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Recently I decided to try out the new NetBSD 7.0 for desktop purposes. Somehow I have a weak spot for the BSD's, because of there puristic approach. And I have chosen NetBSD because with FreeBSD and OpenBSD I never achieved a correct screenresolution in Xorg on my Dell optiplex gx270. I have very limited skills in managing configuration-files and in the past with NetBSD I never had any trouble in this respect. With NetBSD 7.0 I noticed that the kernelmessages were already displayed in the correct framebuffermode.
The NetBSD-installer had some small changes in comparison to earlier versions. For instance you are able to set up a useraccount during the installationproces. In earlier days you had to set it up afterwards. I also experienced that NetBSD's installer is more suitable to install to the harddrive next to other Operation Systems, in a dual- or multibootsetting. Especially OpenBSD is very dangerous in this respect, you loose your partitionlayout in a hickup if you are not carefull.
NetBSD is very light on resources, very swift, and performes well on older hardware. With regard to additional software that you can install with the packagemanager pkgin or (from source) using pkgsrc, there is really quite a lot of bugs. There are a lot of packages that just do not work. For instance I tried installing xfce but I could get a wallpaper, so I decided to go with JWM instead, combined with a lot of lightweight applications, like XFE filemanager. I couldn't get XFE to display proper font or proper buttons. I you want to work with NetBSD on your desktop you will have to be willing to undertake a lot of trial and error research. Now I use mc but ros also works excellent. I only do some browsing on the internet, combined with E-mailing. I use firefox24 (I like the old-style firefox and NetBSD still has it as an option) and sylpheed and the work perfectly without any bugs. For my writing I use Ted rtf-wordprocessor.
That is enough for me, and I really enjoy NetBSD as a very lightweight Operating System on my old desktop. For tinkerers with limited skills like me.