Debian vs NetBSD.

Graham Todd grahamtodd2 at
Sun Jan 10 16:23:01 UTC 2010

On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:16:54 +0100
Gilles Gravier <ggravier at> uttered these words:

> It's not the simplest OS to use (in particular because by default it
> boots in text mode and you THEN have to install GNOME... :)
> But if you want raw performance on smaller hardware... that's what
> you want.
> If you want the full comfort of Windows without the hassle of bugs,
> hands, viruses, and Microsoft, then you go for Ubuntu.

I don't wish to hijack the thread, but as it deals with one of the BSD
family, I'll hope you'll allow a comment.

There are a notable few OS based on FreeBSD and not NetBSD (such as
PC-BSD which runs as a liveDVD and puts you straight into KDE 4.3.4 -
although you can install Gnome manually if you want).

As Gilles has observed, NetBSD is not the easiest OS to use, nor is it
the easiest BSD to use, but if you like KDE, then PC-BSD is a good
alternative to Debian with KDE.....and because it pursues the goals of
stability, speed, and power may even be a better choice than Kubuntu.

Graham Todd

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