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Re: Cheap PC distro's
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Cheap PC distro's
- From: Ben Goren <ben_(_at_)_trumpetpower_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 11:02:16 -0700
On Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 10:24:23AM -0600, Mike Shaw wrote:
> I'm thinking of buying one of these as a Christmas gift for my
> little munchkin:
> Since this hardware is a known quanity, it'd be interesting to
> cobble together a consumer grade BSD distro with all the goodies
> enabled (provided it will run on this toaster). Do any of you
> folks that routinely set up OpenBSD desktops for average users
> have raw material of this nature?
There are a few stumbling blocks. The biggest, right now, is
OpenOffice. The situation with Mozilla is less than ideal (though
I've been using it with neither crash nor complaint for a few
weeks, now), too.
Those are just a couple symptoms of a bigger problem, though.
There's a heck of a lot of consumer software written for
Windows--and yes, I, the anti-consumer, do mean ``consumer
software.'' There's comparatively very little written for Linux. A
subset of that runs on OpenBSD. You could easily teach your
grandmother to install a package (or write a GUI program to let
her do it herself), but she's not going to be able to look through
Tucows for her favorite bridge game and just install it.
And, there's the whole question of system management. I shudder at
the thought of managing anything other than OpenBSD, but I
wouldn't even dream of trying to get Grandma to, for example, set
up a PPP connection. The popular Linux distributions have done a
great job at creating GUIs that work reasonably well for that kind
Personally, I think OpenBSD would make a wonderful foundation for
a consumer-oriented system, but you'd have an awful lot of work to
get it right.
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