On Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:25:51 -0500, Patrick Baldwin <patrick.bald...@studsvik.com> wrote: > I'm thinking I might be best of trying to built him a really > locked-down, high security > box, almost an Internet appliance. All he really does is use the Web, > and a little > light word processing. > > What do people think of FreeBSD as the base OS for this idea?
hi Patrick, I had a similar "problem" with my parents, so I built a system (FreeBSD 6 were the times) which is completely suffficient for their needs, similar as you mentioned above, and it's still running today without any problems. basically, the system runs XFCE 4, Firefox and Opera, Sylpheed (as a standalone mail client), OpenOffice for the usual office stuff, and some multimedia components including mplayer and xmms. If your father is interested in "Flash", well... there *may* be problems using FreeBSD. With "problem" I mean it's a bit more work to do for *you* in order to get it up and running (configuration), but having a look at the improving implementations of "Flash", it will be better and better with most of the "Flash" polluted web sites. :-) Everything else you mentioned is definitely *not* of any kind of problem for FreeBSD. Before installing anything new, try to monitor a bit what your father does and how he does it. These observations will help you to create a system that fits his needs perfectly. Maybe XFCE 4 is not your way to go, maybe KDE or Gnome are better. Keep an eye on eventually present peripherials, such as printers, digital cameras, USB sticks or MP3 players. They need a bit more configuration ("automated wrapper scripts") in order not to scare the user. It's not impossible. Trust me, I'm doing this since 4.0. :-) -- Polytropon >From Magdeburg, Germany Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0 Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ... _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"