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Date:      Mon, 05 Mar 2012 08:56:13 +1000
From:      Da Rock <>
Subject:   Re: PC-BSD on top of FreeBSD - does it matter ?
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On 03/05/12 07:23, jb wrote:
> Chuck Swiger<cswiger<at>>  writes:
>> ...
>> There are lots of people who are looking for turnkey / "no docs needed"
>> systems, with "give me simplified choices" but "handle obvious errors with a
>> nice dialog window or fix-it 'wizard'", instead of requiring CLI sysadmin
>> experience, reading error logs, and running diagnostic commands to fix things.
>> ...
> Well, the PC-BSD team set these goals for themselves:
> "PC-BSD has as its goals to be an easy-to-install-and-use desktop operating
> system, based on FreeBSD. To accomplish this, it provides a graphical
> installation to enable even UNIX novices to easily install and get it running."
> That's also an obligation to test it.
> PC-BSD is a product, by a private company. The burden of proof is on them.
PC-BSD is an organisation or group; I wouldn't go as far as calling them 
a private company.
>> ...
>> I suspect that the folks who define usability by such criteria are not using
>> FreeBSD (or PC-BSD) at all, or they quickly evaluate it and then move on at
>> the first major showstopper they come across.
>> ...
> There were many attractive features implemented.
> I personally am irritated when I get a software product that breaks on a basic
> usability test. The argument that something is offered to me for free and so
> I can not expect it to function here and there does not fly with me. That's
> a road to nowhere, considering that they do offer it freely.
> I will test their next public release in more detail.
> I would love to report back words of praise.
> jb
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