Linked by David Adams on Mon 7th Mar 2011 17:55 UTC
FreeBSD "How long have you been using FreeBSD. Months? Years? Decades? And you love using it because of whatever reason but at the same time you're feeling a bit guilty to use it all for free without giving anything back? Well now you'll have the chance to change that. We at FreeBSD are always in need of new people who are willing to spare some of their time and effort into FreeBSD development."
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RE: maybe its the license
by marblesbot on Tue 8th Mar 2011 08:33 UTC in reply to "maybe its the license"
marblesbot
Member since:
2009-12-25

I don't think it's the license. I think Liquidator hit something. I don't use FreeBSD like I want because of the lack of real flash support.

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RE[2]: maybe its the license
by vodoomoth on Tue 8th Mar 2011 09:19 in reply to "RE: maybe its the license"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Now the question is what should the FreeBSD guys do to provide what is important to you, i.e. Flash support? I think your answer would be useful if it could get to them.

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Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

Personally, I need the desktop part of FreeBSD. I know there's PC-BSD, but let's consider only FreeBSD, which is the topic we're discussing. I just need Opera, which works properly, the Adobe Reader and Flash plugins, which both don't work seemlessly on FreeBSD. There's not much we can do about it. We have been working hard trying to find patches, hacks to make them work better, with little success. We have signed petitions, with no results from Adobe. The solution for me has been to move to Linux, sadly.

Other than that, in order to have a clean, working FreeBSD desktop, you need to spend heck of a time to install stuff using the terminal, edit files, etc... To configure your D.E. and other things that take seconds on Windows or Linux. The Gnome default theme is old too...There is no working equivalent to Synaptic or Yast for FreeBSD. Ports and packages very often return errors when installing or compiling, and you need to ask for help on the FreeBSD forum. Versions of apps are older than on Linux repos. Even less hardware is supported (terrible for hardware such as HDMI capture boards, newer printers, newer scanners, DVB boards...).Overall, it takes more time and effort to get what you expect from a modern desktop. I'm not saying it can't be done.

So in order to get back to FreeBSD, many things need to be improved, but it's sadly not always possible because it depends on third parties (software vendors and hardware manufacturers).

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RE[2]: maybe its the license
by Oliver on Tue 8th Mar 2011 09:37 in reply to "RE: maybe its the license"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Yes therefore I have to use Windows to some degree, because Flash in Linux isn't that much better as in FreeBSD.

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Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

Flash is a little better on Linux. At least it doesn't crash (personal experience).

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