> Well, FWIU, building from source is also the preferred method, as it creates a
> much better system overall, rather than just installing binaries which have
> been built on someone else's system. This allows every install to be
> specifically built for the system on which it's installed. Not only that, but
> the code in STABLE changes regularly, so it's better to build from the
> version of the kernel you have and with your own make options. Also, FreeBSD
> isn't really a desktop OS. I'm not sure if you're being precise with that
> word, but, although it works very well as a workstation, it's not designed
> for what many home users do with their desktop systems. You can use big
> window managers like KDE and Gnome, but it's not necessarily designed for

"desktop OS" and "windowslike OS" is a big difference. so desktop os
doesn't have to mean KDE or gnome, which - except some nice graphics -
doesn't have any really useful features. i use fvwm2 and icewm as it gives
enough needed without taking lots of cpu power and RAM

anyway - good use of FreeBSD (or other unix) is to be a server with
graphics terminals (X terminals) connected through ethernet. then it could
be managed only in one place by qualified admin, while used by many

definitely more stable, more easy to use and much cheaper (both
hardware and TCO) than hundreds of winputers requiring operator
intervention every few days at average.

and no chance for end user to break whole system with clicking wrong icon.
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