Is it difficult to move from Linux?

Erik Norgaard norgaard at
Tue Oct 23 12:36:50 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 first tried to FreeBSD 4.3 coming from RedHat Linux. My main problem 
was configuring X but there were other things too, so I fell back on 
Linux. Then I made the switch when RH got to 8.0 which was full of bugs 
and it somehow just came very easy. I don't know what I did, I guess I 
just got it right. I had no problem with X. Since then, I just wonder 
what took me so long to make the switch.

Another typical "problem" is that Linux users are used to bash. And the 
default shell in FreeBSD is csh. I made that switch too, actually I 
quite like it now.

There is plenty of documentation, I often found myself browsing 
documentation for FreeBSD while using Linux because it was just better 
written. Check the handbook for a start.

Cheers, Erik
Erik Nørgaard
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