jerrymc at msu.edu
Thu Nov 6 18:09:56 PST 2008
On Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 07:45:07PM -0500, SAM HAYNES wrote:
> Greetings, O Learned Ones
> from: Sam Haynes, Pathfinders 2008
> I haven't the foggiest as to how you came to be in my favorites list,
> other than that I probably tagged you in an ongoing search for both or
> either something to replace Win XP and or build my own personal server.
> I have been usining XP for several years now. Recently, I tried to
> install XP from my OEM cd and was notified by Gates and Company that XP
> would no longer be supported. Bummer! So what else is new? Time to part
> company with Bill? Vista was tha final straw.
> I need something that will replace XP in all the essentials but without
> a useless bag full of coverups for poor performance..
> Debian was the first encouraging encounter. It was recommended as a
> cheap entry into the personal server concept, using a two to three year
> old PC chassis. Sounded good but I could never figure out just how to
> download it.
> So, FreeBSD appears in my fave list and server appears in the same
> paragraph as operating system. Here is my plan.
> I am 76, a retired Master Electrician, PC builder since '87, have a wife
> of 40 plus years, debilitating medical problems and a strong belief that
> I can milk a living out of internet affiliate marketing despite the
> current economic crisis.
> My current model is to generate a basic website, use my existing isp to
> promote two consistent converting products, bootstrap the proceeds from
> that into building my own dedicated server to market 'how-to' products
> over a hundred or more websites.
> All using ready to serve apps and a WYSIWYG HTML generator.
> I appreciate your time reading this over long monologue... I'd
> appreciate it even more if you could take some time to throw some
> suggestions back at me..
Well, you have to judge if your product has legs for the market place.
But, FreeBSD would be a very good platform to host your server
if you choose to go ahead with doing this.
FreeBSD is quite different from MS-Win stuff. I would advise
finding some space on a machine and installing and using it for
a bit to get past the initial learning curve - which can be
quite steep for a person whose main background is in MS-Win.
But, once you get the hang of it you will begin to see the
advantages. FreeBSD expects you to actually manage it. It is
not a handholding or keep-its-distance-from-the-user type of
system like MS-Win or even MAC-OSen. You can get right down to
the bits if you want or need. But, there are very good tools
and documentation (once you get used to the stule) that will make
it all work just fine.
> Sam I Am, PATHFINDERS 2008
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