Al Plant wrote: > Bernt Hansson wrote: >> Matthew Seaman skrev: >>> Mark Stapper wrote: >>> >>> >>>> In light of this, I would really enjoy seeing a "Ubuntu" like movement >>>> in the FreeBSD corner. >>>> What I mean is that it would be nice for my mother to install and use >>>> FreeBSD. >>> >>> It's called PC-BSD. >> >> Have a look at Manolis Kiagias work at >> http://freebsd-custom.wikidot.com/downloads-page >> >> Haven't tried it my self, but it seems I'm going to. >> > Aloha, > > Manolis download worked for me. I used it to install a 7.2 FreeBSD on > a Sandisk Flash stick. And I can bring it up from the USB port on my > netbook. Works fine except for printing on network. Have to work on > setting up the printcap properly. >
Thanks for the mention ;) I should however note that although this work takes out most of the compiling steps (and I plan to expand the range of pre-built packages soon), it is still not "a common man's OS", as all the configuration steps are manual. I am also developing some shell scripts that will automate a considerable part of post-setup configuration, but these will need to be tweaked accordingly. It will never become a CD you can give to your dad to install, but will certainly reduce the time an intermediate / seasoned FreeBSDer will need to install a new desktop. There are more than a few things that prevent FreeBSD from becoming friendly to a non-expert, non-willing-to-study-docs user. PC-BSD deals with many of them (preinstalled NVidia, flash support, PBI system) and it gets better all the time. Although if the point is getting a simple user to move away from Windows, most any desktop oriented linux distro will probably do the job. Such a user won't need to have all the choices and absolute control that FreeBSD provides to all of us. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"