[nycbug-talk] What's the point
Wed Dec 31 16:01:31 EST 2003
I was talking to a friend of mine today...I was excited about loading BSD on
my laptop. I was telling him how well the sysinstall program worked and how
easy it was to load desktop software like X and OpenBox3. Once I got
Mozilla-Firebird and a few other apps installed, I had it in a pretty usable
state. I was telling him how I had CVSUP'd and poked around the ports tree
a bit. I have already recompiled a GENERIC kernel, working up the courage
to do some serious tweaking.
He stopped me, "What's the point? You had a perfectly good linux
installation on there. And I DO NOT want to get into a license argument
I probably laid it on too thick when I replied, "Leaning is the journey and
knowledge is the destination."
He smirked at this... and I let it go. "True, the laptop was fine the way
it was, but, I did it for the experience for when I load BSD onto a server."
I went over some points why I believed BSD was a good thing.. including
long development history, strong community, reputation for security and
reliability, great documentation, ease of installation, ease of maintenance
and use... I included little bonuses like the quick boot and quick shutdown
times that I especially like for my laptop. It also 'appears' to run really
fast. In the end I am not sure I did BSD the justice it deserved.
Open question for the list: How would you answer, "What's the point?" Not
necessarily for a laptop, but in general... Why BSD?
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