[nycbug-talk] OSCON ports idea
george at sddi.net
Wed Aug 10 19:36:03 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!
although it does say "linux/unix". . . but no bsd option when you follow
the link. i know kirk's copyright is against commercial misuse, but i
wish this kind of thing had some safeguards. . .
> 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).
This is a point that needs to be taken well and honestly. It's a common
perception of non-BSD users. Yeah, the replies of ports/pkgs, Linux
emulation when necessary, etc., are all our reactions, but for those new
to the BSDs, it is a bit confusing.
it would be cool to automate this online, so that you'd fill out a form
with the contact email address for the app, the link (s) for the
another thing on the to-do list. . .
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