So about that switch….

I did it! I moved my primary home server to FreeBSD 11, running with zfs, and managed to keep all of my home services running without issue.

Except there was an issue.

I have no idea why, but it seems that the network scheduler on FreeBSD does not play nicely with Emby. Whenever I tried to watch my media while away on vacation, I go horrible lag and terrible streaming playback.

I’m not expecting much, but have more then enough bandwidth to support a 1080p h.264 stream from anywhere. It only ever happened on FreeBSD, as CentOS never had this issue. Just to test it, I put CentOS back in place on the server, and it is happily running without needing so much as a kick when it comes to streaming, email, system backups and PXE.

Sorry to say, FreeBSD left a lot to be desired in the performance department.

It does make me think that FreeBSD deserves a closer look as a base operating system for other use cases. I’m still considering it for running some of my websites, but will have to run some more tests, and hopefully can find a solution in the end.

Author: Matthew Stobbs

Matthew is the Chief Information Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Sprouting Communications. From server side development, to Web Applications, to Phone Apps, his passion for computing ensures he is on top of the latest technologies and design trends.

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