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Very easy to install and upgrade. Clear, well-written documentation. See More
using it as a server OS and being still happy with it See More
It's the most portable OS in the world when considering what architectures it can run on. It runs on very wide range of hardware, from toaster to satellites. This of course does not mean it supports drivers for many consumer facing products making it a difficult solution to just boot up and use when compared to other OSs. See More
I like NetBSD's "academic" approach - rather do things correctly than rush them. If you want to get into kernel and/or device driver programming, there is probably no better OS to get started with. I gained most of my programming skills by dealing with NetBSD code about a decade ago, and I've been commended by clients for the clean code I designed for them on more occasions I can count since then. See More
illumos uses ZFS as its file system. ZFS is also a logical volume manager besides being a combines file system. The main features of ZFS include: protection against data corruption, data compression, checking continuous integrity, high storage capacities support etc... See More
Excellent micro-kernel OS - good for learning, teaching and R&D. See More