Linked by Corey Holcomb-Hockin on Wed 5th Nov 2003 19:48 UTC
FreeBSD I've been using computers since I was quite young and have been using Unixlike OSes for about two years. Most of my life I've used Macs and only started using Windows and Unixlike OSes recently for programming. I'm good at learning OSes as long as they are documented. I've been using FreeBSD for about a year and a half.
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by Yousef Ourabi on Thu 6th Nov 2003 04:17 UTC

I love FreeBSD as a server os. But on the Desktop I would say Gentoo, or Red Hat/Fedora. My reason being, that half the port moderators don't create the icons for their gui programs. So if you install gnome, and you want to run mozilla you have to crack open a terminal and type mozilla &. This is small, but it pisses me off to no end, what is the point of a gui/DE if you have to crack open the terminal to run most programs. In gentoo all the the icons are created when installed and installed in the gnome start menu. But again. I think FreeBSD is a better server OS, more logical, unified and easy to administer.

Er... how hard is it to right click on the desktop and create an icon for your chosen program? I don't know if you can do that in Gnome, because I use KDE... but with KDE, it's a snap. Right click>Create New>Link to Application>Execute>Browse and then you name it and choose an icon to represent it, and click OK.

FreeBSD, in my opionion, makes more sense overall than Linux, even as a desktop operating system. It just requires more time to set up. Of course, I am not running cutting edge hardware... but I think FreeBSD (no experience with other BSDs) makes more sense for use in more places overall.

The isseue with the icons is not that one cannot make them. But one should not have to make them. ITs a lazy thing on the part of the FreeBSD package maintainers. RedHat and Gentoo both manage to create/install icons and install them in the menu's. Which is a major tic for me that freebsd does not. if it take that approach it might as well not have gnome/kde in the ports.
I am not bashing FreeBSD. I love the OS, I am complaining more about its approach to the desktop.