Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Wed Sep 3 09:54:46 PDT 2003

On Wed, Sep 03, 2003 at 12:01:58PM -0400, Doug Love wrote:
> A friend recommends your OS over Linux for my home system.
> I've taken a 2 day Linux Admin course, and know just about that much.
> I don't see a quick answer on your webpages to my questions.
> Where can I find
>    Fortran

      f77 -- part of gcc, comes with the base system.

>     Basic

      Various ports:

>     A Database similar to Access

      Well, there are a few to choose from in  The most popular are:

      But those are full-featured RDBMSes, and probably a bit too
      heavyweight for your purposes.

>     Spreadsheets

>     Pkzip

> I hear a lot about the system being a server, but all I need to do is
> browse the web and use email similar to Netscape.  How easy is it to set
> up?

In my opinion, not that hard at all.  Of course I've been using
FreeBSD day in, day out for many years so I would say that, wouldn't
I?  It will be a learning experience if you've never used a Unixoid
system before -- in which case, it would be a good idea to pick up one
of the many fine FreeBSD guide books of which a selection can be
found here:

Greg Lehey's "The Complete FreeBSD", 4th Ed. is I think the latest
available, but there are 3 or 4 alternatives covering similar ground,
such as "FreeBSD Unleashed" by Michael Urban or "Absolute BSD: The
Ultimate Guide to FreeBSD" by Michael Lucas.  Not forgetting the
Handbook, which is on-line at:



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