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Date:      Thu, 17 Jun 1999 07:45:19 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Steve Hovey <shovey@buffnet.net>
To:        Thatcher Hubbard <hubbardj@earthlink.net>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   RE: Amusing: LinuxCountry site runs on FreeBSD :)
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSF.4.05.9906170744450.26084-100000@buffnet11.buffnet.net>
In-Reply-To: <000001beb849$4099d7a0$0500a8c0@ocoee>

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If you've ever spent some time writing software for end user types, you
find out (usually the hard way) that to them it is better to look good
than to work good

On Wed, 16 Jun 1999, Thatcher Hubbard wrote:

>   Hmmm...I guess he might not have put it to diplomatically, but he's right
> to
> some degree.  I actually have found that the books available for Linux
> aren't very good for anyone who can type 'ls' on the con.  On the other
> hand,
> as a Linux-to-FreeBSD convert, I had great luck with the Linux HOWTOs and
> MINI-HOWTOs, and I've found I had an easier time finding the docs I wanted
> for Linux than I have for FreeBSD.  I DO NOT mean this as a criticism
> though,
> even when I began using Linux two years ago it had a larger much larger user
> base than BSD does now.  Linux has also seen a lot more of a push for
> 'user-friendliness' than we have.
>   Writing documentation is hard, it's even harder to write good
> documentation,
> and the organization and placement of those documents so newbies can find
> what they want can be difficult too.  I think the HOWTO concept is good, and
> I
> for one would be willing to participate in creating and equivalent facility
> for FreeBSD
> users.
>   As a final note, does BSD really want to go down the road that Linux has?
> I
> love it right now because it isn't bogged down with all sorts of mandatory
> install
> crap (a la RedHat) and it makes a great server or a great desktop for
> someone
> who has some UNIX familiarity.  I'm not against the creation of utilities
> that make
> systems mangement easier, but shouldn't we stress what an excellent server
> it
> is first?  It just seems like Linux may be putting too much towards the
> desktop
> initiative and ignoring what got it it's core user base in the first place.
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> > [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of Dan Langille
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 4:10 PM
> > To: Mr. M
> > Cc: freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> > Subject: RE: Amusing: LinuxCountry site runs on FreeBSD :)
> >
> >
> > On 16 Jun 99, at 14:05, Mr. M wrote:
> >
> > > Where is "Running FreeBSD" from O'Reilly?  How about another 70lb book
> > > from SAMS called "FreeBSD Unleased"?
> > >
> > > If you want to see FreeBSD become more popular you have to make more
> > > resources available to people so it will be much easier for
> > them to learn.
> >
> > Thank you for volunteering to write a book.  I'm sure you won't have any
> > trouble dashing one off to the publishers.  It's so rare that we get
> > people taking on such a huge and often thankless task.  I'm sure
> > the whole
> > FreeBSD community will be right behind you in your efforts.
> >
> > cheers.
> > --
> > Dan Langille - DVL Software Limited
> > The FreeBSD Diary     - http://www.FreeBSDDiary.org/freebsd/
> > NZ FreeBSD User Group - http://www.nzfug.nz.freebsd.org/
> > The Racing System     - http://www.racingsystem.com/racingsystem.htm
> >
> >
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