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Re: Definition of NetBSD users
On 03/21/10 15:46, markucz%gmail.com@localhost wrote:
I don't see why one should suffer from the disadvantages of Linux
just not to lock oneself out of 10% of the WWW, or to enable one's
wife to plug in a USB stick and have it mounted without her carrying
a notebook full of UNIX commands with her, to put it bluntly...
My point is that when it comes to desktop use, NetBSD will always be trying
to catch up with Linux just as Linux was trying to catch up with Wind*ws.
Well, it still is... And IMHO, it will never get a significant share on
the PC market. But that's another story.
The purpose is not (at least, from my PoV) to catch up directly with
Linux (or rather, Ubuntu), Windows or MacOSX (especially for the last
two, with their overwhelming market share and sale force).
Personally, I wouldn't like to see NetBSD following the new Ubuntu-esque
way of life as primary target, just because a clean, well thought system
is supposed to be one that spins 3D cubes and has the latest fancy
stuff. Most users that expect that of the OS are not users, but
consumers, and the expectations are different. Not better nor worse,
IMHO, the targeted audience for users are the ones interested in
understanding how an OS works, generally speaking. Things should be
simple and coherent, and ease immersion. Once we got such a thing right,
we can move on to more complex user-friendly things. Not that it is
especially hard, I have my host running a crashy Adobe Flash and can
read HD streams with VLC. However, installing a NetBSD desktop requires
an installation from an iso, then download pkgsrc and/or run
pkg_add/pkgin. Something that I do not qualify as "seamless".
My 2 cents!
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