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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • On a side note, I did not choose FreeBSD, and so far I completely hate it.
    You may think that FreeBSD sucks, and you may hate it, but the two are not totally unrelated.

    Many moons ago, I was the raving Unix bigot in a Windows shop. A half dozen of the programmers were switching to IBM's newly-released OS/2 Warp, and they were loving it: memory protection, multiple DOS sessions, Windows emulation, the works.

    I decided to give it a try, and boy did it suck. It was annoyingly slower than Windows for the work I was doing at the time, it was ugly to look at, bloated, and didn't support my hardware.

    Around that time, I divined what was going on. The 20-odd floppy disks needed to bootstrap OS/2 to the point where it could read the install CDs included a very crafty piece of AI for the early 1990s: if you were predisposed to liking OS/2, everything went flawlessly, and your experience was quick and painless. However, if you disliked IBM, OS/2 or any other IBM product for that matter, the little AI in the installer would detect it and make the installation and use of OS/2 a living nightmare.

    From your experience, I can only presume that IBM has open sourced its user-satisfaction AI and donated parts of it to the FreeBSD project. Once you stop hating FreeBSD and just turn the love up to 11, you'll find it doesn't suck nearly as much. ;-)