@AndreC You chose what works best for you. "Why should I use $OS?" is already asking the wrong question. Think about the problem you want to address first, not why you should use something.
@raichoo Yes definitely agree with that. I've always stuck with windows and Linux so I was wondering if there was any benefits rather than just personal preference. Like windows has default support for a lot of apps, while I find Linux really snappy and has a great update system where you don't have to restart. If there's something cool about Free BSD I might try it out sometime. 😃
32bit support for my old but well running netbook
only the programs I choose aboard -- meaning you'll have to think what you need and install it. back to basic software that does the job (I do only text editing)
fun to learn to set up your environment/system/box. as a side effect it improves your searching skills, logical thinking and frustration tolerance ;-)
@raichoo @meine I just checked out some pictures and videos of it today, might take some time to figure out all the syntax and features. But I actually love the GUI it looks incredibly modern, almost a bit mac os esque. I definitely think it's worth a try on desktop as well considering I love that GUI layout.
on the GUI: any decent OS lets you choose your DE and/or WM. AFAIK there is no 'FBSD looks', it's just what you want, what you make/copy of it.
compare a true #FOSS desktop environment and/or window manager with choosing a new bike, car or friend: what do I like, need, and install it! no strings attached
the challenge with a new #FreeBSD box is the black screen you start with. it's all up to your wishes.
quite a change in this otherwise so 'free world'... !!!
@meine @AndreC Indeed. Your GUI can look the way you want it to (depending on how much effort you want to put into it). But that's the same with most Linux Distros. I have written my own compositor/window manager https://hikari.acmelabs.space (largely inspired by `cwm`) mainly because I wanted to, but things like Gnome, KDE and a host of window managers are also available. FreeBSD differs in how it works rather than what it looks like (which is not that different from most Linux Distros).
@AndreC @meine It's easy to get lost in all of this stuff. Don't worry too much, using an unusual setup for the sake of it is not a badge of honor ^^ It just makes life harder for no reason. Find something that solves your specific use case, there will always be someone who will claim that something else is "better". Your requirements will change as time progresses. It can be a super fun journey. Try out as much as you can, in the end something will stick for one reason or another ^^.
* Cooltrainer setup -- mind that 12 needs some things differently (https://cooltrainer.org/a-freebsd-desktop-howto/)
* the FreeBSD forum -- first RTFM, then ask here (https://forums.freebsd.org/)
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