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Date:      Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:35:20 -0500 (CDT)
From:      "Valeri Galtsev" <>
To:        "fml" <>
Subject:   Re: Can I use FreeBSD as a desktop system?
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In-Reply-To: <20170719151943.GA1859@avalon.thwn>
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On Wed, July 19, 2017 10:19 am, fml wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 11:32:43PM -0300, SOUL_OF_ROOT 55 wrote:
>> Can I use FreeBSD as a desktop system?
> You know best.
> For my use case, I can say FreeBSD works great.
> How about my use case? Well, I'm a lawyer and use it for text
> processing, web browsing and to connect to some reserved networks (read:
> justice). Desktops used by lawyers must (or, should...) comply to data
> protection regulations (in my case, EU Regulation) and FreeBSD
> implements great technologies I deploy:
> - data encryption (geli; if you're unfortunate enough, gbde);
> - different user roles (unix users and jails);
> - different data access profiles (mac_mls; mac_biba deployment in
> progress...have still to please Xorg);
> - backups (the usual suspects; since I need encrypted off-site backups
> I'm investigating Tarsnap, avaiable as package);

You can also look into bacula or its fork bareos. I use bacula for quite
some time, and plan to switch to bareos hopefully soon.

Just my $0.02


> - access logging and logging of administrators' actions (syslog, sudo
> and the right Michael W. Lucas book).
> So, here's how FreeBSD serves me as a desktop OS and I'm happy with
> it.
> f.
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Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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