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Date:      Thu, 09 Aug 2007 08:01:02 -0400
From:      "Arend P. van der Veen" <apvanderveen@att.net>
To:        Latitude <robertjx@ix.netcom.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   Re: Convince me, please!
Message-ID:  <46BB01FE.4030201@att.net>
In-Reply-To: <46BA9682.7020203@ix.netcom.com>
References:  <46BA9682.7020203@ix.netcom.com>

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Latitude wrote:
> I'm interested in changing over to FreeBSD from Windows, but I'll have
> to say, you guys don't really present a forceful argument to Windows
> users of how easy the switch may be.  I get knee-deep in FreeBSD jargon
> the second I get to your webpage. I need to see an overwhelming argument
> that FreeBSD is a perfectly acceptable alternative for home desktop
> users who have previously known only Windows.
> 
> For instance, if I download and install FreeBSD, will I instantly have a
> desktop windowing environment that I can navigate in while I figure out
> what's going on?  Will I have a browser and way to setup an internet
> connection right off the bat?  How will I migrate files from other
> operating systems?
> 
> I understand you guys have been around for a while, but you don't seem
> to understand the monumental "fear" involved in switching operating
> systems.  You need to address those concerns head on from the start.  I
> need to see several screenshots of apps that I can use as alternatives
> to what I have.
> 
> Help me (and yourselves) out.
> 
We migrated from Windows to Linux and then to FreeBSD.  We develop and 
deploy web based applications using open source tools.  Our goal was to 
find a reliable trouble-free open source operating system to standardize 
on.  We found that in FreeBSD and have been very happy ever since we 
made the switch.  It is one of our decisions that we never regretted. 
We also use the same release of FreeBSD on our development systems. 
That way, we develop on the same platform that deploy.  We find that 
this helps avoid hassles when it is time to deploy an update.  We do 
have Mac laptops to help support some applications such as Dreamweaver 
that are not available on FreeBSD.





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