Linked by Nathan Mace on Thu 31st Jan 2002 18:45 UTC
FreeBSD By now, anyone who is even remotely related to an IT-type position has heard about Linux, and has most likely used it, if only to see what all the hype is about. However, GNU/Linux is not the only "free" Unix type OS available. FreeBSD and its cousins, NetBSD and OpenBSD are all offshoots of BSD UNIX, a commercial UNIX also known as Berkeley Software Distribution. This article will help you learn more about FreeBSD, its differences from Linux, and it will ease a potential migration process.
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BSD flavour OS, Linux and Window$
by Emey on Fri 1st Feb 2002 03:07 UTC

Actually I am a Window$ convert. My fisrt time using linux cause me to think that this OS (that time RedHat 5.x) are useless since it is not as user friendly as Window$. However, when the RedHat 6.0 came out I've tried again and manage to install everything in working order with flasy graphical system.

Once again I face the same situation when trying to install FreeBSD which until now I fail to have a nice graphical desktop base on FreeBSD, although now am using a Linux desktop made from scratch.

In my opinion maybe FreeBSD (or other BSD) is good but it is not user friendly. Linux distribution managed to make Linux more user friendly compared to xBSD. I think this is the reason many more are interested on linux. However as we all can see, still no other OS that can compete with Window$ in term of the number of users. Why? All are related to user friendliness. I've seen a case where a buyer get a computer which was preinstalled with Linux distribution that cause her a headache since she cannot use the computer for office works. Can FreeBSD resolve the problem like this? If it cans I am confident, many new user migrate to it compared to Linux.

Maybe those of you that very good in programming will say I am totally jerk, this is the real situation. Doesn't matter what your propaganda say about window$ such as it is unstable, buggy, full of security hole or what else, the main income for Microsoft is not from the server platform, it is the desktop platform that most of it contain data that not very critical.

Currently I like GNU/Linux since it is the second user friendly OS which support high variety of hardware. (Mac is good but only works on Apple hardware). Anyone that love xBSD should take not that you must first help the developer to make it more user friendly before expecting a major migration from other OS.