On Mar 1, 2008, at 10:13 PM, Rico Secada wrote:

On Sat, 01 Mar 2008 19:45:14 -0600
eculp <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

I have installed freebsd server in a small company that has approx
30 pc's of all sizes, shapes, brands, etc.  They have just realized
that a large part of the problems that they had before the firewall
was caused by the 30 windows pc's that were connected directly to
the ISP's wireless router.  They would like to change the PC's to
unix desktops.

I would like to install FreeBSD or any other bsd but don't feel that
we have the drivers available to substitute such a wide variety of
hardware.  I would love to be proven wrong.  Therefore I am
considering a linux version with a graphic installer that will make
it easier to train someone to install on any new machines that they
add later.  My problem is that I haven't done a linux install since
before FreeBSD 2.2 IIRC and have no idea which version would be the
most versatile and has an installer that is basically brain dead
simple with most all drivers.  I suspect that I am asking the
impossible but you never know.

I'm sure that I'm not the only person to run into this situation and
I would sure appreciate any suggestions.

In my experience from similar situations I would recommend OpenSUSE
from Novell, since it has to be as windows "like" as possible. OpenSUSE is very well supported and since it is Novell who is behind the distro,
the company can provide professional support.

In general I recommend Debian over any distro, but in some rare cases
like this one, I would rather recommend OpenSUSE.


I would recommend investigating Ubuntu or one of it's clones (e.g. Xubuntu, Kubuntu). The install is "brainless", they offer commercial support through the parent company Canonical, and they are Debian-based.

Another option would be PC-BSD or DesktopBSD as they both have very easy installations and will support most things that the above support. The only stipulation that I have run into is the standard trouble of Flash on BSD operating systems.



Thanks,

ed
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