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

RacerX racerx at
Wed Feb 16 08:26:15 PST 2005

On Wed, 16 Feb 2005, Andrew L. Gould wrote:

> On Wednesday 16 February 2005 01:49 am, Nikolas Britton wrote:
>> Chris wrote:
>>> 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.
>> 5. Fed up with Linux.
>> 6. Wanting to learn (more) about UNIX.
>> 7. People that just want to be different.
>> 8. Those that need/want more control over there computer or want to
>> do things there own way.
>> 9. Need more power then Windows / Microsoft has to offer.
>> 10. Low end / old systems and embedded / industrial systems that need
>> an OS.
> 11. Fed up with vendors' rigid products and empty promises.
> Andrew  Gould

Agreed - to me, and I'm not speaking for all (like some here do) *I* 
myself would like to see FBSD continue in the direction it's going. There 
isn't anything wrong with a select group of folks being targeted.

I don't care if the every-day Windows user ever gets a chance to use or 
install FreeBSD. It's not for those folks. Never was, and to me, it never 
ought to be.

It's designed for the "compatent" user. The user that know more then a 
thing or two about OS and hardware. ANY decent user of FBSD CAN install X, 
CAN install a WM, and CAN have it run very well as a desktop.

To me, I don't want this OS for the mindless group of users that are out 

And lastly - FBSD CAN be a solid desktop OS IF the end user wants it to 
be. Let's STOP saying it isn't or it can't be. Those that say that (in my 
mind) have failed to get it running on their own devices.

As I mentioned before - I have and do use FBSD as both a server and 
desktop. Have been doing it for a few years, and I'm by no means a unix 
guru.  If *I* can do it, most anyone that WANTS to can do.

Let's stop saying it's not a desktop OS - that's simply wrong. Many of us 
use it for exactly that - for those that have tried and failed at it, I 
can see why you feel that way - but at least say it from a personal view - 
not as gospel...

That's the most irritating thing to read is someone stating that as a 
global truth when in fact, it is not.

Over and out.

Best regards,

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