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Date:      Mon, 19 Aug 1996 19:06:15 +0300 (EET DST)
From:      Sfakianakis Mike <sfakian@csd.uch.gr>
To:        questions@FreeBSD.org
Cc:        sfakian@csd.uch.gr
Subject:   Help needed!
Message-ID:  <199608191606.AA03062@crete.csd.uch.gr>

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Dear friends,

     I've already decided to experiment in some new O.S. -beyond  boring
DOS and Windows- and play around with some of them, specially those from
the big Unix family. Just because of that i am contacting you today to
give me some usefull information (if possible).
     I am very much interested in focusing the main differences among the
very well known distributions of Linux (RedHat, Slakware, etc) and your
system, but mainly advantages and disadvantages comparing them. I've read
a lot through the Web and various ftp sites around the world (how_to's,
FAQ's, README's, installation_info's etc) about how well one system
operates under certain conditions, new features and many others, but didn't
manage to find such a document.Finally, what i am trying to answer with
this e-mail is : "Why a user must install O.system A and not B or C .."
     Please consider a lot of aspects, not only stability and robustness,
things that already are No 1 in my mind. :)
There are also some questions i have for you, concerning mostly the latest
version of your system :

1. Just read that FreeBSD supports all versions of CPU's from Pentium down-to
   386SX (not recommended)
   P6 included? (if Y up to 200Mhz?)
   How about CPU's from other than Intel manufacteurs? (AMD, Cyrix, TI,..)?
2. Does your O.S. support multi/parallel processing machines. If N (till now)
   would you include this in next versions?
3. How often (middle case) a new version arrives? How far improved is it
   usually, comparing with the previous one? (i mean how much a user is
   'pushed' to change and invest in the new one?)
4. How easy is it to upgrade from one version to another? (again concerning
   the middle case). Does it only include re-compiling of the kernel?
5. What kind of s/w written for Linux is it possible to run under FreeBSD?
   Does it works as an emulation or are they s/w compatible 100%? (just in
   case of the emulation, how fast -in really terms- this is?)
6. How about running (2) or more O.S. under the same machine? How safe can
   such a disk/system be? Do you provide something like LILO in the Linux
   case, for doing the thing during bootup?
7. I know there are a lot of organisations and individuals out there, already
   using your O.S. Can you provide me a list with the main - already know -
   sites or big organisations belonging to your 'club'?
8. How tricky can a installation through ftp be comparing this of a CD?
   Cd provided includes the latest version of the s/w or just the stable one?
9. Give me some good reasons for such a lot of scientific personnel to be
   involved in a process like this of implementing such a good O.S. with
   no profit at all, ro am i wrong? Can this be true in world like this?
   (please extend your mind beyond the obvious answer of science-funs)

   Forgive me about any errata in my language.
   Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


                                                 Sfakianakis Mike,
                                              Apollonias & Dionysou
                                              715 00 Ammoudara,
                                              Heraklion, Crete, GR
                                              (sfakian@csd.uch.gr)
                                              +30 81 255716
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