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  • I'm surprised you found the installation so bad. It's not graphical or anything, but frankly, I found it to be very simple and straightforward (you want a bad installer try NetBSD!). Did you do a standard install or jump to expert? Not that I'm a freebsd guru or anything, but standard installs have always worked well for me.

    Keep playing with the ports system. I was a skeptic at first, and they are a strong reason that I stay with FreeBSD now. They make life SO easy for me.

    Good luck! :)
    • Did you do a standard install or jump to expert?

      To tell you the truth, I don't remember. All I remember is a lot of manual tweaking, and the FreeBSD expert going "hmmm..." a lot. It took a long time to get it going (a couple hours iirc).

    • What sucks about the NetBSD installer?
      I've run into the occasional bug, but they were usually
      just polish issues.
  • Maybe it's just the way my brain works, but I like the ports system much more than Debian's apt and friends (never could find an intuitive way to navigate) or Redhat's rats-nest of RPMs. I'm especially fond of having pkg-descr and pkg-plist as text files sitting on my file system.

    There are drawbacks, of course. Every few months there's a new case of "you must upgrade these ports in exactly the right order, or everything goes boom." Gnome, mostly. And I was less fond of ports a few CPU generations back.