I've got a major question...

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Thu Jun 27 06:15:44 UTC 2019

On Wed, 26 Jun 2019 15:37:29 -0400, Alejandro Imass wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 12:34 AM Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:
> > On Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:57:54 -0700, Allen Schaaf wrote:
> >
> [...]
> > Backup strategies benefit from this approach, too. And FreeBSD
> > is actually a great foundation to achieve this.
> >
> >
> Agreed for the server side, but FreeBSD may not be the right choice for
> desktop replacement of Windows.


In the past, I have abolished many installations of "Windows"
with Linux and FreeBSD, and both users and administrators were
happy with it. Even the beancounters expressed their joy for
a decrease in TCO. ;-)

> From what I've read so far, most of the core systems and processes run on
> external systems and there is a lot of clerical work done in local
> workstations, so it sounds more like a direct Windows to Linux migration
> project where probably Canonical/Ubuntu would be a better fit than FreeBSD:
> https://ubuntu.com/desktop
> https://ubuntu.com/support
> https://canonical.com/services
> I think Canonical provides assessment and services (and/or partners) to
> help with the migration and for support.

Yes, this is is important where you need to involve external support.
Luckily, I hardly deal with such settings, so my experience there is
is limited. For what _I_ do, support is usually internal to the
organisation. The migration was, in most cases, much easier than you
might imagine: Preparations included a replication of "look and feel",
while leaving out the disadvantages and nonsense "Windows" forces upon
its users. Some users even came from a technical background with Linux
and Solaris experience and would immediately recognize everything.
A few changes in naming, optimization (!) of processes - "work smart,
not hard" instead of "he who sits the longest time in the office is
the smartest employee and deserves a promotion" -, and finally a good
integration with external services. So from the "what we do", nothing
changed for the users, just the "how we do it" became much more
comfortable for them. The administrators also were happy as they
now had convenient tools for dealing with possible troubleshooting,
but also the "mundane tasks" became a lot easier and could finally
be automated to a reasonable point.

I know, this is a very individual point of view and experience, but
as you can see: It _is_ possible, and it starts with the right
decision. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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