FreeBSD or Debian Linux? FreeBSD or Linux?

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This is an often asked question in newsgroups and forums, isn’t it? The reason for this, is that there is no easy answer. If a straight forward answer could be given, the solution could have been put on Wikipedia. The fact is, that it is not a yes-or-no-answer question.

Often you will see this ‘political’ aswer “it depends”. It depends how you’re planning to use the operating system (desktop, server) and where (home, data center, server room, embedded etc).

Both Linux and FreeBSD have their strong and weak point, but overall, they can do almost anything you ask it to do, but when one wants an answer to the question “FreeBSD or (Debian) Linux?” one needs to find an answer to the following questions first to see which operating system suits one’s needs best:

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