Linked by Uri Sharf on Mon 2nd May 2005 20:23 UTC
PC-BSD PC-BSD is a new FreeBSD 5.3 distribution, with a graphical installer and KDE 3.4 as its desktop. A new beta version was just released, and though I can't say I have much experience with FreeBSD, or any *BSD for that matter, I was curious enough to try it. And I'm glad I did. From a desktop user's point of view, completely oblivious to the many virtues and sound foundation of all things BSD, all I really ever wanted was an OS that is solid, easy to install and, well ... fun to work with.
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RE: Anonymous
by axbat on Tue 3rd May 2005 18:34 UTC

"Linspire is Linux... many of us prefer not to use Linux because of it's chaoitic nature."

i use FreeBSD as a desktop OS - at home and at work and don't understand Linux spirit, but spoonfeeding like issuing fully-GUIded-easy-to-install-OS-with-pampers-comfort isn't a good idea. Such blindly-press-to-setup OSes cause degradation of users (imho). i've seen enough CeWl-BSD-doods asking after semi-automatic installation at forums: "WTH that INIT process? May i kill it?" another good example is messing up system crontab and users' crontabs - "Oh why my script gives me the error message - 'root:command not found'"? they know or heard _something_, but don't know WHAT exactly.

First, let's remember the difference - FreeBSD is seldom mentioned as a system that provides headache-free one, quite the opposite. It's a server OS that may not provide multimedia capabilities, nevertheless anyone who wants is free to use it as such a system.

Second, GUI-wrapped variants seem (imho again) to lack brain-training.

of cause i'm glad that many people are interested in the power of *BSD, but even GUI-free setup process constrained that crowd of guys sticking to BSD because it's just cool. Let them learn how to read manuals first.

Third, quite right those BSD admins, who is worried that new wave of just-hatched juniors knowing how to install BSD
m/_ _m/ and nothing more will undercut their reputation.

"... really friendly BSD out there ... " is a self-rolled kernel and a tweaked-to-my-needs userland that makes me work effectively ,)

P.S. i didn't meant to hurt someone, just expressed my observations. Dixi.