Posted Dec 31, 2012 12:08 UTC (Mon) by alfille (subscriber, #1631)
Parent article: FreeBSD 9.1 released
It's quite eye-opening installing FreeBSD compared to a standard Linux distribution.
Before the flames, I've installed BSD before, on obscure platforms, and played with the partitioning, packaging tools and configuration. But once you step away, you forget all the arcane details.
This was on a VM and the actual installation from a minimal ISO works. Getting packages is a nuisance -- even the online documentation shows a half dozen different command invocations and discussion of pkg vs pkgng but no overall explanation that the creation skeletons are already installed and you travel to a particular directory to compile and install the actual program.
Creating a desktop looks like quite a bit of work.
I appreciate that this is a different vision, and that usability is hard work, and that once you are immersed in FreeBSD the details seems logical and intuitive. But for a curious explorer, you wonder whether the benefit/effort ratio is greater than 1.