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Likelihood to Recommend

FreeBSD

FreeBSD is an excellent choice to continue using older hardware and have it perform, it is a great choice for a UNIX based development environment. Although I haven't used it as a server, it is most suited for this - it would make an excellent, secure and robust server for and I would love to start using it for this as well.
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openSUSE Leap

I would always use openSUSE Leap in scenarios where stability and security is needed. Sharing binary packages with SLE (as of 15.3) is an additional arguments for stability and offers a migration path for scenarios where more support is needed.
I would look for solutions like openSUSE Kubic or MicroOS for hosting container workloads due to the additional management tools they bring.
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Pros

FreeBSD

  • Performs really well, even on older hardware
  • Secure
  • Robust
  • Package manager (pkg) is excellent
  • Large collection of ported software from Linux
  • Documentation is excellent (FreeBSD Handbook)
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openSUSE Leap

  • Low maintenance security updates
  • Stability
  • Variety of packages available out of the box
  • Easily extensible by using the Open Build Service
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Cons

FreeBSD

  • Installation can be tricky for first timers
  • You need to be comfortable using a command line terminal most of the time
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openSUSE Leap

  • Commercial packages not always available
  • Stable packages sometimes lag behind the latest releases
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Alternatives Considered

FreeBSD

FreeBSD was the only operating system out of many I tried to install easily on older hardware and to run in a very performant way. For example, I had a lot of trouble trying to get Ubuntu to install on older hardware and when it did, it was too slow to use. FreeBSD installed quite easily and even after installing a desktop such as XFCE - it still run surprisingly fast. I was very impressed with it's performance, which it seems is a goal of the FreeBSD project.
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openSUSE Leap

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Return on Investment

FreeBSD

  • As FreeBSD is free - the ROI is at least the cost of some commercial Linux or Windows based OS (which can be very expensive)
  • Allowed the re-use of older hardware that would have otherwise been disposed
  • No cost development environment
  • Opportunity for a no cost server setup also
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openSUSE Leap

  • Delivers on stability and features with good community support
  • Supports the business with low-maintenance setups
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Pricing Details

FreeBSD

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

openSUSE Leap

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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