Hice April 1st piece,

Let's see what I could contribute :)

On 01.04.14 08:46, Eitan Adler wrote:
Hi all,

Some of you may have seen my posts entitled "Story of a Laptop User"
and "Story of a Desktop User".  For those of you who did not, it can
be a worthwhile read to see what life is like when using FreeBSD as a
desktop.  In short, it is an educational experience.  While FreeBSD
can be coerced to do the right thing, it is rarely there by default
and often doesn't work as well as we would expect.

There is no platform that can do everything as you please. In fact, there can't be any such thing with computers, because they are not humans and only do what we humans instruct (program) them to do, not what we believe we programmed them to do. A slight difference, but important to see things in perspective.

The following are issues I haven't brought up in the past:

Battery life sucks:  it’s almost as if powerd wasn't running.  Windows
can run for five hours on my laptop while FreeBSD can barely make it
two hours.  I wonder what the key differences are?  Likely it’s that
we focus so much on performance that no one considers power.  ChromeOS
can run for 12 hours on some hardware;  why can't we make FreeBSD run
for 16?

Who said we can't? We did, do and will do that. On a case by case solution. This is strictly hardware specific issue and of course, no other OS can claim good power management on "any" hardware.

Sound configuration lacks key documentation:  how can I automatically
change between headphones and external speakers?   You can't even do
that in middle of a song at all!  Trust me that you never want to be
staring at an HDA pin configuration.  I'll bet you couldn't even get
sound streaming to other machines working if you tried.

Lack of documentation has always been the "weak" part of any enthusiast work. For people care more about getting the work done, than writing long essays. I would not go that far to say you can't switch audio outputs in a middle of a song (or why not, a movie?). After all, this is strictly hardware specific issue and of course, no other OS can claim good audio management on "any" hardware.

FreeBSD lacks vendor credibility: CUDA is unsupported.  Dropbox hasn't
released a client for FreeBSD.  Nvidia Optimus doesn't function on
FreeBSD.  Can you imagine telling someone to purchase a laptop with
the caveat: "but you won't be able to use your graphics card"?

Purchasing specialized hardware (a laptop), without being aware what software will drive it is always a very bad idea. As for those vendor's proprietary technologies, they don't function on many other modern platforms, not only FreeBSD. Then, there is choice -- you could use other vendor's technologies, if that suits you. Or, if (say) CUDA requires OS XYZ, use that instead of FreeBSD. Not that this has anything to do with "desktop".

In any case, half of our desktop support is emulation: flash and opera
only works because of the linuxulator.  There really isn't any reason
for vendors to bother supporting FreeBSD if we are just going to ape
Linux anyways.

If you will remember, most of this is because of different licensing restrictions imposed by those vendors. I am absolutely confident, Adobe will produce a very good Flash Player for FreeBSD, once you convince them there is money in that.

That is why on this date I propose that we cease competing on the
desktop market.  FreeBSD should declare 2014 to be "year of the Linux
desktop" and start to rip out the pieces of the OS not needed for
server or embedded use.

FreeBSD is not sold. There is no such thing as "market" for FreeBSD. Neither in Desktop, Server or whatever other arbitrary "segments". In fact, FreeBSD is not even a product -- it is more of a toolkit, which you use to build your very own OS for your very own "segment".

Yes, 2014 might very well turn out to be the year of Linux, but that is not because of FreeBSD -- Microsoft are helping much more with their insistence to kill Windows XP.

Some of you may point to PCBSD and say that we have a chance, but I
must ask you: how does one flavor stand up to the thousands in the
Linux world?

You mean, all those short lived species will arrive in hordes and destroy the Dragon? Might be, might be not. The dragon has seen thousands of those already come and go.

Having fun is most important in the process. :)


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