Explaining FreeBSD features

Fafa Hafiz Krantz fteg at london.com
Mon Jun 20 13:48:42 GMT 2005

> This sounds good. How much time is left for you to write it?

A couple of weeks :)

So I have a lot of time to do research.

> FreeBSD is a typical system driven by technical people.

Clearly its weakest point.

> Or, as I describe it for myself, if I would know marketing,
> I would not write software.

If you knew them both, your powers wouldn't know limits.

> > http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/unix/ aims more towards the general
> > public, and does the job a little better. How ever they don't even
> > mention half of FreeBSD's features.
> >
> Not all applies to FreeBSD.

Hopefully one day they will.

> > http://people.freebsd.org/~murray/bsd_flier.html is very, very good.
> > I get the feeling though, that it ain't like that no more.
> >
> It is a starting point but a bit outdated.


I did e-mail this Murray, he told me he was working on a new one.

> > Any idea, people?
> Not really as I also do not know the current status of your 
> article. I also have no idea what the target audience will be.

Actually, it's not only for the article.

I also want to create an introductory report where FreeBSD meets
the real life, and try to present it in the same professional
manner that Apple presents their Mac OS X.

Maybe some can even be used as wording for FreeBSD's new website,
which they desperately need.

> Let me give you some not to technical points for a start.
> FreeBSD strongest and also its weakest point is that it is 
> developed by serious people as a serious operating system who took 
> the work of a serious university as their base.
> This leads easily to misunderstandings when newcommers appearing at the scene.
> The main advantage of FreeBSD is its stability. It just runs like a 
> work horse.
> FreeBSD follows very strict principles once set. The number of 
> exceptions to be faced during operating a FreeBSD machine are 
> pretty much limited.
> All applications come via the ports tree and are delivered as 
> source or as a binary. The user can decide on what level he/she can 
> maintain the machine.
> The installation from source need compilations but it does not need 
> any knowledge of programming. Following the same steps for all 
> ports, is all the user has to do:
> cd to the directory in the ports tree
> make
> make install
> make clean
> I know some people who were to afraid to move to FreeBSD as they 
> believed installing from source is equal to being a programmer.

Yeah I know a lot of people like that :)

> I hope this will start a discussion to give you the strong points 
> of FreeBSD you need for the article.

Indeed, Erich.

Your kind gesture and true words have been very helpful.

Thank you!


Fafa Hafiz Krantz
  Research Designer @ http://www.bleed.no

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