Base Operating System Platform
I am in the process of getting several computers up and running that I've had sitting for some time as I got my life together. I find myself short on time and finding a safe, secure, and slow moving operating system difficult.
This has especially been of concern for me with the certificate woes that have hit Debian, file breach with RedHat/Fedora, and general slew of issues with existing operating systems.
I've been leaning towards a BSD lately, but have discovered that they all have many outstanding bugs. Consider these links:
Current FreeBSD problem reports
OpenBSD Bug Tracking System
(Note that to view the open bugs you must click on the third button "Query PRs")
NetBSD Summary of Problem Reports in State "open"
While not all of these may necessary be remote bugs, they all contain problem that can certainly lead to stability problems. Moreover, unusual problems can often be blamed on bad hardware or unsupported software.
With these considerations, which OS should be used as a good general usage platform?
Solaris is not really an option since it is not available on many types of hardware.