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Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Sun Jul 27 12:23:44 UTC 2008

On Fri, 25 Jul 2008 11:46:21 +0200
Raven <raven at> wrote:

> Gerard van Essen wrote:
> > is there anything you guys think I should add/change to make the website
> > even better for newbies, for people moving on from Linux and those who just
> > want to read what's happening in "FreeBSD land".
> >   
> To BSD users, your Blog makes perfect sense.
> I read it with interest, follow the links  and mostly share your view.
> . . but I'm a Unix user since 1989.
> There are very few things that make "normal" users  interested in FreeBSD.
> Maybe our development model, the ports, and our tolerant community.
> (Everything comes from a single source, no one tells you to RTFM - 
> Newbies like that)

Quality of documentation in FreeBSD is astounding compared to that of any Linux
distro - the fact that there aren't x00s of BSD distros obviously makes it
'simpler' to document, but comparing to any one big distro, i think the
consistent quality of documentation throughout the 'ecosystem' ( website,
handbook (site + installed), mailing lists, manpages, configuration files,etc)

> Folks want an OS, not a religion - this is where we beat Linux single 
> handed.

probably one of the nicest (+ more accurate) comparisons i've yet read on this.
couldn't agree more...

> It is of utmost importance to tell a Windows user, that we are NOT Linux.
> Don't say FreeBSD is a Linux alternative - they might get the wrong 
> impression.


> The "marketing strategy" should be a tad more aggressive.
>  FreeBSD was there before everyone else, and we will be there after them.
> (You wouldn't believe how many ppl are impressed by that fact)
> They might also like to know, that FreeBSD/Windows  can be dual booted 
> by the Vista loader.
> (Afaik, this is not possible with Linux)

interesting, didn't know that (possibly because i haven't touched vista).
{Beto|Norberto|Numard} Meijome

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