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<emphasis>Education:</emphasis> Are you a student of computer science or a related engineering field? There is no better way of learning about operating systems, computer architecture and networking than the hands on, under the hood experience that FreeBSD can provide. A number of freely available CAD, mathematical and graphic design packages also make it highly useful to those whose primary interest in a computer is to get <emphasis>other</emphasis> work done!
<emphasis>Research:</emphasis> With source code for the entire system available, FreeBSD is an excellent platform for research in operating systems as well as other branches of computer science. FreeBSD's freely available nature also makes it possible for remote groups to collaborate on ideas or shared development without having to worry about special licensing agreements or limitations on what may be discussed in open forums.
<primary>DNS Server</primary>
<emphasis>Networking:</emphasis> Need a new router?<_:indexterm-1/> A name server (DNS)?<_:indexterm-2/> A firewall to keep people out of your internal network? FreeBSD can easily turn that unused PC sitting in the corner into an advanced router with sophisticated packet-filtering capabilities.
<emphasis>Embedded:</emphasis> FreeBSD makes an excellent platform to build embedded systems upon. <_:indexterm-1/> With support for the <trademark class="registered">ARM</trademark>, <trademark class="registered">MIPS</trademark> and <trademark class="registered">PowerPC</trademark> platforms, coupled with a robust network stack, cutting edge features and the permissive <link xlink:href="@@URL_RELPREFIX@@/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/introduction.html#bsd-license-restrictions">BSD license</link> FreeBSD makes an excellent foundation for building embedded routers, firewalls, and other devices.
<primary>X Window System</primary>
<_: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.


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