Explaining FreeBSD features

Roger 'Rocky' Vetterberg listsub at 401.cx
Wed Jun 22 17:04:43 GMT 2005

Andrew L. Gould wrote:
> On Monday 20 June 2005 07:37 pm, Roger 'Rocky' Vetterberg wrote:
>>Fafa Hafiz Krantz wrote:
>>>>FreeBSD is a typical system driven by technical people.
>>>Clearly its weakest point.
>>Once again, that depends on your audience. If you ask me, its one
>>of FreeBSD's strongest points.
>>Im one of those "technical people", and the main reason I like
>>BSD is that its not "dumbed down". It does require atleast a
>>minimal amount of clue, and it does not take for granted that the
>>user is an idiot.
> I am not one of the those technical people.  From a non-tech's 
> viewpoint, it is a demanding operating system; but I am a more 
> competent and more responsible computer user for the trouble.  Maybe 
> that's a good point to explore:  convenience rarely breeds 
> responsibility.  (What's the line from spiderman?..."with great power 
> comes great responsibility"?)  Put another way:  The best things in 
> life are earned.
> Fafa, Roger is right about analyzing/choosing your audience.  If your 
> audience would be truly interested in FreeBSD, don't underestimate them 
> (but make sure to provide a list of references for further reading).  
> If they need the discussion "dumbed down", your probably wasting both 
> your time and theirs.
> I could be completely wrong; but that's my 2 cents.
> Andrew Gould

If they need the discussion "dumbed down", then FreeBSD is 
probably not for them.
Im not saying FreeBSD should *try* to make things harder, but it 
most certainly should not try to simplify things to the extreme. 
There are enough os's doing that already.


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