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Date:      Fri, 10 Aug 2007 14:01:54 +1000
From:      Norberto Meijome <>
To:        Peter Boosten <>
Subject:   Re: Convince me, please!
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On Thu, 09 Aug 2007 07:07:53 +0200
Peter Boosten <> wrote:

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> Pollywog wrote:
> > 
> > I hope I do not get flamed for saying this...
> FreeBSDers don't flame :-)
> > 
> > I am a new arrival to *BSD though I have used Linux for ten years.  I think 
> > that if you want a working system right off the bat, PC-BSD or DesktopBSD 
> > would be a better introduction for you.
> Yes, I think you're right. Most FreeBSD users are used to do things the
> 'command line way'. 

I think it is more a 'Unix users' rather than FBSD users thing. The fact remains that unix provides an awesome toolkit that doesnt have (or need) mouse+button hindrance that only now MS is seriously starting to provide. Yes, you have all the GUI you want in windows, but to get things fixed when they borked (or when you want the job done without outguessing the gui) you now have lots of CLI tools. I find this highly amusing... MS is still coming around to doing things  the unix way ...if only in the long way around...

> FreeBSD has a steep learning curve (actually a steep
> configuration curve), but once you get things running (and that isn't
> that hard) it's rock steady.

Not necessarily more than other unix-like OS, i think. Understanding the system (ANY system) is key to ease of configuration. If you started learning unix, properly configuring windows is ... strange, and all over the place

> So the advantages aren't necessary won when installing, but more when
> using FreeBSD for a while.

applies to all OSes i can think of.

> To the OP: if you're not willing to learn, Windows is probably best for
> you.

yeah, i agree.


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