> I'm just trying to broaden my horizons. What is the deal with BSD? I have
> yet another computer I want to put something different on...I have XP on
> this one, and RH 7.3 on my other and the third I was thinking of looking at
> FreeBSD or NetBSD (or OpenBSD)? Any reason I should stay away from the
> BSD's? If not, which one for desktop/net use? Obliviously I'm a noob.
Get a book on unix. :-)
Pick any *bsd, try it for a while, then try another. Nothing wrong with that.
As with all unices, most of the differences (from a user point of view,
anyway) are small, so small that it boils down to what is commonly called
`flavour'. FreeBSD seems to be a good starter, NetBSD has a nice `multi-
platform' ring to it, and a bit of `smallish', something fbsd lost a while
ago. OpenBSD is loved by some, hated by others. Doesn't have much to do
with the OS, really, AFAIK it's kinda nice (but just not my cup of tea).
Quote:> Thanks guys for any input...I've read the web pages, but couldn't understand
> the differences with Linux. I do want a GUI with whatever I install.
Well, you might want to try a different linux distribution first, like
debian (mandrake is too close to redhat to count in this) to get a taste
of the differences between `linux', since linux is only the kernel, the
rest is utilities and then some glue and polishing by the different
distributors. Not so with *bsd. No graphical ui for [fno]bsd, so if that's
a showstopper for you, too bad. Unix was never ment to be administrated
through a click-and-drool interface, tacking it on takes much of its power
away. However, learning about the command line interface(s) is not
difficult, really. It just takes a bit of time, but boy does it pay off.
 There's, in a sense, more than one. Use the one(s) you like best.
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