OS to replace FreeBSD

Aryeh Friedman aryeh.friedman at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 23:41:23 UTC 2021

On Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 7:06 PM Weaver <weaver at riseup.net> wrote:

> I've been using Unix for over 20 years, and I wouldn't know how to
> recompile a kernel and, at present, anyway, have no desire to know.
> I use it for my business - technical writing and instructional design -
> and, literally have no time to dig beneath the surface.
> I've learnt one or two things along the way, and will probably learn
> more as time goes on, but the direction your knowledge takes is as
> variable as the individual and their needs and inclination.
> Ralf has it spot on.
> You're arrogant.

Unix was not designed for end users, it was designed by technical people
for other technical people doing technical work (development and other
infrastructure related tasks).  If you want to do word processing or other
tasks then use an OS designed for it like Windows or Apple's GUI on-top of
MacOSX.  If you can't handle the command line (and anyone that can do basic
command line stuff can also recompile a kernel with very little research)
then you shouldn't us Unix directly (for the purposes of this discussion
the GUI on-top of MacOSX is not Unix per se -- disclaimer I am not
denigrating MacOSX in anyway since have been a Apple shareholder since
1982) because none of the open source GUI's are good enough to completely
avoid the command line even for some basic tasks like global search are
replace through a series of text documents.

So if you call using an OS the way it was designed to be used arrogant then
go ahead call me that.   But if you mean something else then your off base
because I am only describing how the OS was designed to be used.    Also
note I do use GUI's on FreeBSD (my primary desktop machine is
12.2-Release-pl3 with Xfce4 on it and I use it for all my work and other
uses [except some games]... but I am in the target audience of what Unix
was originally designed for -- back end/infrastructure software development)

Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer, http://www.PetiteCloud.org

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