I have replaced all my computers at home with TrueOS. My 7 year old’s laptop is a TrueOS machine, pretty much functional for him, but he has trouble with some stuff.
I tried putting a VM because he’s getting more advance, and certain things don’t work in TrueOS. Scratch didn’t work on TrueOS I suspect it’s because it requires flash player (Not TrueOS’s fault). Tynker didn’t work on there, Lego Mindstorms didn’t work on there, and that is also not TrueOS’s fault. I tried installing a (learn multiplication) game with PlayOnBSD since the VM wouldn’t install and that did not work ( I later found out it’s related to the video driver). I had to use a separate computer that did install on PlayOnBSD (and the video card was supported). I ended up having to dualboot his laptop with Windows8.1
I don’t like Microsoft, and I can do without. My child can’t, he needs to be able to run programs and 99% of the programs run in Windows. It’s terrible and insecure, but developers never want to write programs for the nerds using FreeBSD. In fact it wasn’t until Kris Moore had the novel idea of bringing it to less technically inclined people (still requires some degree of technical skill though) that some of us, (like me for example) were able to use it. It’s far easier than running Vanilla FreeBSD, but more complicated than running Windows.
Security feautures are nice, and that is what attracts most of us to any of the *BSD’s or derivatives like TrueOS. I’m sure both my 7 year old child, and your parents don’t care about “Security.”
You want something that just works without intervention out of the box and 99% of everything will work on? Go with Windows.
You want Security and reliability, Lumina, AutoFS, and SysAdm?.. Stick with TrueOS, it comes at a cost. You have to have at least a little technical experience, you will have to look for alternatives because nobody really cares about the “nerds in their basement” using *BSD
I’m still looking for alternatives to those4 things if anyone has any suggestions.
- Timez Attack (multiplication game)
- Lego mindstorms
When I said “Developers” I meant the developers that only write/test their software on Windows and say it’s good.
I did not mean people Like Ken Moore, which wrote the very first BSD Desktop environment from the ground up, because it didn’t exist. We were mostly borrowing from Linux, and Ken did the BSD community a huge service by writing the first DE on for and by BSD people.
Poul Henning Kamp
Theo De Raadt
This are all awesome developers. I was going to throw in Dru Lavigne, and Micheal Lucas’s name in there, but I don’t think they are developers. Still huge pillars of the BSD community though.