Fun Facts: Despite DRM, Netflix Is Built On FreeBSD
Who knew? For all the complaining us Unix and Linux users give closed proprietary software at times, especially heavy handed DRM solutions, it is admirable that some of theme still thank us in other ways. Netflix is one of those companies, who obviously had to come up with a solid DRM solution to appease the movie industry, but still knows its roots.
At the core of the netflix software stack, is the FreeBSD 9.0 Operating System. Anyone who knows the world of servers and their Unix/Linux roots, will tell you the stability of BSD when it comes to what powers the net. Sure, a lot of Linux users are so sucked into Red Hat Enterprise Linux and similar offerings, but the BSD clan still deserves a lot of praise.
Within this core, lies the nginx web server, proven to be a highly scalable and well performing beast, as see by how well Netflix content is served up. The audio portion of the stream is delivered over the HTTP Protocol. With Netflix and Youtube literally consuming half of all Web traffic in North America, one has to wonder what routing methods they are implementing to handle all the gobs of data. Thanks to the power of the BIRD routing daemon, powerful dynamic IP routing makes that possible. Information is gathered through the BGP routing protocol.
So there you have it. Way to go Netflix. For all the grief you cause us as users, I am very glad to see there is some good in the perceived evil of proprietary software and DRM.