> Dear Friends : I'm a Linux user since 1,999 and I'm really interested in 
> start FreeBSD. OK, it's a new system, different versions and so on. My 
> experience with computers started with Basic, after MS-DOS, Windows and 
> Linux. When I tried Linux, 5 years-ago, partitions, kde, window maker  
> and many of them, were only words. My first fear, was erase my HD. I did 
> it many times, but I knew how to start again or recover. I'm writing 
> these things, cause in these years using Linux, I saw a big evolution , 
> specially the installer. Mandrake, Red Hat, Fedora, Slackware and 
> another, made a goob job and you can do it , almost without problems. 
> But, when I tried FreeBSD installer, I remembered Debian, the worst 
> installer ! Probably another distributions, like Knoppix, Kurumin , 
> Gnoppix to name a few, trying to make the life user easiest ! My first 
> experience with FreeBSD, was 5.0, with a PC Master, brazilian magazine. 
> After many tries, a XFree86 error, when I typed startx, disappointed me 
> again and, I forgot it... On the last month, I downloaded the 2 CDs, 
> 5.2.1, and, the same installer, errors, infinite loops... very 
> disappointing ! I tried many lists, and with some support,to resolve or 
> not, the problems. Again, I format my system and, here I am, with 
> Windows (mainly for games and a problematic usb scanner) and Linux. I 
> need a more stable system. Many people talked me very good about 
> FreeBSD. For me, until now , the biggest deception ! Please, I don't 
> know the FreeBSD objectives, but if you would like that more and more 
> people can use it, CHANGE this installer. Confuse , in one word ! 
> Disappointing ! I tried standard, express, custom , all packages, 
> minimum, all kind of ways... I can't understand a looped install. Almost 
> 2 hours after, an error... My video card is recognized , but when you 
> did post-install, not ! You tried many XFrre86 configs and not.... When 
> something happens and finally you can start KDE or GNOME or another, 
> DHCP don't run and so on. Please change this installer and trying to 
> better hardware and network configuration ! Until this, I'll never tried 
> FreeBSD again ! Sincerely, Newton - Curitiba - Brazil

The nice thing about the installer is that it works.
Too bad you will be cutting yourself off from a good system
because you will not take the time to learn it.
You miss so much in life.


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