[opensource] Idea for event: hacking on the Oval
Steven James Samuel Stapleton
stapleton at mps.ohio-state.edu
Sun Jun 11 10:43:06 EDT 2006
OK, I'm going to talk to the people on FreeBSD devel about a couple of
things to see if there's an easier install planned. I've found a couple of
things from using both FreeBSD and Linux;
(1) [Linux wins] Linux is much easier to install, the installer is more
friendly and smart BSDs installer is, to be blunt, mentally handicapped,
non-intuitive, and fault intolerant.
(2) [FreeBSD wins] FreeBSD is much easier to keep running, and fix when
there are problems. It innundates you with easier to get documentation, and
useful error messages with suggestions on fixing problems that are much more
useful to a novice/neophyte than Linux. Additionally, anything in ports
tends to be easier to install reliably (without editing code), than any
.rpm, .deb or compress-compile situation than I've found in Linux. I've not
used Gentoo and it's variant of Ports, so that might be an exception.
(3) [Linux wins] For easy Sindows application compatability in a *nix
system, Crossover office is pretty big, especialy for standard users.
Currently crossover office does not install on FreeBSD (though I'm planing
on getting that to change... *evil grin*)
As an example; after 3+ years of running Linux on various systems, I've
still had to do the "Windows Administrator" reinstall-the-os fix for many
problems. In 3 or so months with BSD, I've gotten many similar errors in
doing crazy and stupid things to my system to test it, and have fun, and the
only time I had to reinstall is when I accidentally upgraded to the 7.0 beta
version of the OS, instead of simply recompiling 6.0 to work more
efficiently on my system. This is because of the error messages and
documentation. In fact, oddly enough, I've learned more about administrating
Linux properly in the FreeBSD culture and documentation, than I have in the
Linux culture and "documentation".
OK, after that long winded demonstration of my thoughts, my main point is,
that, for the perspective of a "normal" user, and not a tech-savant, we
might be better off promoting both FreeBSD and Linux, to give them more
options, in case one or the other scares them off. I'm not tryingt to start
a flame war here, although this is unfortunately a religeous topic, I'm just
saying that both have a lot of pros and a lot of cons, and we should take
into acount that other people desires and needs do not necessarily reflect
or match are own, and therefore more options should be accounted for.
A normal user may not mind having someone over to re-install occasinally,
but they will not want to have someone over to help them install an
application *every time* they want to install something.
Sorry for rambling, but I thought this was a valid, and important point to
-The Other Jim
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