SPAM: Score 3.3: Re: Instead of freebsd.com, why not...
mkb at incubus.de
Sat Feb 12 06:36:52 PST 2005
Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> (Nevertheless, it is not time to advertise FreeBSD as a "desktop"
This is not so much about FreeBSD, as the Unix+X11 combination in
general. It does not provide the fully integrated system the typical
end-user, coming from a Windows or Mac perspective, expects. That it
nevertheless works well enough for persons with a technical or
academical background, and those who invest some time, is not
questioned. What the Unix+X11 combination in its current blend doesn't
provide is the one-size-fits-all solution that Windows and the Mac try
to achieve. That's both a good and a bad thing, imho.
There are, of course, situations where Unix is being used as a "desktop"
successfully. Think about Unix workstations at universities and larger
companies, which have been prevalent for the last 15 years. Or the city
administration of Munich, which intends to move its Windows desktops to
a Linux/KDE-based installation. What these applications have in common
is, that the desktop user is normally different from the person
maintaining the installation. This is different from a SOHO setup,
where both are normally identical.
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