FreeBSD Most wanted

Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. kdk at
Fri Mar 5 18:01:02 PST 2004

Johnson David wrote:

>On Friday 05 March 2004 02:46 pm, Vulpes Velox wrote:
>>>I love FreeBSD, but the applications it runs need a little catching
>>>up to do if it wants to compete with its cousin. On that sort of
>>>desktop, anyway.
>>LOL, for home use... not really...
>Time to insert a plug for KDE. While FreeBSD is not ready for home use 
>due to system administration stuff, the desktop is ready. Now before 
>people start jumping all over me, please note that I distinguish 
>systems administration tasks from desktop tasks. For the former you 
>still need to know how to use a command line editor. For the latter 
>we're already there.
>Juk is comparable to iTunes. It's not identical to iTunes, especially in 
>the "pay to download" department, but for your typical user it's more 
>than adequate. Ripping audio is as simple as dragging ogg and mp3 files 
>out of the CD directory. Drag them right on to Juk if you want! This is 
>easier than Windows by a long shot. I've had a Windows user's jaw hit 
>the floor when he saw that.
>There is no reason we have to hang our heads in shame whenever the 
>Windows or Mac desktops are mentioned. While FreeBSD can't do 
>everything the other guy can, don't forget that the other guy can't do 
>everything FreeBSD with KDE/GNOME can.
>Remember, 99% of the users never use 99% of the functionality of an 
>application. We dont' need CYMK photo prepress functionality in GIMP 
>before it's usable in the home!

I'll try to say more than just "me too."  If, in 199x
someone had showed me what's on my desktop
right now, I'd have learned it just as easily, I
think.  I can configure GNOME to be easily as
pointy/clicky as Windows.  The rest is simply
differences in enforced policy.  Windows 95 was
probably quite a bit more of a PITA than anything
I'm running on UNIX today; plus, this box just
doesn't crash...

Does the "awe factor" have anything to do with
this?  I think I could have some real killer app on a
good looking desktop, but some people just wouldn't
give it a look unless it cost me a couple $K ....
compare certain sports cars to a homeade
dragster ... Porsche might look better, but
the funny car will blow its doors off; what's
under the hood is what counts.

As for GIMP vs. Photoshop, I can't say I'm that
competent with either.  And Windows Media
Player made a mistake IMHO by making the
actual filesystem "disappear" in favor of a
different interface and "root" locale....

While we're on the subject ... how about multitrack
audio recording and mixing?  If I could replace
CakeWalk 9 on my aging win98/475 that'd be *very*

Kevin Kinsey
DaleCo, S.P.

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