Easiest desktop BSD distro

William Brown william.e.brown at adelaide.edu.au
Tue Mar 29 21:19:43 UTC 2011

On 30/03/2011, at 07:15, Chip Camden wrote:

>> So what do you recommend as my first desktop BSD distro?  What desktop BSD distro is so easy to use that even Paris Hilton or Jessica "Chicken of the Sea" Simpson can handle it?
> To each their own, but I wouldn't want a system that Paris Hilton could
> handle any more than I'd want a vehicle that a four-year-old can drive.

There is something to be said for the keep it simple principle however. 

> I want to learn BSD.  I find that the best way to familiarize myself with a distro is to adopt it as my main distro (for web browsing, email, word processing, etc.).  
> But the challenge of BSD have so far proven too much for me.  It would take too long to configure FreeBSD to my liking.  I couldn't figure out what to enter in GRUB to multi-boot Linux and BSD.

If you want to learn, then facing challenges is the best way to learn. Be prepared to spend some time doing research. Have two computers on hand, one with your FreeBSD, and another with linux or something known working on it that you can do your research on. Backup everything before you start, in case of the worst. I have wiped many machines by accident while learning (and as such learn the value of backups and how to restore systems). 

You will not master anything unless you actually put in the time and effort. Facing challenges will catalyse this process. 


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