I have had quite a few problems with Linux on my server (Dell
Poweredge 500SC, 1280mb ECC SDRAM, 3 IDE drives + CDROM, 2 NICS, DDS3
Tape). My frustration level finally hit a peak with Redhat 9, and I
was about to give in and pirate a copy of Win2K.
Then, I remembered that my old firewall ran BSD & had an uptime of 7
months. So, I downloaded FreeBSD 4.8. FreeBSD installed without any
problems. All my ports compiled without any problems. Apache + PHP +
MySQL seems to run quite well. I gotta admit, ECC SDRAM makes a huge
difference. The funky errors I had with the non-ECC sdram are gone.
Postfix -> Amavis + f-prot -> Procmail -> SpamAssassin -> Courier IMAP
worked first try, without any major hassles (just followed a couple of
MAN pages & how-to articles, stuck to the PORTS system). WOOHOO!!!!!
The spam is gone!!!!!! It may still hit my sytem, but I don't see it
Samba & Cups work well (thank God both my printers are HP), and the
speed is about identical to Win2K, once I got FreeBSD tuned well (it
sucks you gotta tune it, but that is life, eh?).
Nat/IPF works like a champ, and when combined with the right proxy
servers is very safe&secure (much better than a $50 Linksys).
So, I gotta say thank you to everyone involved in providing such a
*in stable & feature-rich OS for free. I spent $1 on 2 CDs, and
got an amazing amount of quality software for my $1. Thank you to
everyone who provides these killer server daemons (the ones above
especially, but also many others I am running also) for free also.