FreeBSD talks

William Cooper williamcooper at
Tue Nov 27 21:17:43 GMT 2001

Thanks for the information tom, I'll do a bit more writing now, I should
of mention before hand that I'm talking to people who probably haven't
used a operating system which is free, and not Windows.

Thanks for all the points!


William Cooper

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Hukins [mailto:tom at] 
Sent: 27 November 2001 21:10
To: William Cooper
Cc: freebsd-users at
Subject: Re: FreeBSD talks

On Tue, Nov 27, 2001 at 08:25:02PM -0000, William Cooper wrote:
> I'm planning to do a 5 minute talk at college about FreeBSD, but I'm
> stuck with writers block and the talk is only around 1.4 minutes
> long, could anyone pass me any links or send me some files
> containing talks about FreeBSD so I can have a glance?

The only link I can think of off the top of my head is to take a look
at FreeBSD's home page, and mention some of the key points covered on
the Web site.

I'm pretty sure you could fill up 5 minutes talking about how great
FreeBSD is by mentioning:

- The Ports system.  Installs over 6000 third-party software packages,
  including dependencies.  You can use the "portupgrade" port to
  update your system.

- FreeBSD's code is directly descended from the original Unix code
  (see /usr/share/misc/bsd-family-tree).  Thus, it has the stability
  of a 30-year-old OS but with modern performance enhancements.

- The BSD license.  Code is available to do whatever you want with.
  Compare this with commercial software licenses or the GPL.

- Great server OS.  Can be used for file sharing (NFS, SMB or AFS) to
  all major OSes, mail serving, news serving, Web serving (Yahoo use
  FreeBSD on their Web site) and almost anything else you might want
  to do on a server.

- Not bad as a desktop OS.  Can run KDE, Gnome and most other Unix
  desktop environments.  Arguably not as advanced as Linux, although
  FreeBSD's Linux emulation is pretty good.

Those are just a few ideas.  If you were to expand on each point for a
minute you'd have 5 minutes already.  You could also mention the
differences between -current and -stable, the open source development
model, how the source tree is managed by committers and developers
sending PRs, security and the similarities/differences between FreeBSD
and other BSDs.

Hope that helps,

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