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

Andrew L. Gould algould at
Wed Feb 16 12:45:19 PST 2005

On Wednesday 16 February 2005 02:41 pm, Johnson David wrote:
> From: Andrew L. Gould [mailto:algould at]
> > For those who use FreeBSD as a server, FreeBSD the desktop is most
> > definitely an option.  The issue here is the audience.  When you
> > say FreeBSD can be a desktop, to whom are you talking?  If you're
> > saying it on this list, I think it's a truthful statement. 
> > However, I think it would be irresponsible to say it to the general
> > public.
> I dont' think anyone here has advocated FreeBSD as a desktop for the
> general public. If this perception is what's causing all the angst,
> then please rest easy.

Okay.  Enough said.

> The Linux motto is "world domination", and 
> that's why it tend to emphasis Linux on every grandmother's desktop.
> But FreeBSD is not Linux. I don't need FreeBSD running on my
> grandma's Dell to justify my own choice of it.
> The desktop "market" for FreeBSD is certainly much much smaller than
> general public. But that doesn't mean that's its unsuitable for those
> willing to get their hands dirty and read the FM. My original
> assertion that started all this hand wringing was that I was willing
> to extend this group to include those that happened to have a
> knowledgable and trained administrator as well. I still hold by that
> assertion.
> David

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