Maintaining mission critical databases on our pitchfork wielding brother, the “Daemon” of FreeBSD, seems quite daunting, or even absurd, from the perspective of a die-hard Linux expert, or from someone who has not touched it in a long time. The question we ask when we see FreeBSD these days is “why?”. Most of my own experience with FreeBSD was obtained 10-15 years ago. Back then, in the view of the team I was working on, a custom compiled-from-source operating system like FreeBSD 5.x or 6.x was superior to a Linux binary release.
Package managers like YUM and APT were not as good. They did not always perform MD5 checks and use SSL like …[Read more...]