re changing from vista

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Fri Nov 14 15:40:47 PST 2008

On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 02:56:26PM -0800, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 12:19:34PM -0800, Jim Pazarena wrote:
> > Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> >>> please can you help me i am totally confused i want to change from  
> >>> windows vista
> >>>
> >>> but i cannot understand which system to use
> >>
> >> maybe windows XP?
> >>
> >>>
> >>> i am not sure if freebsd will work with my hardware and software
> >>
> >> simply check it.
> >
> > unless you think this may be a troll,
> > your comments seem a great way to chase away a potential convert to FreeBSD.
> <opinion>
> But why are we interested in "converting" people?  That borders on
> religious, which an operating system should not be.

The OP asked advice on an OS alternative to Vista and asked about 
FreeBSD.     Telling him that FreeBSD is a good choice is not making
a religious statement.  It is just answering his question in an
honest manner.


> People should use whatever OS gets the job done for them, be it Windows,
> FreeBSD, Linux, OS X, Solaris, DOS, whatever.  The OP's question is
> vague in a sincere way; users who want to move away from an OS often
> hope there is a simple answer, when in fact there isn't.
> My point is that focusing on "converting" someone, I feel, is the wrong
> way to go about showing the world the operating system is worth using.
> To me, it's just just another manipulative form of marketing; and I
> don't know about you, but marketing doesn't sway me when it comes to
> most things (*especially* computing-oriented things).  Marketing often
> turns people off to things, rather than on.
> I'm not saying "we don't need new users" -- I'm saying: if we took half
> the energy used "converting" people and applied it to fixing bugs and
> improving FreeBSD, there wouldn't be a need to "convert".  "Build it
> (and secure/stabilise it) and they will come".
> I guess I just see things in a different light than most.
> </opinion>
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> | Jeremy Chadwick                                jdc at |
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> | UNIX Systems Administrator                  Mountain View, CA, USA |
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