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<_:indexterm-1/> <_:indexterm-2/> <_:indexterm-3/> <emphasis>Desktop:</emphasis> FreeBSD makes a fine choice for an inexpensive desktop solution using the freely available X11 server. FreeBSD offers a choice from many open-source desktop environments, including the standard <application>GNOME</application> and <application>KDE</application> graphical user interfaces. FreeBSD can even boot <quote>diskless</quote> from a central server, making individual workstations even cheaper and easier to administer.
<emphasis>Software Development:</emphasis> The basic FreeBSD system comes with a full suite of development tools including a full C/C++<_:indexterm-1/> compiler and debugger suite. Support for many other languages are also available through the ports and packages collection.
FreeBSD is available to download free of charge, or can be obtained on either CD-ROM or DVD. Please see <xref linkend="mirrors"/> for more information about obtaining FreeBSD.
Who Uses FreeBSD?
<primary>users</primary> <secondary>large sites running FreeBSD</secondary>
FreeBSD has been known for its web serving capabilities - sites that run on FreeBSD include <link xlink:href="">Hacker News</link>, <link xlink:href="">Netcraft</link>, <link xlink:href="">NetEase</link>, <link xlink:href="">Netflix</link>, <link xlink:href="">Sina</link>, <link xlink:href="">Sony Japan</link>, <link xlink:href="">Rambler</link>, <link xlink:href="">Yahoo!</link>, and <link xlink:href="">Yandex</link>.
FreeBSD's advanced features, proven security, predictable release cycle, and permissive license have led to its use as a platform for building many commercial and open source appliances, devices, and products. Many of the world's largest IT companies use FreeBSD:
<link xlink:href="">Apache</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - The Apache Software Foundation runs most of its public facing infrastructure, including possibly one of the largest SVN repositories in the world with over 1.4 million commits, on FreeBSD.
<link xlink:href="">Apple</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - OS X borrows heavily from FreeBSD for the network stack, virtual file system, and many userland components. Apple iOS also contains elements borrowed from FreeBSD.
<link xlink:href="">Cisco</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - IronPort network security and anti-spam appliances run a modified FreeBSD kernel.
<link xlink:href="">Citrix</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - The NetScaler line of security appliances provide layer 4-7 load balancing, content caching, application firewall, secure VPN, and mobile cloud network access, along with the power of a FreeBSD shell.
<link xlink:href="">Dell EMC Isilon</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - Isilon's enterprise storage appliances are based on FreeBSD. The extremely liberal FreeBSD license allowed Isilon to integrate their intellectual property throughout the kernel and focus on building their product instead of an operating system.
<primary>Quest KACE</primary>
<link xlink:href="">Quest KACE</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - The KACE system management appliances run FreeBSD because of its reliability, scalability, and the community that supports its continued development.
<link xlink:href="">iXsystems</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - The TrueNAS line of unified storage appliances is based on FreeBSD. In addition to their commercial products, iXsystems also manages development of the open source projects TrueOS and FreeNAS.
<link xlink:href="">Juniper</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - The JunOS operating system that powers all Juniper networking gear (including routers, switches, security, and networking appliances) is based on FreeBSD. Juniper is one of many vendors that showcases the symbiotic relationship between the project and vendors of commercial products. Improvements generated at Juniper are upstreamed into FreeBSD to reduce the complexity of integrating new features from FreeBSD back into JunOS in the future.
<link xlink:href="">McAfee</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - SecurOS, the basis of McAfee enterprise firewall products including Sidewinder is based on FreeBSD.
<link xlink:href="">NetApp</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - The Data ONTAP GX line of storage appliances are based on FreeBSD. In addition, NetApp has contributed back many features, including the new BSD licensed hypervisor, bhyve.
<link xlink:href="">Netflix</link> <_:indexterm-1/> - The OpenConnect appliance that Netflix uses to stream movies to its customers is based on FreeBSD. Netflix has made extensive contributions to the codebase and works to maintain a zero delta from mainline FreeBSD. Netflix OpenConnect appliances are responsible for delivering more than 32% of all Internet traffic in North America.


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