[ntp:questions] Monitoring FreeBSD temperatures remotely

Rob nomail at example.com
Tue Apr 13 16:03:55 UTC 2010

David J Taylor <david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
>> It took a couple of days just to get FreeBSD V8.0 installed correctly in
>> the first place.  One false move (hair trigger enter key) and it's
>> "start over" time.  (OK, so there are probably ways to backtrack, but
>> like many things, it's just not documented.)
> Agreed.  I experimented using a VMware virtual machine under Windows to 
> get a basic familiarity with the install process.  There also appear to be 
> inconsistencies with the use of the Space key, and the Enter key, so you 
> suddenly get sent back to a previous menu.  On the other hand, the 
> automatic disk partitioning and configuration are most welcome. 
> Installing over the network failed as my built-in network port wasn't 
> recognised.

It probably uses Emacs-style key bindings.  That can be very frustrated
for users that are not familiar with Emacs.  I remember trying to install
some Linux distribution, I think it was debian, and giving up after
a while for the same reason.
There is a Gnu program called "info" that is promoted as a replacement
for "man" which has the same problem.  Impossible to use.

When you want a Unix-like system which has a bit more userfriendly system
administration it may be better to go for Linux.  Many distributions
have come a long way in the system installation and administration corner,
they arguably are better than Windows today.

(many Windows users who install Linux and complain about the complexity
of the installation actually have not installed Windows, it came installed
on their computer)

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