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Date:      Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:50:40 +0000
From:      Frank Shute <>
To:        Wojciech Puchar <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <>, Chris Whitehouse <>
Subject:   Re: installing freebsd on windows
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On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 01:03:59AM +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> >It's certainly not slow and messy here. I installed PCBSD a couple of 
> >months ago after a few years of rolling my own desktop and I love it. On 
> >reasonable spec hardware it runs very well, the developers have done an 
> >excellent job
> of course. windows vista runs well too on overmuscled hardware.

No it doesn't. It doesn't run well on any hardware because it's got
things like a file manager that is broken for all intents and
purposes. No virtual desktops, undocumented shell etc.

> Just i don't understand the idea of wasting the power of good hardware 
> just to waste.

IMO, making the user experience a little less daunting is a good use
of hardware.

Saying that, I've introduced my nephew (age 14) to FreeBSD proper.

He made good progress and managed to build himself a PC (with some brief
written instructions from me) and to install but came unstuck on an
unsupported video card and lack of a decent 'net connection. But I'll
fix him up when I go out to Oz later this year by which time he should
have broadband.

I wanted him to have a sound understanding of the fundamentals and how
everything fits together. I don't think PC-BSD would have done that.

But a copy of FreeBSD 7.0 (downloaded at school), a book on vim and
a book on ksh should give him a good start to computing nirvana ;)

Sorry if I've strayed off-topic.




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