Latitude wrote:
I'm interested in changing over to FreeBSD from Windows, but I'll have
to say, you guys don't really present a forceful argument to Windows
users of how easy the switch may be.  I get knee-deep in FreeBSD jargon
the second I get to your webpage. I need to see an overwhelming argument
that FreeBSD is a perfectly acceptable alternative for home desktop
users who have previously known only Windows.

For instance, if I download and install FreeBSD, will I instantly have a
desktop windowing environment that I can navigate in while I figure out
what's going on?  Will I have a browser and way to setup an internet
connection right off the bat?  How will I migrate files from other
operating systems?

I understand you guys have been around for a while, but you don't seem
to understand the monumental "fear" involved in switching operating
systems.  You need to address those concerns head on from the start.  I
need to see several screenshots of apps that I can use as alternatives
to what I have.

Help me (and yourselves) out.

We migrated from Windows to Linux and then to FreeBSD. We develop and deploy web based applications using open source tools. Our goal was to find a reliable trouble-free open source operating system to standardize on. We found that in FreeBSD and have been very happy ever since we made the switch. It is one of our decisions that we never regretted. We also use the same release of FreeBSD on our development systems. That way, we develop on the same platform that deploy. We find that this helps avoid hassles when it is time to deploy an update. We do have Mac laptops to help support some applications such as Dreamweaver that are not available on FreeBSD.

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