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    The performance Netflix gets out of these things is insane. I remember the BBC iPlayer team blogging about how amazing it was that they were getting 20 Gb/s HTTP out of Linux and the Netflix engineers laughing because, on similar hardware, they were getting 40 Gb/s HTTPS.

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      “FreeBSD? What’s that? Everyone uses Linux!”

      I’m surprised how many people have no idea what FreeBSD (or any of the BSDs) is and is capable of, and believe it’s some sort of toy.

      I’ve run FreeBSD and OpenBSD servers and routers at home for years, and the consistency is one of the main things I love about using them for this - FreeBSD’s handbook almost always has the answer to any question I have, and the OpenBSD trend of replacing complicated software with simpler versions (httpd, relayd, pf, etc.) which usually uses a common configuration syntax.

      I wish I had a network fast enough to take advantage of the performance FreeBSD is capable of…

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        At home or for a small lab I can see the point. But in production? If you have not a big team like Netflix has, how do you maintain such system in production? Are there any example usages and of smb or entreprises running it in production? This hard to find on the website.

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      I wonder what kind of cumulative Gb/s we’re getting out of popular torrents.

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        Less. Netflix is dramatically more popular than torrenting. Total Netflix bandwidth is for sure higher than total torrent bandwidth. Though the numbers would still be interesting.