Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2007 18:35 UTC, submitted by troy.unrau
PC-BSD "PC-BSD is not a Linux distribution, but rather it could be considered among the first major FreeBSD-based distributions to live outside of the official FreeBSD. Like most distributions, it has implemented certain features in a way that attempts to distinguish it from the competition, and I will focus mostly on these differences. This test drive is intended to give an overview of what PC-BSD is and why one would consider using it."
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"I agree about the activities of the home user. The fact is that with windows (and Ubuntu) is not that difficult to burn a DVD, you don't have to open a terminal an "mount" any drive."

There are good CD creation tools out there, some of them even integrate into popular file managers. Personally, I prefer mkisofs and cdrecord. Why? Because I am faster (and more productive) using these tools than searching and clicking around in KDE. While Linux and UNIX OSes allow me to use the applications I can work with best, "Windows" does not offer such a solution.

CLI tools are very useful if you need to use them via SSH or serial console (you see this solution usually in professional dataprocessing environments). Of course, they may not be that useful for the home user.

BUT: It's easier to send my neighbor a mail with some commands he can copy & paste via middle mouse button and mail me the results instead of describing him pictures I cannot tell for sure how they would look like and let him describe pictures to me where he does not exactly know how to name things ("the little triangle in yellow and the blue stuff with the orange stuff on top"). Especially in situations when you need to do diagnostics in order to find out the error - in order to repair the error - in order to make something work, you usually are happy about PC-BSD having a command line based SSH access.

While GUIs are good for the usual work, CLIs are good if they don't work.

Access to media is important to home users. But in a professional setting, you cannot allow anyone to insert CDs, DVDs or disks into their computers in order to steal data or to deploy malware (even if they think it's a cool card game). Or if you have an unlabeled CD, you just want to know what is on the disc, maybe you want to index it, or it does not have a ISO-9660 file system, so you just want to put it into the drive and nothing should happen by default. The same is true for automatic logins, or asterisks displayed in the password field - they may cause security problems. There are situations where the automation disturbs you. Note: This does not affect home users, but is most interesting for administrators in professional contexts. Example: I was at a hospital and plugged my notebook into the ethernet port in the wall. Guess what happened - I had access to classified data! Just DHCP, mount_smbfs and no password required. Embarrassing!

"So, again, we agree that the PC-BSD and Ubuntu style are better for the home user and the average user."

They are, I agree.

"The 90% of the users, so if we are talking about being mainstream, let's make things easy, and leave the command-shell for the hackers or lovers of computers, statistically, less people."

The dumb majority rules the world. :-) No no, don't worry. In fact, a dumb minority rules the world.

"lol, Did you know that a glass (only one a day) of beer or wine a day is better than not having beer or wine at all?"

I'm going to tell this to Bob in the stroke unit as soon as he gets accessible; meanwhile, I put some beer into his infusion. :-)

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