Re: Who uses FreeBSD in preference to Linux and why?
I started switching my home servers to FreeBSD about a year ago, primarily to use OpenZFS.
Since then I have also installed FreeBSD on my laptop because I just liked the feel of the system. One of the things I really like is that it comes with very similar tools to that on my desktop running OS X, I've got little interest in plaguing either machine with GNU tools and since both come with BSD tools out be box I pretty much need to only learn one set of flags.
I also really like the philosophy, history, and community around FreeBSD.
FreeBSD is licenced under a permissive licence, and while I'm sure there are some companies that take this for granted, an awful lot of companies do contribute back to the project. This freedom has no restrictions.
The philosophies of the project mirror those of original UNIX philosophy, whereas Linux seems to be running closer to a Windows development philosophy in some areas.
In recent years mainstream Linux distris have become a haven for less computer literate users and getting help on more advanced topics has become more difficult (in my opinion), I find the FreeBSD community extremely knowledgable, if sometimes a little blunt…
More than anything, it's great to have the choice. With all the various Linux distros and BSDs, you get a wonderful diversity that makes every project stronger.