Selling FreeBSD

David Gerard fun at
Fri Jun 6 15:18:46 PDT 2003

Paul Robinson (paul at [030606 19:09]:

> If they aren't enthusiastic, it's because it's not solving any problems for 
> them. The fact it works great as a high-traffic MX or HTTP server isn't 
> something most businesses need. As for desktop use, well, it does suck 
> compared to something like Mandrake for an average run-of-the-mill office 
> worker. Even Mandrake sucks a little bit compared to Windows XP these days.

I would question that. I just set my highly non-technical wife up with
FreeBSD 4.8, KDE 3.1, Mozilla Firebird 0.6 (Linux binary) and 1.0.3 (Linux binary, as mentioned on this list ;-). It does
require an administrator to at least run the ports or packages, but
any office network will need an administrator.

The only thing still missing is a drop-in replacement for Outlook. Other
than that, it's probably more usable than Windows, and a Windows user
should have no trouble.

"It works like Windows, but it doesn't crash!"

- d.

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