DragonflyBSD first impressions

Everyone has heard about the BSD, most of us are familiar with FreeBSD, even if never worked with it. Its the unknow giant, among the free os-es. OpenBSD is famous for its security, NetBSD - for portability.

But what about the other BSDs? And particularly, the DragonflyBSD.

First, there is too little info about that BSD clone. Its actually a FreeBSD old version clone. I've found it while searching for open os-es with hybrid kernel.

Yeah, DragonflyBSD uses hybrid kernel. Thats one of the diffs, compared to other BSDs. There are more, but that is the most obvious one;-). Thats why I wanted to give it a try.

The install is pretty slick. Similar to FreeBSD sysinstall, nice and clean. Everything is at its place. Easy to navigate, easy to predict.If you have enough disk space, you may wanna try their fs, HAMMER ;-).

After the install, I've booted into my newly installed os. There was nothing wasted here, have only 7M RAM used. Because I am" source_based installs" fan, tried their pkgsrc implementation. Actually, pkgsrc is the NetBSD native equivalent of the FreeBSD ports system. But the packs there  were a little outdated there. So I installed DPorts.

DPorts are FreeBSD ports ported for DragonflyBSD. They are great, all is installed without any complain. Another improvement is to use pkg with DPorts packages, that way you can use precompiled binaries from these exact DPorts ports.

For wm I installed Fluxbox - old and proven wm. No suprises here, all is working as expected. Also some casual apps, like browser, media player, torrent cliend, im clien and some other programs.

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