Free BSD

Neil Ford maillistsubs at
Thu Jul 1 22:10:58 BST 1999

I'd have to agree with what everyone else has said... if you can, get some newer CDs, things really have come on quite a lot.

The suggestion about either aquiring some extra hardware or creating a dual boot machine is a good one, I have the luxury of a
FreeBSD only box at home because I have a surfit of hardware.  The box doesn't have to be the latest greatest spec to be usable,
you'll be pleasently surprised at the performance compared to Windows.

Once I get my server fully functional, I'll be dual booting my Windows box and probably just be using Windows for games (must play
Diablo every now and then).

Basically this is a long winded way of saying 'go for it'.  Get hold of the handbook from the website, read up a little and try it
out.  Don't worry too much about sound, apart from games, how much do you need it?.  Don't forget you can always ask here for
assistance.  That's right guys?  Guys!! Guys!! :-)

Neil C. Ford
neil at

> -----Original Message-----
> From: freebsd-users-admin at
> [mailto:freebsd-users-admin at]On Behalf Of Paul
> O' Donovan
> Sent: 01 July 1999 18:09
> To: freebsd-users at
> Subject: Free BSD
> Hello Everyone,
>                         I know that this is probably not the
> best place
> to post this question, but I'm going to ask anyway!.
> At present I'm using windows 95 and for little other than
> intereast I am
> now seriously thinking of making the switch to
> Free BSD 2.2.6. which I purchased from Walnut Creek cdrom 1
> year ago. My
> computer is for home use only, wordprocessing, spreadsheet, games
> internet  and E-mail. Various failures (well 3 half hatred
> attempts) at
> getting BSD up and running have been my experience to date. I did get
> the x-window system up and running once I logged in as root
> but that was
> about it. I had no sound, no modem no softerware nothing and
> the screen
> resolution was awful the view area was about 4 times the size of the
> screen.
>         All I really want to know is if BSD is a viable alternative to
> win'95 on a home computer for some fairly mundane computing.
> Yours Faithfully
> Paul O' Donovan.

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