FreeBSD on the desktop? Am I crazy?

As you can tell, I've been busy both with work and with things that nerds do for fun. As for the latter, one of my long-term ToDo items was to evaluate whether FreeBSD can serve my needs on the desktop, maybe even on the laptop.

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Rant: SELinux disabled?

Shockingly enough, whenever users ask for help with their Linux setup (RHEL, CentOS, Scientific etc), one of the most common suggestions you hear is: "Set SELinux to permissive or disable it." Honestly, if somebody can't trouble-shoot SELinux issues, they haven't got much experience. Should they be advised to disable it?

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Virtualisation with FreeBSD and VirtualBox

There's not a lot of choice for FreeBSD users who want to run virtual machines on a FreeBSD server. There's of course Jails, which is perfect if you want to run only FreeBSD guests. And there's some development taking place in order to run Xen Dom0 on FreeBSD, but I don't think that's anywhere near usable yet.

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Howto: Root on ZFS with FreeBSD 9

ZFS is essentially an extremely powerful filesystem, volume manager and software raid, which runs splendidly on FreeBSD. However, prior to the new bsdinstall, it had to be configured manually. Although the article is old and was originally written for 9.0-BETA, it is still valid and accurate for manual ZFS on Root configuration (if bsdinstall's defaults aren't good enough).

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