Is any BSD based system worth using as a personal system?

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    I just tried the most popular one, FreeBSD. The image has the option to run live, and you get... a command line prompt. No GUI. Doesn't find "xserver" or anything like that.

    Having to install the shit just to find out whether the hardware is supported is ridiculous in 2020. That's where Linux was in the 90s. The website claims it's also for desktop usage. No, it isn't, and I don't even want to think how much hassle it would be to get anything useful running, such as a browser that isn't Lynx.

    There's a reason why FreeBSD devs actually use Macs themselves, and that's because it isn't suited for desktop usage.
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    Next, FuryBSD which is supposedly for desktop. Went with the XFCE edition. After a loooong boot from USB, much slower than any Linux distro, there is a GUI desktop!

    However, the screen resolution is 1024x768 because unlike various Linux distros, it doesn't recognise the monitor resolution. What's worse, the "default" profile can't be edited. I can create a new profile, but that doesn't appear in the list.

    Oh, and configuring Xorg only offers two options, Intel and Nvidia. On a PC that only has AMD graphics. Great.

    In short: this is either completely untested beta software, or it's generally immature because even basics are lacking.
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    @Fast-Nop you seem to have quite the impressive experience with BSD based systems, if that’s the case do you have thoughts on OpenBSD? That’s one I gave a try in a vm once and it didn’t seem that bad
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    @Bubbles I tried, installed i3, polybar does not support i3
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    @Bubbles I just tried to run those two BSDs live from USB stick, which is about the easiest thing possible. Since they already fail at that, I conclude that they aren't suited for desktop use.

    OpenBSD has even less software than FreeBSD so that it's even less suited for desktop. What OpenBSD does bring to the table is better code quality and security, which makes it relevant for (headless) servers.
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    @Fast-Nop thats interesting
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    Depends what you are trying to achieve in your freetime for personal research yeah sure why not
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    Ask any Mac user ;)

    Outside of MacOS though, the realistic answer is "no".
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