FreeBSD and bhyve

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Would there be any interest in a VPS/Cloud Provider that used the bhyve hypervisor on FreeBSD? The LXC offers here are fascinating to us and we know we cannot be the only devs who started out on *nix with FreeBSD 4 on a Pentium III. Does anyone have enough experience with bhyve to tell us about any drawbacks before we go deep into testing?

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  1. Would you consider VPS/Cloud services from a provider using the bhyve hypervisor on FreeBSD?16 votes
    1. Yes.
      50.00%
    2. Yes, but only with RYZEN/EPYC/NVMe or other specific feature.
        6.25%
    3. Are torrents allowed? Do u have any promos?
      25.00%
    4. Maybe.
      18.75%
    5. No.
        0.00%
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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    I remember reading about it on a Pentium II, I thought it was long abandoned tbh.

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    @AnthonySmith said: I remember reading about it on a Pentium II, I thought it was long abandoned tbh.

    HISTORY
         bhyve first appeared in FreeBSD 10.0.
    

    You thought FreeBSD was long abandoned? :o

  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    @MaxKVM said:

    @AnthonySmith said: I remember reading about it on a Pentium II, I thought it was long abandoned tbh.

    > HISTORY
    >      bhyve first appeared in FreeBSD 10.0.
    > 

    You thought FreeBSD was long abandoned? :o

    It was out in beta LONG before that, I think 10 was just when they included it as standard, I may be misremembering (I am old now) but I am pretty sure I remember trying to get it working on FreeBSD 6

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  • @MaxKVM said: Would there be any interest in a VPS/Cloud Provider that used the bhyve hypervisor on FreeBSD?

    I suspect that low-end hosting forums aren't the best place to look for such interest.

    In my experience on low-end hosting forums, the great majority of people want to run Linux and/or Windows, with a small minority opting for a BSD variant. Nowadays, BSD runs sufficiently well on KVM, so from a low-end BSD user's perspective, the provider's choice of bhyve as the hypervisor wouldn't be so crucial in itself. In the low-end hosting market, price is everything, and so unless a provider using bhyve can compete in price, the choice of bhyve alone wouldn't be sufficient to draw a significant number of (the already small number of) low-end BSD users.

    This said, I think that there's a small niche market of diehard FreeBSD users who'd be willing to pay extra for a FreeBSD-savvy provider who uses bhyve as the hypervisor, but such users don't hang out on low-end hosting forums.

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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    I think small NAT BSD container/jails would be very interesting, but I dont think you would see much interest in the LE market beyond that.

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  • @AnthonySmith said:
    I think small NAT BSD container/jails would be very interesting, but I dont think you would see much interest in the LE market beyond that.

    Hell yeah, I would switch my linux NAT vps's for jails in a second!

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