If you’re planning to run a computer or laptop system on an operating system which doesn’t require anything to be paid for, then you’re definitely looking for the open-source platforms. Generally, Linux is the one widely recommended but this isn’t the only player in the industry.
Especially in this sub-niche of free and open-source operating systems, we have two more options to look at. One is PC-BSD and another is Ubuntu. You may have heard any one of their names, for sure, because they are very popular among their communities.
Once you’re aware of these two options, you can easily find yourself indulged in the dilemma of choosing the best out of these two. Well, I am here to help you in making that one decision instantly.
PC-BSD vs Ubuntu
I’ll try my best to add complete information which is related to you, without jumping too much into technical details, which can’t be good for a tech novice’s hear. So, ready for the comparison between PC-BSD vs Ubuntu?
The BSD version of Unix was released by University of California, and since then it has been used to run and manage servers. There are different versions of BSD-Unix available and they are updated regularly with additional new features.
But, the fact that we are here looking for a consumer centric operating system, makes that BSD-Unix system not that good for us. Because, we require a system that can be operated by a normal person who isn’t a tech geek or expert in coding and related stuff.
So, this is the very first reason why you shouldn’t be looking at the PC-BSD operating system, and instead choose the Ubuntu.
In case of Ubuntu, everything is easy to install and operate. It is mostly like a Linux itself, but with certain advantages in section of performance and features. Any user who is aware of the process to boot a new operating system can install the Ubuntu and run the system for his/her use.
There are three versions of PC-BSD available. OpenBSD focuses primarily on security of the system, FreeBSD focuses on offering a general purpose operating system as per the user’s point of view and NetBSD is the one which primarily focuses on portability.
So, FreeBSD is the one we will be using in this comparison. There are few more versions available, which are not at all useful for a normal user. So, I’m not going to include them in this comparison.
If we focus on features offered by FreeBSD and Ubuntu operating systems, the comparison will always end up in a tie. You simply can’t figure out and pick the best out of these. Both offers amazing features which are good enough to help user perform daily chaos.
The next thing to compare is the installation procedure. Unlike Linux, Ubuntu and FreeBSD, both offers straight forward installation process, which is booted by GUI system.
It clearly means, that you need to have either an optical drive or USB drive to boot the image files of the operating system. Once done, insert the disk into the system and restart the system. Once it starts again, the installation procedure will be running ahead. Now, it is very easy to get over with this process as the only thing you’ve to do is to follow on screen instructions. But, don’t skip reading any information. For your help, hundreds of YouTube videos can be found and the procedure itself is well-instructed.
After the installation is complete, you’ll meet the very first and major difference between the two OS versions. It is the UI which is almost totally different from each other, with different set of options available. Ubuntu is powered by Unity over GNOME while FreeBSD uses KDE kernel.
The difference at the base, creates a major difference at the output screen. You see the two different screenshots attached here to understand the different user interface.
Now, Ubuntu offers Software Centre and FreeBSD offers AppCafe named stores, which are individually present on both the platforms. The Software Centre has better numbers of applications available and the store is pretty matured when compared to AppCafe. Also, the installation procedure for any application isn’t that easy on a FreeBSD system, comparatively.
The last and only thing where FreeBSD outruns the Ubuntu experience is the security. I had my doubt earlier at this statement but the moment I came to know about a fact, all my doubts were cleared. That fact is, Apple uses FreeBSD kernel in its OS X and iOS platforms. We all are aware of how secure they are and if FreeBSD is at the base, then Apple can’t take a wrong decision.
This is it guys! I hope you understand the results which came out of this comparison and can finally make a decision. If you’re looking for a system that can easily manage a server level of calculations, then no doubt, FreeBSD should be your choice.
But, if you’re looking a free operating system, and basically the very close, stable and easy to use alternative to Windows OS, Ubuntu will be the pick, any day.
If I missed anything that is related to this comparison and you wish to know the details, explain your issues in the discussion section and I’ll come up with a better explanation on that particular topic.
Till then, get started with the installation of the operating system you picked, and let us know the same. If possible, explain the reason behind your selection.