Learning to Walk: A Linux User Migrates to FreeBSD

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at ceid.upatras.gr
Sat Oct 25 04:43:36 PDT 2003

On 2003-10-24 14:47, Alex de Kruijff <freebsd at akruijff.dds.nl> wrote:
>On Thu, Oct 23, 2003 at 07:17:20PM -0700, peter lageotakes wrote:
>> This is the follow up (part 2) to Babe in the Woods: A
>> Linux User Migrates to FreeBSD.
>> Interesting article. However I disagree with the views
>> about handbook being written at the admin. level (and
>> more). The article could be more positive.
>> http://www.ofb.biz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=269
> I say this is prity positive considering his previous article about
> 5.0.  I feel that he gives _his_ fair point of view on FreeBSD.
> Strainge that top didn' run, i didn't had this happening to me.

This is very likely a result of more serious problems with the /dev
directory of the installation (like the missing /dev/null described in
the article).

I'll agree that it is a rather fair article, despite my reservations
regarding the problems described.  I've installed 4.8-REL a lot of times
but didn't have any of the same problems.  The fact that someone else
did, which is probably unsurprising for newcomers to FreeBSD, doesn't
mean that I'm super smart or that the authors of the article are silly
either.  The installation process depends on very scrutinous attention
to details whose significance isn't yet very apparent when one is a
FreeBSD newbie.  This is what the documentation team is trying to help
about by writing the Handbook and the rest of the docs.

Let's hope that the quality of the existing documentation and the future
efforts of the doc team make problematic cases like the one described in
the article less and less frequent :-)

- Giorgos

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