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Ubuntu vs FreeNAS: What are the differences?

Developers describe Ubuntu as "The leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud". 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. On the other hand, FreeNAS is detailed as "An operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform". 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.

Ubuntu and FreeNAS can be categorized as "Operating Systems" tools.

Decisions about FreeNAS and Ubuntu

Ubuntu is much more faster over Windows and helps to get software and other utilities easier and within a short span of time compared to Windows.

Ubuntu helps to get robustness and resiliency over Windows. Ubuntu runs faster than Windows on every computer that I have ever tested. LibreOffice (Ubuntu's default office suite) runs much faster than Microsoft Office on every computer that I have ever tested.

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Global familiarity, free, widely used, and as a debian distro feels more comfortable when rapidly switching between local macOS and remote command lines.

CentOS does boast quite a few security/stability improvements, however as a RHEL-based distro, differs quite significantly in the command line and suffers from slightly less frequent package updates. (Could be a good or bad thing depending on your use-case and if it is public facing)

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At the moment of the decision, my desktop was the primary place I did work. Due to this, I can't have it blow up on me while I work. While Arch is interesting and powerful, Ubuntu offers (at least for me) a lot more stability and lets me focus on other things than maintaining my own OS installation.

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Pros of FreeNAS
Pros of Ubuntu
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    Very Stable
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    Easy to install
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    Free to use
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    Easy setup for testing discord bot
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    Gateway Linux Distro
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    Simple interface
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    Don't need driver installation in most cases
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    Many active communities
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    Open Source
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    Easy to custom
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    Many flavors/distros based on ubuntu

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Cons of FreeNAS
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      Demanding system requirements
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      Adds overhead and unnecessary complexity over Debian
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      Systemd
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      Snapd installed by default

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    What is 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.

    What is 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.

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