In article <533b3903.7030...@rancid.berkeley.edu>, mich...@rancid.berkeley.edu writes:
>I have been using FreeBSD on the desktop since 1997, Hmmm. I'm a bit biased here, but I've been using FreeBSD on the desktop since, well, before it was called FreeBSD. It's still my primary platform for nearly everything (except photo management, which drove me to a Mac laptop so I could run Lightroom, and those few remaining Web sites that still bury all their content inside Flash). But let's be clear that different people have different requirements for a "desktop". My requirements are relatively simple: twm, xterm, XEmacs, vlc, LaTeX, xpdf, a Jabber client (psi), $VCS_OF_CHOICE, gnucash, and at least two Web browsers (I use Opera for most stuff and Firefox for "promiscuous-mode browsing"). Once in a while, I even need to run a remote X application over an SSH tunnel. A Web server (Apache) and a mail server with local delivery and spam filtering (sendmail+spamass-milter+crm114) round out the requirements. I do not ever need or even want translucent windows, Zeroconf, 3-D games, or nonlinear video editing. Audio playback only matters to the extent that it's smooth and the settings stick. I write documents and code; my desktop is a productivity tool, not a gaming platform, and it performs that function quite well, thank you very much. Other people have rather different requirements, and that's OK. But let's please not break the applications for which FreeBSD is very good now (and has actually gotten substantially better). -GAWollman _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-current To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-current-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"