oh i see,
im surprised that bsd only came in 11th. i am a freebsd fan after experimenting with other linux distros.
i would really highly recommend free-bsd and eventually once you have fallen in love with its kernel and the way the operating system works, and are looking for the most secure OS on the planet, you will then be ready to explore the world of openbsd.
most of the worlds apache servers are hosted on freebsd, top 50 longest server uptime is shared by majority of freebsd servers and believe it or not Microsoft servers. linux servers are no-where on the list. http://uptime.netcra...ay/top.avg.html
no disrespect to linux server hosts. but to beat the freebsd record of rebooting once in 15 years is pretty hard to beat.
i personally love the ports system and find it much more easier to keep then pkg managers. comes with linux binary emulation, so that linux pkgs can also be ran on your freebsd box.
there arent many bsd variants out there and the community is closely knitted together.
when people tell me that they are running a linux distro, i often have to ask "which one?"
but you know that if someone is running bsd you would think straight away... freebsd or openbsd or netbsd.
MAC-OSX runs the bsd kernel but im not sure wether to count it as a bsd variant.
i used to think wouldnt it be great if all the linux or unix users unite and create one extremely good operating system (open source obviously) using the experience from everysingle variant out there, an os created for portability suitable for programmers, gamers, h*ackers, web designers, servers and general word processing. ofcourse this would only be a dream...
sorry... im day dreaming and babbling on.
to be honest with you i can spend a whole day telling you how secure it is, i know my friend's freebsd server
has wheel disable, which means that no-one can "su" even if they are inside the system. and the fact that ports are opened manually, they would have to be physically sitting infront of the machine and try and social engineer me for the root passwd.(basiclly it takes a porn star to spread her legs infront of me to hack my computer... instead of a uber leet hacker)
if somebody thinks im talking trash please feel free to correct me.