What FreeBSD users really want
nalists at scls.lib.wi.us
Tue Jul 25 20:22:29 UTC 2006
Jim Stapleton wrote:
> No offense, but, it doesn't even integrate BASH. I had to install the
> bash package so I wasn't stuck to CSH, and BASH is much more popular
> than any PHP shell. (Wait, is there a PHP shell? I know there is a CLI
> interpereter, but that's different). Regardless, if it's in ports
> (which it probably is if there is such a thing), then just install it,
> not very difficult at all.
Indeed. Very easy.
To me, the bare-bones-ness of FreeBSD is one if its strongest
points. I happened to read this thread after an employee birthday
party, so please excuse the poor analogy to follow...
Linux distros are like cakes that arrive fully baked, frosted and
decorated. Don't like that flavor? Wrong number of candles? Too bad,
use a different distro, or fight the installer to stop it from doing
things you don't want it to do. Very, um, Microsoft.
FreeBSD is like a build-your-own-cake kit. It arrives as a nearly
flavorless slab of yellow cake. Then you decide if it should be
double chocolate or lemon or [choose from 20,000 options here]...
All you have to do is tell it in your kernel config:
options batter angelfood
make KIND=birthday COUNT=40
In my opinion, FreeBSD should never change its model to arriving as
a fully completed cake. The ability to choose (including the choice
of "plain old cake, no frosting, no decoration") is just priceless.
At most, the installer might be improved to make it easier to make
good choices. It most definitely should not start choosing for me,
at least not beyond the minimal "components required for a plain
Greg Barniskis, Computer Systems Integrator
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