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Do you advise me to adopt NetBSD?
I have joined this mailing list to get some advice from NetBSD users.
I have a Linux background (and Windows before that), and I am now
considering moving to NetBSD. But I am still uncertain.
My computer usage is limited to the typical small-office tasks (word
processing, database, spreadsheet, etc), as well as home computer use
(but with no games, no advanced multimedia). I don't need anything
I can comfortably do all that with Linux, of course, but I would like to
give NetBSD a try.
What attracts me to NetBSD is its philosophy: efficient, minimalistic,
not complicated and chaotic (like Linux can often be), and managed by
developers who give a lot of importance to the overall design and to
stability. Of course, Linux is the opposite, and one often faces the
situation where things break down, or keep changing at such a fast rate
that the user is confused.
From what I have read, NetBSD is safe in this respect, since it is much
more sober and conservative than Linux. Since I give a lot of importance
to stability and it-just-works, I am very much tempted by NetBSD.
My core question now is: since I don't need cross-platform compatibility
(which is the main reason why people choose NetBSD), would it make sense
(considering my trivial needs) to opt for NetBSD instead of Linux?
As far as I could see, the recent versions of most software packages are
available in the NetBSD repository, so I am not at all worried by that.
What does worry me is that NetBSD might be too technical for an average
user like me, whose IT skills are not so advanced. Would I be getting
myself into unnecessary trouble by adopting NetBSD for my daily
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