Desktop FreeBSD

dashevil at sympatico.ca dashevil at sympatico.ca
Mon Mar 8 23:39:47 PST 2004


> I do agree that FreeBSD is an amazing Operating System
> and would be a great way to go for a desktop system. 
> Various *BSD have their strengths.  I referenced
> EkkoBSD for a potential installer, just tossing out
> some ideas.  Please keep in mind that I do enjoy the
> current installer, I wouldn't change it.
> 

Yea, I don't know what to expect out of EkkoBSD though as I haven't seen an ISO that uses the graphical installer. Regardless, looking into it is a great idea as there may be a good portion of code that we'll be able to salvage. I really wish that EkkoBSD's first step should have been with that installer, no matter how buggy it actually was. It is, in essence, all that EkkoBSD is (from my understanding).

I never implied that we should change the current FreeBSD CD in any way, my idea is for an additional CD that utilizes the same packages with a different installer and a different default setup. A 'Workstation' CD.

I know that there are people working on this, but I still think that the ports/pkg_add system isn't being exploited to its maximum benefit. GUI tools for these (that allowed you to download binaries off ftp://ftp.freebsd.org would provide something equal to (if not greater than) the Lin---ws [What a stupid name] click and add/whatever functionality. Only the FreeBSD one is, well, free.

> I still have to disagree about file formats which
> equate to vendor lock-in (IMHO).  I will also agree
> that a little more publicity wouldn't hurt anything
> either.  Being more in the public could do some
> benefit to the community.  
> 
> Once again these are only my opinions.
> 
> 
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