[nycbug-talk] Desktop

Siobhan P. Lynch trish at bsdunix.net
Tue Dec 2 12:08:11 EST 2008

I use Mac OS X, primarily, of course i use FreeBSD primarily for  
server work, but OS X gives me the best of 3 different worlds:

1) a user friendly, crisp, and intuitive graphical environment
2) a wide range of useful software - including virtualization - to run  
my BootCamp partition off VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop when I  
need to (Parallels is better for windows  gaming, VMWare Fusion seems  
to be faster in general though)
3) a whole UNIX-like (mostly FreeBSD userland) system underneath, so  
that I can do all the stuff I would do on a UNIX-like  desktop machine.

I understand not everyone can afford a Mac, but there is also OSX86 (http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page 
), which I have running on several PeeCees built specifically for it.  
I built the PeeCees for under 500 each, and if you run a machine that  
has a processor with VT extentions, then you really have no  
difference, given the BIOS translation mechanism :)



On Dec 1, 2008, at 1:32 PM, Francisco Reyes wrote:

> Matt Juszczak writes:
>> But I do like how with Ubuntu, you can just plug in a flash drive,  
>> etc.,
>> and it just works.
> I use OpenSuse as desktop, primarily because VMware does not work with
> FreeBSD. I have not tried qemu though, which is supposed to work in  
> FreeBSD.
> Virtualization is likely one reason why some people may end up using
> something other than FreeBSD for desktop.
> Even though virtualization  seems like a very requested feature in  
> FreeBSD,
> doesn't seem like there are resources to work on it. Someone from  
> virtualbox
> was even looking for someone to do paid work to get virtualbox to  
> work in
> FreeBSD and he was no able to find someone.
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