[nycbug-talk] OSCON ports idea
Wed Aug 10 17:52:39 EDT 2005
Here's an idea that was brought up at OSCON by a Mac user who has recently
become a FreeBSD newbie after dabbling a bit with Linux.
All these years he had heard of BSD but was under the impression that
there was no software for it. (I can hear everyone shouting "ports
collection" but stay with me here.) The reason why? Every time he went to
an open source software site (firefox, xmms, acrobat, abiword, webmagick,
gaim, nvu, digikam...) the download page had links for Windows, several
Linux distros and Mac. No BSD link. Just the scary "source for Unix".
(aaah, this is why all my students think tarballs are the way to go...)
I checked out some sites yesterday. Audacity even had the audacity to use
the beastie icon to go to downloads for several Linux binaries!
Now, we all know better. But this guy did bring up a valid point on
perception. A nice little project would be to hit the top used open source
software sites and give them the URL to the FreeBSD package along with a
nice little beastie pic. Anyone interested, I've already compiled a list
of the top 50 I can send to you. Otherwise, it's on my list of things to
do if I ever get bored (ha ha).
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