Free BSD install tutorial I wrote
slackwarewolf at comcast.net
Mon Jan 2 20:39:12 PST 2006
On Monday 02 January 2006 10:52, fbsd_user wrote:
> here is another install guide more up to date
When I finish with getting Free BSD 6.0 I'll write another one the same way I
did that one.
And another poster said I should have linked to the docs for help, but there
was a reason that was left out.
See people use this OS for free and never pay for anything to help the
developers out. So I instead of linking to free docs told them to BUY two
This helps them out in that they have a book to look at instead of docs. and
the developers get at least a little extra cash for the project.
So far I've gotten fairly good feed back but some people didn't quite like it.
That's fine, however I got a lot of mail from people who loved that tutorial
and said they were thinking of trying a new OS and wanted BSD but the docs
were to confusing for some reason or another so they weren't going to install
it because it wouldn't work and after reading that, they got it.
Another poster said I should not have said "Hit this or that arrow key however
many times" well, to be honest, I don't plan on making it say "scroll" in the
next one I write. I did that once and people went for their mouses to
scroll.... THAT is why I said hit arrow keys. It's only more confusing to
people who can just read the Free BSD docs already out there, this was for
people coming from Windows where scroll means something on the mouse.
My target audience for this wasn't people who already use it, it was for
people who never have used anything but Windows. And yes I didn't add
anything on configuration because I took most questions myself and then if I
couldn't figure out their problems I pointed them to the docs. This worked
for most of them and I'm happy with the tournout.
So thanks all for the comments, I'll take most of them into consideration for
the next one except for the one about scrolling. Sorry man but that would
confuse people worse than me saying to hit arrow keys a certain number of
Believe me, I have an aunt who thinks she's a hacker and good with computers
but at the same time thinks the icon in her Windows 98 task bar that tells
her she's online with her ISP, is the reaosn her computer doesn't work.
Yea..... Neat huh? ;) I tested this tutorial out with users who've never used
anything but Windows and know nothing at all about computers, I think it did
the job of getting people to at least try BSD out as I haven't heard of
anyone following this and not getting the thing installed.
Wait I take that back, two people couldn't install with it, however, that was
from one having a USB keyboard that didn't work and another a USB mouse. So
other than that, it's worked for everyone I've told to try it.
Can't be that bad of a tutorial, it was published 3 times heh. I've done
similar tutorials where I tell exactly which key to press and when, for the
Dual booting Debian and windows XP
Dual booting Slackware and Free BSD
Dual booting SUSE and Windows XP
Lots more but I'm not going to waste space.
Anyway, this is longer than I intended so I'll stop here and wait for more
comments. I'm not trying to make others sound stupid, my goal is making Unix
easier for people who aren't good with computer in general. They need it most
of all, Windows is WAY to confusing for a person new to computers, you have
to use AV software for worms and so on, and adware scanners, it's to much for
a user new to computing, I recommend Linux and BSD to people who don't know
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