Perhaps you should try the linux distros first to get a bit of a
*nix variants? FreeBSD can be daunting to the first time user, but is
one hell of a production system once you know how to handle it
Several people in this thread have made this recommendation... I
disagree with it.
#1. I don't think FreeBSD has a steeper learning curve than Linux...
I'd argue the opposite, since with Linux you have the confusion of
different distros doing things in different ways. That was one of the
main beefs I had with Linux. Every Linux book is filled with
statements like "if you are using debian, do this; if redhat, do
this; if etc., etc." And I've never met a Linux guy who stuck with
his first distro... the grass is always greener.
#2. If your goal is to use FreeBSD, why learn on Linux? Depending on
the distro you choose, you may have to unlearn a whole bunch of stuff
to use FreeBSD.
Sorry... I've been burned by Windows and confused by Linux. As a true
convert, I must say: start with the best.
Off topic and none of my business:
As a business person, I would also question the idea of trying to
become an expert systems administrator, and an expert website
builder, and an expert marketer/salesperson/product manager, all at
the same time.
These are all full-time jobs and no one has the time to do them all.
You might want to think about focusing on the product/marketing/sales
side (surely enough for one person!), and delegating all the
technical bits to other people or companies. That way, you won't
spend the next year or two spinning your wheels learning something
that you could get for free or buy relatively inexpensively from a
Building and operating a website is the easy part of building an
online business. Don't underestimate the difficulty or time and money
required for the business side, particularly marketing. You should
reserve at least 50% of your cash for marketing, in my humble (but
experienced) opinion. %80, if your cost of inventory will be low
(writing your own how-to guides, for instance.)
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