[tor-talk] best distro to use Tor

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Mon Oct 7 08:24:54 UTC 2013

On Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM, Andrew F <andrewfriedman101 at gmail.com> wrote:
> BSD is great, but its does not have the same level of hardware support as
> Linux.

That's correct, BSD has less buggy, fuller and faster support of some hardware
than Linux ;) If you've got rare, fad, small, mobile or closed hardware, expect
to have to read the hardware list of many OS before choosing. If you've got
the same boring x86 workstation that Nx100 million others do, this is moot.
BSD/Linux all have packet filters, VM's, run browsers, Tor, and every other
common app out there. The differences are in the lineage, license, architecture,
development, packaging, distribution and use models. And of course, what's
under the hood in the kernel and libraries. Like BMW/Mercedes, picking
one or the other based on forum fans without doing your own reading
and playing probably isn't wise. Unless people state a specific use/problem
case that has a clear answer, they're all 'best for Tor'.

There are even some typical forum fans here: http://forums.freebsd.org/

In that Tails, etc are customized around some typical Tor integration
parameters, they are definitely 'interesting for Tor'. The exact same could
be said for a similar BSD integration.

The user in question:
- can't use a live cd
- may be able to ditch windows (runs a vm under that for interim)

So the real answer is: flip a coin and run with one till you hit a more
specific wall.

- is new

Be certain that you learn to compile and install simple stuff like Tor
from source early on. If you don't, you will become dependant upon
some package system, possibly further modified by the distro. If
you do, your future Unix life will be wiser.

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