For years there has been a general acceptance of the idea that the FreeBSD kernel uses networking code which is more mature and higher performing than its Linux counterpart. Matteo Croce set out to test this idea, putting Fedora 29 up against FreeBSD 11.2 to see how each would perform in a number of networking scenarios. "I work on the networking subsystem of the Linux kernel and I find networks rather fascinating. Often I read statements about the FreeBSD networking stack being faster and more mature than the Linux counterpart, but I didn't find any comparative tests between the two OS, and I was so curious that I decided to do some tests myself." Croce walks us through the various configurations used and trouble-shooting steps introduced to make the test as fair as possible between the Linux and FreeBSD kernels.
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