Is it difficult to move from Linux?

Roland Smith rsmith at
Mon Oct 22 23:11:40 PDT 2007

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?

I have used Linux for almost 10 years before switching to FreeBSD. A lot
of the things that I leared while making the switch are documented on my
FreeBSD webpage;

Some highlights;
- services must be enabled in /etc/rc.conf (foo_enable="YES")
- devices permissions are set in /etc/devfs.conf and /etc/devfs.rules
- build third party applications from ports, it'll save you a lot of
- mounting filesystems as a non-root user has certain requirements;
  * the sysctl(8) vfs.usermount must be set to 1.
  * the user or a group that he belongs to must have read/write
    permission on the device
  * the user must _own_ the mount point

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