometimes bad comments about Ubuntu between some Linux users, but maybe they are advanced users and Ubuntu may not meet their standards, but curiously they have a better impression about openSuSE). There are other very good distros with less packages...

    About FreeBSD: I want to try it. I have heard that it is very good. FreeBSD is not a Linux distro, it is based, if my memory is right, on the original UNIX or over evolutions of it made in what was known as Berkeley Software Distribution. Linux programs are usually compatible with FreeBSD. The most interesting part of it, for me at this moment, is that today's Apple OS X has lots of code taken from the FreeBSD project and Apple has colaborated with the FreeBSD community too, giving code to the project.

    I could try to make 2 partitions on the disk, maybe 120 and 40 GB, to try both openSuSE 11.0 and FreeBSD 7, but I am not sure about the capacity of each one to read other OS file systems.

    On an skeptical e-mailing list from Spain I once read this comment about FreeBSD: "Yes, Linux distros are like those cheap red ray lasers and FreeBSD is like those fine and very good green ray lasers capable of better things..." (the user was trying to compare both OSs like a DVD and a Blu-ray).

    What I don't like about FreeBSD is its logo

    I wanted to buy an HDD with more storage capacity but by now I can't.

    So, do you have any comments?


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    Unfortunately, the only one of those I have tried is Fedora, and my experience with that wasn't very good, but Fedora has advanced since then.

    Although I just removed XP from my home computer, so I may try a different distro in it's place, and am very curious about openSuSE.

    My understanding of BSD is it essentially was Unix re-written at Berkley for educational use. I think it was IBM at the time that didn't mind them re-writing Unix for their own use, but got upset with them when they tried to distribute it outside of the educational system and took them to court. So they were in legal limbo for many years, but that has since been resolved... in BSD's favor. By then, though Linux had pretty much taken off, and so BSD has struggled somewhat to find a market.

    The BSD license is a bit different from the GPL license (which is used by Linux and many open-source programs). The GPL says that if you make changes to the source code and you release your changes as a new product, you need to release your changed source code as well. The BSD license says that if you use their source code, you just need to give them credit for the usage, you don't have to release any changes you may have made. I will add that Microsoft likes that level of open-source (anyone who has connected to a network or the Internet with Windows is using BSD code for TCP/IP).
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    It seems that I will install openSuSE 11.0 and FreeBSD 7.0... I have been advised to install FreeBSD first, so now I am at freebsd.org learning the installation process...


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    Good luck.

    I don't know anyone who uses BSD, so you will have to tell me how it goes and what you think.

    I am also curious about your opinion of openSuSE.

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    OK corfy, I will tell you...

    I want to add that since I have found that a Live/Install CD of OpenSolaris is available at the main site of the project, I am downloading it to see how it works. People that uses open source and free software have told me that using OpenSolaris with Linux is a good combination.

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