Wednesday, December 20, 2006

BSD?S
BSD = Berkley Software Distrobution


Talking with our tech specialist about BSD?s and how it sums up to the normal everyday user.

Sheri asks:
What is bsd's?

Geovolt replies:
A form of unix, like linux. But it is it?s own thing I guess you could say.

Sheri asks:
what does bsd stand for?

Geovolt replies:
Berkley Software Distribution
There are a few different flavors of it.
Like freebsd, openbsd and netbsd for starters.
Freebsd and openbsd being my favorites.

Sheri asks:
Why not netbsd?

Geovolt replies:
Its nice and all, just really didn't fit for me (at the time it is, probably made some changes since then)

Sheri asks:
Ok what does freebsd offer that u like?

Geovolt replies:
Well let me start off by saying some of the bsd's can be a challenge to get configured

Sheri asks:
What is challenging about it?

Geovolt replies:
But freebsd is one of the easiest to get configured and its easier to use, that?s why I perfer that for desktops

Sheri asks:
and laptops as well?

Geovolt replies:
Yes
plus freebsd is coming a lot with hardware support

Sheri asks:
And how does these compare to windows?

Geovolt replies:
Well like linux, it?s all around more stable than windows.
Plus the basis for it linux and bsds started in the 60's

Sheri asks:
How is it with support to software on freebsd?


Geovolt replies:
But freebsd is good about having more software support

Sheri asks:
How come linux, unix, bsd's not as well known as windows?

Geovolt replies:
Well as a credit with windows with good marking and windows can be easier to configure, but linux and bsds and other unix os's are catching up

Sheri asks:
How does BSD's compare to linux or unix?

Geovolt replies:
Well for the most part is portability, stability and with most of them being open source, you can configure to what you need

Sheri asks:
When u talk of configuring it ... what is all involved doing it?

Geovolt replies:
Well take for instance, your desktop, with windows.
They have a gui (graphical user interface) its already preconfigured to start up at boot.

Sheri asks:
So what is there to configure?

Geovolt replies:
Basically having it work to where it fits your needs, an with linux and bsd's you have more freedom

Sheri asks:
Ok lets say your a person that does alot of gaming.....what would need to be configured?

Geovolt replies:
Well its kind of hard to find off the shelf games for bsd's, but sometimes you can use a windows emulator like wine to install them and use it

Sheri asks:
What is an emulator?

Geovolt replies:
Like say wine, basically you can run some windows programs on other os's like bsd and linux

Sheri asks:
So what i am hearing is that an emulator is just another part of the windows programming that will let a person use certain software?

Geovolt replies:
Well its its mostly used in other os's, that can run windows programs

Sheri asks:
Wine is just a program that lets you use window based games or programs in another os such as linux or unix or bsd's?

Geovolt replies:
Yes

Sheri asks:
Correct me if i am wrong...i believe you are running linux...what do u see in bsd's that would make u want to change

Geovolt replies:
Yes actually freebsd is really leading the way in desktops because they are starting to be easier to configure and really coming along in wireless
if I could get it to play dvds, wireless and burnin software, I would consider it

Sheri asks:
So are u still working on that part or does it just not give u the option to do those things?

Geovolt replies:
It?s coming a long on it, by itself

Sheri asks:
So your still trying to figure out that part of freebsd?

Geovolt replies:
Yes, it can be done, just more or less relearning it myself

Sheri asks:
So all that is available thru freebsd and your just trying to relearn it all?

Geovolt replies:
Well a lot of it came back to me, but some stuff I am trying to figure out is like does it need repositories (that?s the main thing)

Sheri asks:
What do u mean by repositories?

Geovolt replies:
Well with linux you need something called repositories to (most of them are updates and bug fixes)

Sheri asks:
Would you recommend this to someone that is just setting up to use a computer for the first time or for them to get the jest of things with windows first?

Geovolt replies:
Well they are getting easier to set up, but it can most people are so use to windows and have trouble understanding the configuration process

Sheri asks:
So what I am hearing is that if your a person that has never used a computer that this would be a good one to start out on versus windows...since we all know windows is growing all the time and costing each time that Microsoft comes out with a new version of windows

Geovolt replies:
Yes. Especially with cost
and it has common bonds with linux

Sheri asks:
If you yourself could build a computer for a first time user...this is what u would try to convince them in using?

Geovolt replies:
Yes that or linux

Sheri asks:
Would a new user have to be taught to use it or is it pretty much self-explanatory

Geovolt replies:
Well to a point it would help to be taught some.
Especially if your a first time user

Sheri asks:
I must agree that most even now days with the new windows most need some kind of tutorial or lessons in the use of them.
Most windows newer versions all come with a tutorial....does freebsd do the same?

Geovolt replies:
No, but you can find tutorials and forums all over the net, which a few of them I visit regularly

Sheri asks:
so if a person is using a computer for the first time and has this as their os.....they will need lessons from a live person? as this type of person has never gotten on the net before and has to have that explained too.

Geovolt replies:
Well I need to make a correction, some with tutorials, but sometimes you can more detailed help from a forum and so on

Sheri says:
I see

Geovolt replies:
One thing I recommend is going the forums and so on, so you can have an idea on what your getting into

Sheri asks:
What else about freebsd do u like and would recommend about it for another user to try it out?

Geovolt replies:
Well its stability for one thing, plus being virus free and low security issues are just some of the reasons

Sheri asks:
But isn?t any os subject to getting virus's?

Geovolt replies:
yea but linux and bsd actually do it better then some os's

Sheri asks:
What do u mean by low security issues vs other os's

Geovolt replies:
At lot of os's have less security issues then some os's

Sheri says:
Explain please

Geovolt replies:
Some open source os's take care a lot of that right out of the box

Sheri asks:
Can anyone get this? Is it truly free or is there some kind of hidden costs?

Geovolt replies:
Some have free versions, like I use mandriva linux, there is a free version or a pay version, and with the pay version you get some more programs and some tutorials

Sheri asks:
So if I bought say a digital camera and it comes with the cd for that camera......will it work on these as well?

Geovolt replies:
Well with any os, you may have to find drivers and other software for it

Sheri asks:
But that leads back to configuring your hardware to these types of os's? Correct?

Geovolt replies:
Yes

Sheri asks:
If you could...what would u have your viewers know about bsd's more?

Geovolt replies:
BSD is another open source choice that is worth checking out.
That sometimes older hardware can be used by bsd too

Sheri asks:
So if you had an old dot matrix printer that is no longer supported by most windows unless u go back to 95se or older that these can support them?

Geovolt replies:
Some can, but on the same token newer hardware can be supported too

Sheri asks:
What do you find easier about these types of os's versus any of the windows products?

Geovolt replies:
That they can be easier to learn.
Because the gui is making it easier to get a base started

Sheri asks:
So what i am hearing is that windows has gotten so confusing but linux, unix, or bsd's kept it simple?

Geovolt replies:
Well all can be confusing sometimes, but once you get it configured most of the time its run and go

Sheri asks:
So does a person need to go to a techie to get it configured to what they want or is it simple enough for the most novice can figure it out themselves?

Geovolt replies:
The only thing that people may get confused on is the repositories.
Well the process isn't hard its just sometimes it can be a little hard to follow

Sheri asks:
So if there was a way to make it easier for a person how would u go about it?

Geovolt replies:
Well make the tutorials a little easier to follow.
That one is the big thing

Sheri asks:
ok last thing.....what sites do u recommend for more information about bsd's?

Geovolt replies:
http://www.bsdforums.org and even some linux forums like http://www.linuxquestions.org

Another site found for information:
http://www.bsd.org/


Sheri says:
Would like to thank Geovolt for his input about BSD?s, and any more questions you have for him, please feel free to reply right here to him.

1 Comments:

Blogger geovolt said...

Thanks Sys, for the help with the artical... :)

8:04 PM, December 20, 2006  

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