Linked by Julian Djamil Fagir on Thu 14th Feb 2013 22:23 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives BSD (Berkely System Distribution) was a research operating system based on the original AT&T Unix, developed by the University of Berkeley, California. It has been Open Source right from the beginning, and after the university lost interest in developing it further, several community projects started up (the very first ones were NetBSD and FreeBSD in the early nineties) to continue developing BSD. Anyway, Linux was born roughly at the same time, but a pending lawsuit about copyright infringements prevented the BSD projects to become as successful as Linux (though you could argue about the exact reasons).
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Comment by J-freebsd_98
by J-freebsd_98 on Fri 15th Feb 2013 21:08 UTC
J-freebsd_98
Member since:
2006-01-01

Persons posting that FreeBSD will someday be ready for the desktop may be advised that it is fully capable now. I can use browsers, email, webmail, view .PPS and .flv and .webm; run pipe commands; upgrade the system fully; backup often; etc etc etc... the only caveat I know of is a... one may want multiple CPU (a main desktop; a build machine and/or server) and one should keep current with pending changes (pkgng default for V10; SUJ new in V9 etc etc). The forum is really helpful in that regard if one reads it daily.
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In regards to 'how to install software', I can recommend
"portmaster -d -B -P -i -g www/seamonkey audio/mp3blaster audio/lame " for example. (Batch mode, more or less). Ninety percent of the time, I can run that in one xterm while browsing and email etc normally in another xterm... efficienc(ies) I've not seen in other operating systems.

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RE: Comment by J-freebsd_98
by tony on Sat 16th Feb 2013 03:43 in reply to "Comment by J-freebsd_98"
tony Member since:
2005-07-06

Ninety percent of the time, I can run that in one xterm while browsing and email etc normally in another xterm... efficienc(ies) I've not seen in other operating systems.


Sorry, gotta call you on this. Every modern operating system can handle this kind of multitasking with no trouble on decent hardware. Especially with an SSD.

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RE: Comment by J-freebsd_98
by Soulbender on Sat 16th Feb 2013 07:47 in reply to "Comment by J-freebsd_98"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Ninety percent of the time, I can run that in one xterm while browsing and email etc normally in another xterm... efficienc(ies) I've not seen in other operating system


I take it the only OS you've used are FreeBSD and DOS.

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J-freebsd_98 Member since:
2006-01-01

I used windows98, and the shareware/freeware plethora not only resulted in BSOD's daily, but the start menu gave scant hint of where many programs could be found, having grown in size.
I've used and could use Linux, howsoever, browsing the forum for one distro daily, I wonder if each poster could not do 20 to 80 percent more fixing/installing/upgrading/developing daily if the poster were running FreeBSD instead. Breakages are posted... for which dual machines... then, often "dd'd sdb rather than sda..." countless times...
My post on FreeBSD's positives were not to put down the ones I consider less efficient, but to point out the advantages of the former, and how it can *indeed* be used as a desktop capable machine, which if I did not make it clear, was the reason for the original post, as
a counterpoint to those who said or implied that FreeBSD would *someday* be ready for the desktop.

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RE: Comment by J-freebsd_98
by broken_symlink on Sun 17th Feb 2013 11:57 in reply to "Comment by J-freebsd_98"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

The thing that sold me was being able to run pipe commands.

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RE: Comment by J-freebsd_98
by lucas_maximus on Mon 18th Feb 2013 18:59 in reply to "Comment by J-freebsd_98"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Are you by any chance friends with this guy

https://twitter.com/1990sLinuxUser

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