Linked by Andrew Youll on Sun 14th Aug 2005 15:23 UTC, submitted by Michael David
PC-BSD This is the 4th installment of a series of guides to configuring and installing PC-BSD. The past 3 parts can be found here. In this part of the guide they cover installing Amarok, Limewire, Azureus and Streamtuner.
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Too much hassle
by amiroff on Sun 14th Aug 2005 16:10 UTC
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2005-07-06

Sorry, this will be kinda flaimbate. Don't you think that these instructions for installing those very basic apps are too much hassle? I thought PCBSD had a purpose of being user friendly.

Anyway, I don't want to discourage developers, they are great peaple, but please first look at how MacosX, Beos and some linux distros.

I am quoting the basic thing: installing fonts here:

"Installing fonts

To install the fonts, download my script (fonts-build) and save it to your scripts directory.

Make it executable (open a terminal, cd scripts, chmod +x fonts-build) and execute it as root (su, enter root password and then ./fonts-build). This script will build the fonts and install them.

Next, copy the following lines (as root) to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/webfonts/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/artwiz-fonts/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/mozilla/"

Logout and login back to X and your fonts are ready to use. Open up the KDE control center as a regular user (K - Control Center), then expand "Appearance and Themes" and then click Fonts. You should now see your fonts, when you click Choose.

If you use Konqueror to browse, then open konqueror, click Settings - Configure Konqueror... and then click Appearance. You can choose your font and then click OK. Konqueror will then use that font as the standard browser font.

If you use Firefox to browse, the open Firefox, click Edit - Preferences, then click General and finally click Fonts & Colors. Adjust your fonts there and then click OK.

Now that we have gorgeous fonts, let us turn our attention to scanning and printing."

Sorry, but all these are too hard for PCBSD potencial users.

I tried PCBSD a week ago, and while installation was a breeze, desktop just does not feel right. All apps and dialogs appear after 2-3 seconds you launch them. Network connection seemed buggy and I kept loosing internet connection until I started already running network card from their utility. While it offers manual network connection settings I could not make another profile I created active and use it.

BSD people keep saying that they have a great handbook, but I could not find basic information on how to change my default gateway on it, google helped here too.

I could not even open zip files by default. Had to install zip, but again while it worked in terminal, ark still kept compaining.

But surely, there were things I liked, like system booting and shutting down very fast, and the simplicity of /etc folder.

I hope future realeases will be more "everything you need out of the box style" just like Mepis or other distros. Otherwise I see no newbies using PCBSD in near future...

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