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    I migrated from Arch Linux two months ago and have found that it’s been the best switch I’ve made in several years. I’ll shamelessly paste some relevant points from a previous comment I made:

    • Going from rolling release distribution to a more stable environment was a big plus
    • FreeBSD has a wealthy amount of release information (they’ll tell you what they’re planning and when to expect it)
    • The package manager (pkg) has been a very simple, yet powerful tool that I’ve gotten used to over the last few weeks
    • Packages seem to be easier to setup and are cleaner (I haven’t verified this). I hate that Arch Linux has to have two separate entities, “official packages” and “AUR packages”… This is a frustrating model, in my opinion.
    • FreeBSD takes their security very seriously – they have a page dedicated information on security here
    • They have excellent documentation
    • They have an excellent handbook
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      Well, this looks ugly. Time to open a PR on jcs/lobsters. :-)

      Edit: Fixed!

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        Wow, this is quite a historical gem! That server on page 3 looks like it has a microwave sitting near the top rack. :-)

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          Also “today we have over 50 servers running various versions of 2.1 STABLE.” was a giveaway to the age of the article. Not to mention the html page is full of Geocities markup.

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          I am fascinated by the architecture of these early internet search engines (AltaVista’s early 1996 systems are on Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AltaVista). It’s amazing that they were able to do so much with so little memory and CPU. I wonder if any of this old code has survived? What amount of code was written in C? What was written in Perl? Were other languages used back then? Perhaps someone (Jason Scott/ArchiveTeam?) will uncover some old 100mb zip disk with old code someday. I think that kind of thing would be a lot of fun to read.

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            Keep in mind they were working with a far smaller corpus on the internet, and their algorithms far simpler than modern search engines today. In that case, it’s not just page-rankings, but also natural language queries.

            AltaVista was running on beefy AlphaServers AFAIK - it was DEC.