I started out my linux adventures via slackware linux. Now I am using the easiest way out Linux Mint just because I am getting old and when you get old there are a lot of things you best spend your time on. Back then everyone was playing with their redhat and I insisted that I wanted something out of the box. I still remember my happy mother when I ask her to buy me a book that was so thick and was quite expensive. It was a Linux for dummies book because I wanted to learn how to use the operating system and internet back then was a real pain in the ass. Google was not yet conceived so there was really not much for me to get the information from.
When I started with slackware I can still remember the 2 drives that died on me during the process for installing, removing, re-installing, partition, re-partition but I did learn a few bits here and there. Back then linux package management was not yet the thing. You have to download and compile including the dependencies for a program to be installed in slackware.
Fast forward this year, I got bored and said to myself that I really want to try and learn a fair bit of BSD. So I downloaded the iso and for testing purposes installed it in a virtual machine (thank God for the people who created those things). Yep it was a pain but using it brings back the slackware days during my younger years. Make, make install, tar etc etc. It’s only now that I understood what it meant by slackware is most unix like linux distro. So I guess having experience with slackware did help me with playing around with BSD.
I did have some old hardware I was planning to use BSD on and use the machine as my home server but unfortunately life is hard nowadays and I don’t really have the extra means to buy western digital red nas drives. Maybe in time I can learn more about bsd and the infamous file system they are using and be able to apply it on my home server but for now I will play around with it inside the virtual box. I might be able to score some cheap 250gb hdd soon and use that as my main bsd drive and dual boot the desktop.
For people who want to venture into BSD, I would suggest you read up the Freebsd manual its really quite good and has a lot of information. Let’s face it if you have no experience with BSD the first thing that will come to your mind would be FreeBSD. Be prepared for the unlimited headache you will get though, chances are some of your hardware requires a lot of configuring to do. Some of your linux application might not have been ported to FreeBSD. You might need to compile one on your own.