BSD Question's.

Mike Jeays mj001 at
Sat Dec 24 07:36:01 PST 2005

On Sat, 2005-12-24 at 07:19 -0800, Michael C. Shultz wrote:
> On Saturday 24 December 2005 06:54, Daniel A. wrote:
> > Hi Andy,
> >
> > I am sorry for the trouble you have had with Windows XP.
> >
> > I suggest that you use Linux, as FreeBSD really is not targeted at
> > people who want to use graphical user interfaces.
> In a few key areas FreeBSD is a better desktop OS than Linux:  Easier to keep
> the kernel/world and installed ports up to date for example without having
> to resort to the microsoft/Linux fixall method of removing and reinstalling 
> everything every now and again.  Your opinion is correct IMO that FreeBSD
> managers put most emphasis on FreeBSD as a server and little as a desktop.
> My guess is because donations(cash) and hardware support for developers
> come from people who want servers while people who want a desktop OS tend to 
> donate squat....
> > The linux developers really have been trying to make a valuable
> > replacement for Windows, as they somehow have experienced the same
> > issues with Windows (And Microsoft products in general) that you have.
> >
> > One Linux distribution in particular that I think you might like, is
> > Ubuntu. You can download it at, or order a
> > CD (Free shipping, free CD, you pay nothing).
> Advertising Linux in a FreeBSD mailing list?  Sounds like you may have more of 
> axe to grind against the FreeBSD management folk than a desire to offer sound  
> advice....
> -Mike
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I have used FreeBSD as my desktop since 2.1.5, and have been very
satisfied with it.  Now that KDE has matured, it is an excellent choice
for a desktop environment, and runs just as well on FreeBSD as Linux. (I
am not a GNOME fan, personally). I have tried several different Linux
distributions, and my current favourite is Suse 10.0, given a copy on a
DVD to avoid shuffling CDs in and out of the drive.  They have done a
great job - but I still come back to FreeBSD for all serious work.

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