Great news for the DigitalOcean community: FreeBSD is available on DigitalOcean! Many of our users rely on Unix-like operating systems, and we know FreeBSD is an important addition to our platform.
What's so good about FreeBSD?
Some Unix-like operating systems, like Linux, rely on outside developers to create additional utilities for the kernel. Because a wide variety of developers create key components for the operating system, and it’s often up to the user to learn how to sync these divergent parts. FreeBSD stands out by internally developing and maintaining the entire core operating system, both the kernel and its components. Users don’t have to fish for resources on integrating the platform — FreeBSD handles a huge amount of the legwork needed to maintain your OS.
That’s not to say that FreeBSD development is closed off, thousands of contributors have worked together to make the project the expansive and important tool it is today. You can view a list of FreeBSD’s contributors, as well as contact FreeBSD if you want to add your savvy or offer feedback to their tremendous project.
It’s probably unsurprising that FreeBSD's documentation mirrors its unified and clear approach towards maintaining the OS. We’re grateful for the FreeBSD team’s emphasis on quality guides, most notably found in their FreeBSD handbook. We’ve created some supplementary tutorials to help you explore and grow with FreeBSD.
Why FreeBSD now?
Because of you! We know BSD has been a widely requested feature for DigitalOcean. As our team rapidly expands, we often take a step back and assess where we can best meet the needs of our users.
Fortunately, the timing was just right for us to move forward with this release. We’ve spent much of last year improving our infrastructure, especially through creating our metadata service so we can fulfill highly requested features like BSD. Creating a stronger technical foundation gave us the capacity for some of our most important feature additions like CoreOS and gave us the capacity to integrate BSD.
With our significant user-demand, sufficient infrastructure, and a never-ending hustle motoring the team to accomplish our goals, we launched BSD. And stay tuned, because there’s plenty more in store for you in 2015.