gyptazy runs FreeBSD!

My love affair with FreeBSD started back in 2008 at a data center. It was the king of the castle there, running all the network routers and firewalls. That’s also where I met pf, the firewall software—easy to learn, user-friendly, yet powerful enough to handle intricate setups. pf is one of those tools I still hold dear.

Fast forward, I was tasked with building a backup solution for our data center clients. FreeBSD was a no-brainer. ZFS, the file system it uses, is a dream come true. Data corruption? Not a chance (backups are still important, but wouldn’t you rather avoid the hassle in the first place? Don’t forget restore testing!). Plus, ZFS compresses data like a champ and lets you create snapshots—perfect for those “oops” moments.

That experience sealed the deal for me. I ditched Linux and went all-in with FreeBSD on all my personal systems. For years, it was my go-to for low-resource machines. Where other OSes wouldn’t even boot, FreeBSD thrived. Efficient and lean, it squeezed the most out of every last drop of power.

Even today, FreeBSD and OpenBSD are my mainstays. They feel like home—familiar and comfortable, even after all these years. The ports and packages system keeps everything up-to-date, so I have access to the latest applications without sacrificing that classic BSD feel.

The icing on the cake? The BSD community boasts some of the best documentation out there. No flame wars, just clear, concise information. It’s a breath of fresh air compared to some other OS communities. That welcoming environment extends beyond the OS itself, making the whole BSD experience truly fantastic.

Nowadays, I feel home in the community but I’m also sitting in several BSD related channels in Matrix. You may also find me on social networks like Twitter or Fediverse or just on my blog.

3 Apr 2024

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