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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Having fun with free UNIX systems
by Miklos nemeth on Sat 2nd Feb 2002 07:20 UTC

I enjoyed the article and the comments as well.
I installed WindowsME, FreeBSD 4.4 and RedHat 7.1 on single a DELL Latitude C600 notebook (trial boot using LILO as boot manager).
To my big surprise the easiest was the RedHat, it recognized all hardware elements (except the built-in winmodem). Second was FreeBSD, because I had to download and install XFree86 4.x to support the video card. Both free unices immeditely worked with my wireless PCMCIA card, and all my other PCMCIA gadgets.
WindowsME was a bit disappointing. I had to dowload the drivers from DELL's site for the video, network adapter, winmodem. I had to install drivers for the wireless card. So much for the user-friendliness of Windows.
The only negative of the free unices was that they do not support winmodem and I had to buy a real PCMCIA modem card.
I think very user-friendly bash should be the default shell on FreeBSD as well.
You should install Midnight Commander, too.
Miklos