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Old 04-14-2003, 08:32 PM   #1
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Talking I was just wondering...


I have never used any BSD, but one of my friends wants to put it on as a server (FreeBSD) and I was wondering...does anyone (not in the whole world, in general) use BSD as a desktop, or just servers?

Thanks for answering my lame question...
 
Old 04-15-2003, 02:25 AM   #2
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I'm currently using freeBSD as a desktop. its worth trying out.. its free.. Everything run pretty much like linux.. no really huge suprises except most everything is stored in /usr .
 
Old 04-15-2003, 08:12 AM   #3
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I use FreeBSD as a desktop. It's much easier to install and upgrade software than on most Linux distros (Debian might be an exception to this, but I don't like its installation procedure).

One possible problem with FreeBSD for day to day desktop use is that browser plugins for Flash, etc. work easier with Linux. Other than that, you can run KDE or GNOME just as well as you can on Linux.

Alex
 
Old 04-15-2003, 02:43 PM   #4
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Cool.
Yeah, debian de-select pisses me off. Where can I find out what hardware is supported by the BSD kernel? And should I go with 5 or 4.x?
 
Old 04-16-2003, 02:52 AM   #5
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5.0 works just fine for a desktop. I think there is a list of hardware supported on the freebsd website somewhere but i just always go for the trial and error method of seing what is supported.
 
Old 04-16-2003, 07:28 AM   #6
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Go with 4.8. The new features in 5.0 are really only of interest to people running servers (YMMV, of course), and it is not yet as stable as 4.8. Having said that, upgrading from versin 4 to 5 isn't easy, so you might want to stick it out with 5.0 or 5-Current in anticipation of 5.1, which should be more stable and complete.

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Old 04-17-2003, 02:39 PM   #7
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i went with 5.0 because the handbook is updated to 5.0 =] And its been more than stable for my needs as a desktop.
 
Old 04-17-2003, 06:44 PM   #8
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Sounds tasty...
Thanks!
 
  


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