Assuming We Want FreeBSD to Grow: Who Is It For?

Chris racerx at
Tue Feb 15 17:06:54 PST 2005

Joshua Tinnin wrote:
> On Tuesday 15 February 2005 12:41 pm, Shawn Harrison <harrison at> 
> wrote:
>>So, we want lots of people to adopt FreeBSD. Who are they?

To me? They are users that are:

1. Fed up with the MS upgrades
2. Fed up with paying too much for software (apps and OS)
3. Looking for a viable alternative to the MS empire
4. NOT your average Windows user.

The OS, although geared for servers - does well (IMHO and experience) as 
   a desktop PC.

As a desktop environment, we would need to ensure that the average 
Windows user is aware that it's an OS NOT for him/her.

Nor should it ever be developed for Joe Windows-User. Windows was 
created for users that tend not to care if they ever update/protect/etc. 
the PC they are on. They don't want to know what a console is. The don't 
care nor understand why Unix is almost always better then Windows. As 
long as Joe Windows-User can point -n- click, that's about as much work 
as they want to do.

You need to remember why Windows was created. To give the overall 
population then mindless alternative to using a PC. Thanks to MS, we 
have a dumbed-down society.

Do we really want to develop FreeBSD to be used by these groups of users 
(No offense intended)?

I think not - for when you start to create an OS for the masses, you are 
doing nothing more then creating a Windows Clone...

Best regards,

In any series of calculations, errors tend to occur
at the opposite end to the end at which you begin
checking for errors.

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