I’m a huge FreeBSD fan. My very first home router ran FreeBSD back in the late 90’s and since then I have installed it on every single server I worked with. I do realize that this is some kind of niche since almost everybody else is running Linux these days. This is why I thought to make FreeBSD a little bit more approachable to the curious people.
Why? Because FreeBSD offers a lot of cool features like ZFS, Jails, reliability, stable API and a great network stack which makes it a really superb server operating system. In fact I just realized I never had to clean install any of the many FreeBSD machines I have operated. They just kept running flawlessly unless some hardware died of course.
To get you started I have recorded a little screencast to show how easy and painless it is to install FreeBSD 10.0 with a ZFS root filesystem on a remote machine even if the hosting provider does not provide FreeBSD rescue images.
In the next videos I’ll show you how to install software, set up a web server and other common, server related tasks.
For that I have created a FreeBSD Guides channel on vimeo.