Is it difficult to move from Linux?

Benjamin M. A'Lee bma+lists at
Mon Oct 22 16:47:34 PDT 2007

On Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 07:33:57PM +0100, Donovan R. Palmer wrote:
> I have been using Linux for over 10 years, but have for a number of reasons 
> become very interested in learning to use FreeBSD. Are there any ex or 
> current Linux users here and could you tell me how hard it is to make the 
> shift from Linux?  Is there anything in particular which has been written 
> which would be useful to read?

Depends, really. For the average desktop user, there's no difference
whatsover - Gnome, KDE, etc., are basically identical on both platforms.
From an administration point of view, things are in different places - but
if you've used more than a couple of GNU/Linux distributions you may have
encountered this anyway.

The only difficulty I've had is in portability of things like shell
scripts and Makefiles between the two; options supported in one version of
a program may not always be supported in the other and/or may
work differently (this isn't to say BSD is worse, just different).

A couple of links:

Benjamin A'Lee <bma at>
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." -
Albert Einstein
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