FreeBSD on the Desktop (Was iBook THIS THREAD MUST DIE NOW)
simond at irrelevant.org
Fri Jan 7 17:26:39 GMT 2005
On Fri, 2005-01-07 at 17:02 +0000, James wrote:
> Gerald Davies wrote:
> > not neccessarily, depends what distro and what you install. its about
> > choice more than anything. i do agree with you though that some of
> > the distros seem bloaty now.
> I had a play with Yarrow before Christmas, and 'bloaty' is like saying
> that Rik Waller likes the occasional chip butty. Slackware was
> downright inpenetrable, but I suspect that I'm happy with knowing five
> different HD partitioning systems. I'm technically minded, but not
> masochistic. And they've yet to produce 'Trivial Pursuit: *nix edition'.
> > your avg person isn't going to like fbsd IMHO.
> The point is that nobody has a clue what the average computer user
> actually is. I support friend's machines who run the gamut from gaming
> through to making something loosely described as music. Even Microsoft
> makes howling errors like an annoying paperclip and 'user-friendly' has
> never been a synonym for 'patronising'. I'll probably take lives if I
> ever have to use another piece of scanner-bundled software.
> I've been wondering for the past couple of years about creating a 'base'
> FreeBSD distro that automatically installs a given subset of software
> (roughly modelled on XP. Don't hate me.) and asks simple configuration
> questions. Admittedly I'm insanely happy with current methods of doing
> it, but I'm sure that something like that could work well.
FreeSBIE has something like that and is CD based with a HD install
option, could be worth trying.
Simon Dick <simond at irrelevant.org>
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