Is it difficult to move from Linux?
Donovan R. Palmer
donovan at dmpnet.org
Tue Oct 23 10:29:55 PDT 2007
One of the biggest attractions, among many, is that you install the BSD base
and then add what you want to it. I have increasingly become tired of having
to spend a tonne of time taking a tonne of stuff out of a Linux distro that
I don't need. Of course, part of this is that I am a generally focused user
and particularly I am mainly after server type functions. I suppose it
might be a bit different if I wanted a desktop replacement and didn't mind
having a bunch of things to play with over time.
Many thanks again. I have saved many of your emails for future reference. I
am blown away at the response and willingness to help. I didn't think that
existed any more in cyberspace!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerry McAllister" <jerrymc at msu.edu>
To: "Donovan R. Palmer" <donovan at dmpnet.org>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: Is it difficult to move from Linux?
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 07:03:44AM +0100, Donovan R. Palmer wrote:
>> Friends... thank you for all of your responses. Last night I read a big
>> chunk of the handbook and read articles such as
>> http://www.over-yonder.net/~fullermd/rants/bsd4linux/bsd4linux1.php Very
>> helpful. I was impressed with the quality of the documentation and I like
>> the disciplined approach to FreeBSD.
>> The more I read, the more I was convinced that FreeBSD was what I was
>> looking for and would satisfy some of my needs/disillusionment with
>> I look forward to putting it on a box and starting the learn the
>> differences. Many thanks again!
> I think you are right.
> A couple of thing I forgot to mention.
> First, the default shell in FreeBSD is tcsh.
> I like it for most things and find myself grinding my teeth at bash,
> but you can easily change the shell to suit you. If it is bash, then
> you need to install it from ports and enter it in /etc/shells and
> then change your /etc/passwd entry using vipw(8).
> The other one that can make things easier is that the directory
> and file layout is described in a man page. man hier will get it
> for you and can be very valuable in getting used to FreeBSD.
> Note that all the directories listed in hier from / down to /stand need
> to be in the root file system for things to work, especially at boot
> time and in single user mode.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Chad Perrin" <perrin at apotheon.com>
>> To: <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 1:42 AM
>> Subject: Re: Is it difficult to move from Linux?
>> >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
>> >>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
>> >>shift from Linux? Is there anything in particular which has been
>> >>which would be useful to read?
>> >I found it dead easy -- much, much easier than making the switch from MS
>> >Windows to Linux was.
>> >The best source of information on FreeBSD for new FreeBSD users is, in
>> >opinion, the FreeBSD handbook:
>> > http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/
>> >Another excellent source of information is The Complete FreeBSD:
>> > http://www.lemis.com/grog/Documentation/CFBSD/
>> >There are a couple other books out there that I've found to be quite
>> >excellent, as well.
>> >In general, I think you'll find much of the differences between most
>> >Linux distributions and FreeBSD quite minor, but a touch strange at
>> >first, and in the long run very positive. At least, that's my
>> >CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ http://ccd.apotheon.org ]
>> >They always say that when life gives you lemons you should make
>> >I always wonder -- isn't the lemonade going to suck if life doesn't give
>> >you any sugar?
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