freebsd-advocacy Digest, Vol 456, Issue 1

Seo Townsend seotownsend at
Mon May 4 17:03:15 UTC 2015

I’m always amazed how flexible the BSDs are traditionally designed; from clusters, embedded, and normal people's pc’s; there are always things that run the BSDs without compromise and ease.

Even my girlfriend, who cannot figure out two button click on her trackpad, was able to configure an nginx server by herself using the manual and a few resources: <>

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>   1. an unexpected BSD user (Fraser Tweedale)
> From: Fraser Tweedale <frase at>
> To: freebsd-advocacy at
> Date: May 4, 2015 at 1:07:05 AM EDT
> Subject: an unexpected BSD user
> Most BSD users I encounter are developers, sysadmins or people in
> other computing fields; I guess that most people on this list would
> have the same experience.  Occasionally I meet a person of some
> other vocation who is a Linux user.  Rarely do I encounter a BSD
> user "in the wild", but it happened today so I thought I would
> share.
> Two tradesmen arrived to remove the asbestos cladding from my shed.
> They asked me to move my car.  After doing this one of them asked,
> "So, are you some sort of open source developer?"
> "Uhh... well, yes I am.  How did you guess?"
> "Your number plate."
> I was astonished.  My wife has been teasing me for years that noone
> understands my BSD-flavoured personalised plates.  Well, take that!
> Anyhow, I asked him whether he uses free software and he explained
> that he had been using BSD for 15 years (he did not specify which
> BSD; perhaps FreeBSD, perhaps not).
> So there you have it.  It is easy to be blinkered and imagine that
> BSD is only used by computer-ing people with computer-y jobs, but it
> is nice to be reminded that BSD (and free software in general) does
> reach into the everyday lives of all kinds of people.
> Cheers,
> Fraser
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