BSD KVM VPS - Let's play

I did write some time ago how I wanna learn BSD, and that's the reason why I am writing this blog. And that I wasn't successful with running any BSD on my spare laptop (for whatever reasons).

And I also got interested in VPS. I bought one (3euro/yr) and I wrote the website about it (because I wanna learn web-dev stuff, too). And that got me into looking into many website with cheap unmanaged VPS deals and so. Few days ago I found one interesting offer: 1GB RAM unmanaged KVM VPS for less than 30 bucks a year. 

KVM is the way to run BSD OS, right? And this one is pretty cheap. Yeah, let's get one!

I checked reviews of company, and it looked good, so I went for it.


It comes from BlueVM (affliate link).
  • 1GB RAM
  • 3 CPU Cores
  • 30GB Disk space
  • 2TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • KVM/Feathur
  • $29.95/Year
I also used 10% Off code so in the end I am gonna pay $26,96 USD a year. To compare, without this special offer, the price is $7.50 USD a month. Ah, yeah, that's why I bought it.

Location is Buffalo, NY, USA.


So I need your help. I bet I can find a lot of readers having more experience than me (as mine is zero). I can always use some advice.

What BSDs they offer to install? 

They have:

FreeBSD 9.2
pfSense 2.1 LiveCD
OpenBSD 5.4
NetBSD 6.1.2

I can also use my own ISO, if I open a ticket with link to location.

So no DragonFly and others.

Other things?

I can change some settings:

Network cards: 
realtek 8139
Intel (recommended)
realtek 8029

Disk driver:
IDE (recommended)

So my questions to readers?

Which OS do you recommend to use? 32 or 64? 
Which setting would you pick?

What I wanna do with this VPS is learn. I will probably install server and some database and do some pet project. Might be some Rails or so.

Sure, I will write about whatever I will do. There will be a lot that I will discover when doing stuff...

I guess I will start with comparing features of BSDs, but go ahead, help me figure out and make some comments!

Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover