IFDNRG host on FreeBSD

FreeBSD = Stable, reliable, secure and fast hosting

FreeBSD Dedicated Server hosting

We like Open Source and host shared and dedicated servers on FreeBSD.

FreeBSD is one of the most 'Unix like' operating systems out there, it's run by organisations who are serious about hosting for whom reliability, performance and security are paramount.

We like Linux (and initially ran it for many years), but came to realise it's not a designed OS, it's a kernel with many seperately developed 3rd party applications attached.

Even with the welcomed success of Linux, the biggest organisations around still use FreeBSD to handle their traffic. When that includes apache.org: (#1 webserver on the planet), take heed.

Fundamentally, (unlike Linux), FreeBSD is a coherent fully open source operating system.

Of course anything you want to run in userland (applications) will run on FreeBSD, just like Linux, with all the benefits of an underlying complete and designed UNIX based OS.

Fun fact: (Did you know Mac OSX is a FreeBSD derivative?)

Who uses FreeBSD?

FreeBSD, A complete OS

FreeBSD is developed as a complete operating system. The kernel, device drivers and all of the userland utilities, such as the shell, are held in the same source code revision tracking tree (SVN). With Linux, the kernel, userland utilities and applications are developed separately, then packaged together in various ways by other groups as Linux distributions.

FreeBSD stability

FreeBSD is the operating system listed most often in Netcraft's list of the 50 web servers with the longest uptime.

FreeBSD Features

You'll benefit from next generation features such as:

  • Ports: The ports tree is often listed as one of FreeBSD's major strengths. Tens of thousands of open source applications presented in a managed and configureable manner.
  • ZFS:, Initially developed on Solaris, FreeBSD has the most stable and mature implementaiton of the most exciting filesystem ever developed.
  • Jails:, for VM like logical virtual system management but without all the overhead and with practically no degradation of 'VM' performance. Thousands of separate jails can be run on a single server.

IFDNRG are listed as a FreeBSD commercial Internet Service Provider


FreeBSD History

FreeBSD's distinguished roots derive from the BSD software releases from the Computer Systems Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Over ten years of work have been put into enhancing BSD, adding industry-leading SMP, multithreading, and network performance, as well as new management tools, file systems, and security features. As a result, FreeBSD may be found across the Internet, in the operating system of core router products, running root name servers and hosting major web sites.

FreeBSD, a discerning choice.

FreeBSD is used as a platform for devices and products from many of the world's largest IT companies, including Apple, Cisco, Juniper and NetApp.

FreeBSD is also used to power some of the biggest sites on the Internet, including Yahoo!,Yandex,Apache,Rambler,Sina,Pair Networks,Sony Japan,Netcraft,Weathernews,TELEHOUSE America

Fully managed dedicated FreeBSD servers

FreeBSD is extremely robust and powers some of the largest Internet sites in the world, including Yahoo! and the Internet Movie Database. It has also been used for other high-end applications, such as special effects rendering in movies. The special effects in The Matrix were rendered on a cluster of FreeBSD systems.

IFDNRG and Open Source Tools

IFDNRG are very much into using open source hosting tools, but after several iterations and years of experience have opted for FreeBSD hosting instead of the more obvious choice of Linux.

We have tried and tested various linux distributions (such as Redhat, Slackware, Debian, Ubuntu etc, but have finally, and happily, settled on FreeBSD.

Why we prefer FreeBSD

  • FreeBSD is developed as a complete operating system, whereas with linux kernel, userland and applications are developed seperately. We believe this leads to a more stable system.
  • We're very much interested in base stability than in support for the latest feature X which we very likely don't need or want. We don't need wifi or bluetooth on servers.
  • It is the result of almost 3 decades continual development, one of the most unix-like unixes out there.
  • The freeBSD package system (BSD ports) works well, is simple to automate and there's no rpm dependency hell.

FreeBSD Foundation

IFDNRG are proud to support the FreeBSD community as donors to the FreeBSD Foundation