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Original OSNews Interviews Today we feature an in-depth interview with three members of FreeBSD's Core (Wes Peters, Greg Lehey and M. Warner Losh) and also a major FreeBSD developer (Scott Long). It is a long read, but we touch a number of hot issues, from the Java port to corporate backing, the Linux competition, the 5.x branch and how it stacks up against the other Unices, UFS2, the possible XFree86 fork, SCO and its Unix IP situation, even re-unification of the BSDs. If you are into (any) Unix, this interview is a must read.
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Sorry to learn the GUI installer/Desktop isn't a priority
by John on Fri 2nd May 2003 15:00 UTC

I'd use FBSD but want installation to be easy. Sorry. I see this issue like those who make a pretty good car and leave the Model-T type crank starter on it--"The rest of it works great" they say, "Our users don't care!"

Certain writers produce a novel which appeals to a certain crowd, a certain market segment. Thereafter they write to that crowd. This is what the FBSD team seems to be doing. In so many words it was said that desktop usability is antithetical to the other functions this OS has been used for, and that the users don't expect that.

I think the best idea is a system which is user-friendly like Mac, but runs on Intel/AMD chips--best of both hardware and software worlds.