Linked by karunko on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 22:08 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones VirtualBSD 9.0 is a desktop-ready FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE built around the XFCE Desktop Environment for good aesthetics and usability, and is distributed as a VMware appliance (that can also be made to work with VirtualBox) so even non techies can be up and running in minutes. The most common applications, plugins and multimedia codecs are ready since the first boot.
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RE[3]: For display only
by karunko on Thu 26th Jan 2012 09:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: For display only"
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I respect your decision, but can't understand it. Why is providing a bare metal installation considerably more difficult than providing a virtual machine?

Because you need to take into account lots of different hardware configurations, while with a VM the hardware is known quantity and things are a lot easier. As I said, the "Big Boys" have enough resources to do it, but we really don't.

You wouldn't have to make your own installer, just a "customization" package for FreeBSD that would turn a raw, Spartan FreeBSD installation into something more friendly and usable.

This, on the other hand is a lot more likely and is really what I was offering at the end of my reply that maybe, just maybe, came off the wrong way -- I'm not fanatic about anything but that's not enough to turn me into a great communicator.

So, just to be clear: if you can take care of a basic FreeBSD 9.0 install I'll do my best to guide you through the steps necessary to migrate software and settings (which is the "easy" part) and then, assuming it's supported, try to get your hardware to work, okay?


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