Selling FreeBSD

Andrew Hodgson andrewh at
Thu Jun 5 15:00:43 BST 2003

Ceri Davies wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 02:30:00PM +0100, Jon Mercer wrote:
> > I'm not sure that going for a whizzy install is going to make for a
> > wider adoption of BSD. Has anyone looked at the Lehey column in Daemon
> > News, it does touch on this.
> I'd agree that I don't feel there's a great need for a whizzy installer.
> Something like Sun's JumpStart on the other hand, would be a major plus
> in my opinion.  Yes, this is probably reasonably trivial, but if there's
> one already available that's going to sound a lot better to the PHBs than
> "of course it can be done, but we'd have to spend some time writing it
> first".

I haven't seen JumpStart yet, but I wouldn't dismiss out-of-hand what
the visual impression of an installer can do for a new user's first
impressions, especially if it's their first non-Windows/Mac OS.

Try an experiment - sit down a partner/friend/pet and get them to
install FreeBSD. How do they get on? I think I'll try this
poor flatmates :)

The point made earlier about an introductory text could probably be done
by anyone with the inclination and writing skill, so maybe that's
something that can be done more immediately.


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