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Re: BootBlocks.

From: talon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2006 15:21:38 +0200

Marcin Jessa wrote:

> On Sat, 03 Jun 2006 11:00:01 +0100
> Max von Seibold <maxvonseibold@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hello,
> Hi Max.
>> Regarding the issues of production servers. I would like to point out
>> that as a relative *nix newbie I chose Dragonfly because it was new.
>> OpenBSD and NetBSD seemed daunting and FreeBSD seemed wrapped up in
>> all manner of debate.
> Could you please explain why NetBSD seems daunting?
> I am curious about what needs to be done differently to encourage a
> newcommer such as yourself to give it a try?
> It uses the same packaging system as DragonFlyBSD and the installation
> procedure is pretty straight forward (as opposite to OpenBSD).

Just an example, if you are a foreigner with for example a french keyboard,
you discover after install that your keyboard is not configured. You
need to discover how to cope with that in the rc.* system, to
edit the file with your unconfigured keyboard etc. etc. This seems trivial
but it is a good reason to fly away for a newcomer. I mention this problem
since i have encountered it, i am sure there are a lot of similar ones.
FreeBSD is not especially glorious to install but at least such trivial
things are solved by the installer since ages. Anyways the present standard
for installers is much nicer, take a look at the recent Ubuntu which has
just been released. Newcomers have no reason to use a more arcane system,
with a crappy installer, a kernel which underperforms considerably in
a lot of domains when such marvelous Linux distros can be downloaded
at a click of the mouse.

> [...]
> Cheers,
> Marcin.

Michel Talon

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