Talk about Longevity!

January 14, 2016


I’ve recently been getting more and more familiar with FreeBSD and I’m enjoying it quite a bit, especially coming from years of using Linux.  I’ve already set up a few FreeBSD systems at work and they have been running well for little things here and there (I had one joined to the Active Directory domain at my work for some time now and it was a fun learning experience).  I’ve also got a laptop set up with FreeBSD, though I personally think that Linux is still far ahead in that area.  So far, all of these FreeBSD systems have been running quite well and I look forward to testing out other BSD flavors like DragonFlyBSD.

That said, I can only wish my FreeBSD setups would last as long as this one!  The Register has a story about a FreeBSD server that has quite the uptime…18 years and 10 months, to be exact!  The server is a homebrew 200 MHz Pentium PC with 32 MB of RAM running FreeBSD 2.2.1 and was recently retired.  If anything, I’d say that’s a testament to how robust the OS is (or how technically experienced the person is who set this box up!).  You can read more about this at the link below.


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