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FreeBSD vs NixOS: What are the differences?

FreeBSD: An operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. An operating system for a variety of platforms which focuses on features, speed, and stability. It is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX® developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is developed and maintained by a large community; NixOS: A Linux distribution built on top of the Nix package manager. It is a Linux distribution with a unique approach to package and configuration management. Built on top of the Nix package manager, it is completely declarative, makes upgrading systems reliable, and has many other advantages.

FreeBSD and NixOS can be categorized as "Operating Systems" tools.

FreeBSD is an open source tool with 4.42K GitHub stars and 1.74K GitHub forks. Here's a link to FreeBSD's open source repository on GitHub.

Zscaler, Zetaops, and iwantmyname are some of the popular companies that use FreeBSD, whereas NixOS is used by Grafted-In, Chill Code, and Takt. FreeBSD has a broader approval, being mentioned in 15 company stacks & 36 developers stacks; compared to NixOS, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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Pros of FreeBSD
Pros of NixOS
  • 6
    Excellent as Server
  • 5
    Very Stable
  • 4
    Helpful community
  • 2
    Extremely simple updates and compiles of kernel and use
  • 2
    Ports and packages system is mature and well-supported
  • 2
    Free to use
  • 1
    Easy to install
  • 1
    Supported by major cloud platforms
  • 2
    Atomic upgrades
  • 2
    Declarative system configuration
  • 2
    Multi-user package management
  • 2
    Reproducible environment
  • 2
    Rollback for any changes
  • 1
    Cloud Agnostic Deployments

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Cons of FreeBSD
Cons of NixOS
  • 1
    Slower to adopt non-server hardware than Linux
  • 1
    Poor support for laptops, especially wireless cards
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    What is FreeBSD?

    An operating system for a variety of platforms which focuses on features, speed, and stability. It is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX® developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is developed and maintained by a large community.

    What is NixOS?

    It is a Linux distribution with a unique approach to package and configuration management. Built on top of the Nix package manager, it is completely declarative, makes upgrading systems reliable, and has many other advantages.

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    What are some alternatives to FreeBSD and NixOS?
    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
    Linux
    A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
    OpenBSD
    It is a free and secure UNIX-like operating system that emphasizes portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security & integrated cryptography.
    Debian
    Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.
    FreeNAS
    It is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data. Use it with ZFS to protect, store, backup, all of your data. It is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.
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