Jonathan, I'd like to thank you for your polite words. I'm not sure I could have been able to express in the same way. Allow me a few comments:
On Wed, 5 Aug 2009 16:51:53 +0200, Jonathan McKeown <j.mcke...@ru.ac.za> wrote: > On Wednesday 05 August 2009 15:49:38 PJ wrote: > > Well, whatever it was it sure screwed up my system > > You screwed up your system. Possibly that started when you tried to use > freebsd-update with a non-GENERIC kernel, but you then thrashed around, > apparently ignoring most of the help you were offered on this list and > getting into more and more trouble, while never explaining exactly what you > were doing. For any operating system is true: As long as you can't master it because you don't exactly know how to do things, it's always a little bit dangerous. > ``I can't use it, therefore it's rubbish''. That's fine, no-one forced you to > use FreeBSD in the first place and I doubt anyone minds that you don't want > to use it any more. I had a similar problem last year: My home directory is still gone and FreeBSD doesn't seem to be able to restore it. But I haven't found (a) a system that brings back my precious data and (b) can offer the same functionality and easyness of use FreeBSD does. This is, of course, a very individual problem. As you know from this list, most problems are of a less "important" nature. But failing to read the documentation - you can always ask if you don't understand what something might mean - has never been a problem. If you stick to the official handbook, no serious problems should occur. > Personally, I do think it's a pity, because FreeBSD (in my experience, since > FreeBSD 4.5) is stable, easy to use (once you have the basic Unix concepts on > board), and astonishingly well-documented. It's also supported by one of the > friendliest and most knowledgeable communities I know. In relations to most Linusi and MICROS~1 stuff in general, FreeBSD is the MOST EXCELLENT documented OS I've ever used - and I have used many OSes during my "career". The FAQ, the handbook and especially the manpages are great. Of course, that's my point of view as a developer. For a "normal user", this might look a bit different, but finally, there's this very helpful and friendly list. > Having said all that, I wish you well and I hope you find a system which > suits > you better than the one you have trashed. I honestly second that. If FreeBSD isn't your cup of tea, try something else. I'm sure you'll find some OS that fits your needs better. -- 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"