re changing from vista

eculp at eculp at
Fri Nov 14 14:39:27 PST 2008

Jerry McAllister <jerrymc at> escribió:

> On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 08:00:23AM +1000, Da Rock wrote:
>> On Fri, 2008-11-14 at 11:58 +0100, peter wrote:
>> > Dear sirs
>> >
>> > please can you help me i am totally confused i want to change from
>> > windows vista
>> >
>> > but i cannot understand which system to use
>> >
>> > i am not sure if freebsd will work with my hardware and software
>> >
>> > kind regards
>> >
>> > Peter
>> Welcome to the free world Peter!
>> FreeBSD is a very powerful and stable system, but that said it is also
>> very hands on - the opposite extreme of vista which is all hands off.
>> This means that you will have a very steep learning curve.
>> This list is /very/ helpful, others may not be so friendly or helpful.
>> This is great for newbies who need some real help in getting to know
>> their system and fixing problems, but there are times when even this is
>> not enough if you don't have enough experience with the system.
>> My advice is this: get used to the *nix (linux, unix and other
>> derivatives) systems and how they do things, and the best way to do this
>> is to use linux which is like a halfway house for windows users. The
>> software available for all systems is HUGE. And all this software will
>> usually run on both systems. The difference is linux will take care of a
>> lot of maintenance for you (like vista), but still allows you to get
>> your hands dirty hacking the system to your hearts content.
>> This is not to deter you from using FreeBSD - linux is a tough system
>> when compared to windows, but FreeBSD is even tougher; bit like
>> comparing a tank to fort knox. But the ease of use and experience you'll
>> gain from using linux will be more forgiving than using FreeBSD.
> This is just wrong.    I have always found FreeBSD to be easier
> to install and configure the way I want it that the Red Hat or Suse
> I often have to use for some servers at work.

Amen to that.  I've converted many Ubuntu users who had shot  
themselves in the foot.  They are now happy freeBSD users. YMMV

> You can learn them all if you want and use them all.
> But, don't be bullied in to believing that FreeBSD is any harder
> than the Lunix flavors out there.
> ////jerry
>> My suggestion would be to get used to the *nixes with Ubuntu or even
>> PCBSD (which is a FreeBSD variant for newer users), once you have gotten
>> used to that give yourself another steep learning curve and jump to the
>> final level of FreeBSD straight-up :)
>> Keep in touch with this list and you'll get all your questions answered
>> no matter how ridiculous they may seem to the seasoned users here, and
>> the Ubuntu list is nearly as helpful from my observation (hence my
>> recommendation).
>> Once you have the experience you'll definitely want FreeBSD for its
>> security, stability, and more. You can run a desktop, a server, or just
>> about whatever you want on it. The possibilties are endless with nearly
>> any *nix system, but the stability can only be found with BSD.
>> Good luck with your endeavours and welcome, again
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