Easiest desktop BSD distro

Ilya Kazakevich kazakevichilya at gmail.com
Wed Mar 30 17:16:22 UTC 2011


>
> If there is a choice between making things easy to learn and easy to use,
> the design principle is to make it easy to use - even if that comes at the
> cost of a steeper learning curve.
>
And you can always create easy-to-learn GUI-based tool that works on the top
of low-level tools.
BTW Microsoft came to this idea too (see "MinWin")



>
> So the easiest BSD? Any of them, if you're prepared to invest the time
> learning it.
>
FreeBSD probably is the easiest to study in all BSD family because it has a
really good handbook. But for people with *nix background (like linux) any
BSD should not be difficult.






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>
> Peter Harrison
> www.4harrisons.blogspot.com
>
> -original message-
> Subject: Easiest desktop BSD distro
> From: "Jason Hsu" <jhsu802701 at jasonhsu.com>
> Date: 29/03/2011 21:14
>
> 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.  I tried PC-BSD, GhostBSD, and
> DragonflyBSD in VirtualBox.  I've found PC-BSD agonizingly slow to install
> and operate, and KDE didn't even boot up when I logged in.  GhostBSD has too
> many things that don't work, such as the keyboard on my laptop and my
> Internet connection on my desktop.  DragonflyBSD didn't boot up in
> Virtualbox.
>
> I recommend Linux Mint as a first Linux distro.  It's user-friendly,
> well-established, widely used, includes codecs/drivers that Ubuntu doesn't,
> and has a Windows-like user interface.  For those with older computers, I
> recommend Puppy Linux or antiX Linux as a first distro.  I'm looking for the
> analogous choice in the BSD world.
>
> 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?
>
> Please keep in mind that I have a slow Internet connection, and these BSD
> distros are ENORMOUS.  It took some 12-14 hours to download PC-BSD.
>
> --
> Jason Hsu <jhsu802701 at jasonhsu.com>
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