Andrew L. Gould wrote:
On Wednesday 22 June 2005 10:35 pm, Erich Dollansky wrote:


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That was a good idea.

That's a great analogy; but I disagree with the way you've applied it.

Yes, the hunters and farmers shared the food. That's not to say that the farmers wanted to use the bows and arrows, or that the hunters wanted to use a harvesting tool. If a farmer chose to use a bow and arrow, he/she would be irresponsible not to take a safety lesson (RTFM).

Will ever any farmer have taken a bow if there was no other way than RTFM?

Just give them the bow, make sure nothing happens to yourself and otehr and let them have a try.

That's okay. FreeBSD users are currently "specialized" in their

This is one of the reasons of low 'market' share.

interest in computer technology when compared to the average Windows user. That's okay too. Specialized tools serve are used by specialized individuals; although all may benefit indirectly.

I support better documentation. I don't think there's any argument

I would not say there is a need for a better documentation as people who are IT professionals are fine with it. There is the need for a second set of documentation the avarage person on the road will understand.

there. The idea that FreeBSD should be usable for all levels of computer users, however, is like putting training wheels on a racing bicycle. Any time you modify a professional tool to make it accessible

If Porsche would stop selling cars to people not pushing the cars to the limit, they would sell a few hundreds a year instead of many tenthousands.

to all, the tool loses some level of efficiency or power. In the case of FreeBSD, it would also absorb valuable development resources.

This is what it should not. I think that there are enough people here who like to help out with their limited knowledge if there would not be this certain tone here if people do not use a very serious tone and lingo in their answers.

All of this reminds me of a book I saw at Barnes & Noble last year: "Bioinfomatics for Dummies". Think about it: does anyone on this list want a dummy messing with genetics?

We do not want them to run web server, just normal home PCs with FreeBSD instead of Windows or Linux.

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