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FreeBSD 10

Colin Percival | 10.4-RELEASE

Linux/Unix, FreeBSD 10 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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from G2

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FreeBSD 10 is an excellent operating system, basically UNIX but modern.

  • November 07, 2021
  • Review verified by G2

What do you like best about the product?
FreeBSD performs well, even on older hardware. I have used it to continue using older hardware that would have otherwise been disposed of. It is secure and robust. It has excellent package management (pkg) and a large collection of ported software from Linux. Documentation is excellent (FreeBSD Handbook).
What do you dislike about the product?
Installation can be tricky for first-timers; you will probably need some experience with Linux before trying to use FreeBSD. You need to be comfortable using a command-line terminal most of the time.
What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?
As FreeBSD is free - the ROI is at least the cost of some commercial Linux or Windows based OS (which can be very expensive). It allowed me to re-use older hardware that would have otherwise been disposed. I used it as a no-cost development environment.


Using this for Redmine on t2.nano.

  • August 09, 2016
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Wanted a micro/small instance which can host a low traffic Redmine instance. The Bitnami AMIs on GNU/Linux don't allow you to select t2 instances. So my next obvious choice was FreeBSD which has a recent version of Redmine in its repositories. I am delighted to see the CPU credits getting saved as the OS itself is not utilizing significant CPU. Next, I can jail Redmine on this and upgrade to the next version of Redmine(when it is released) without affecting the users! Pros: Uses UFS, not ZFS - Ideal for low end servers. Is lean, not too many applications installed using pkg. Suggested Improvements: "su -" works without password, instead use sudo/doas.

Performance is incredible

  • July 03, 2016
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The performance on this AMI is incredible. My new FreeBSD server, which is half the size of my old Ubuntu server, is incredibly fast and efficient. This OS uses a lot less RAM. Everything was already configured, so I just had to run a few lines, install some packages, and voila--a Minecraft server that barely uses 250MB when in use!!


Great job

  • June 29, 2016
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Great job, But ZFS is preferred to instead of UFS. Any plan to enable ZFS filesystem in the future version?


How to add IPs

  • June 04, 2016
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

1. Add additional private IPs to your instance in EC2 dashboard (optional, one for each Elastic IP)

2. Find out what gateway you're currently using (look at first line under gateway):
> netstat -rn

3. Edit: /etc/rc.conf
> vi /etc/rc.conf

comment-out this line:

Add these lines, adjust as necessary (subnet seems to always be /20):
ifconfig_xn0="inet 172.31.xx.xx/20"
ifconfig_xn0_alias0="inet 172.31.xx.xx/20"

4. Shutdown instance
> shutdown -p now

5. Create new Elastic IP(s) in EC2 dashboard and point them to your private IP(s)

6. Start instance


works as expected

  • March 20, 2016
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take note to login as ec2-user. Also connecting EBS storage appears to be /dev/x*** or something like that.

    Bway Net

10.2 - Excellent, flawless

  • November 19, 2015
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Very glad to see these images provided. Super quick to get a host up and running. No surprises, out of box config was great.


Great job

  • September 02, 2015
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Thanks to your hard work, we can all now enjoy FreeBSD on AWS. FreeBSD with its packet filter simply rocks on Amazon, this was a long time coming. And finally wait is over.

    Simeo Reig


  • August 31, 2015
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Thanks to Colin Percival we can have a freebsd instance in amazon, it works like a champ as a regular fisical machine


Works great for my use!

  • August 22, 2015
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I needed an extra offsite DNS slave server so this seemed like a great candidate. Was easy to set up and I am setting up another DNS master now.