>Almost all open source user applications that work on linux , will work on the BSD and other unices, as long as its not too low level, it will work.
The lack of something like Alsa or V4L (you see this problem in Voip/Webcam applications e.g.) is something too to consider.
>Wine/Cedega interacts with the kernel, which makes porting less trivial.
I don't see any kernel interface, if you look at the MLs it's probably a problem with the threads. Less trivial? Look at the mailinglists, they just don't care.
Don't get me wrong, I don't wan't to kill FreeBSD or flame it, burn it, whatever. I'm criticising this stubborn attitude in the community "oh it's all well, look here, look there" - it's crap. There are indeed problems, I see the problems in every day work with DesktopBSD or PCBSD. You cannot tell people such a crap, because it lacks every bit of reality for them.
If you tell someone in BSD something like this, you will hear something too ...
-I don't need webcams
-I don't need office
-I don't need games
-I don't need driver xyz because I don't like it
-I don't need Flash because it's crap
and so on. That's a very personal attidue which doesn't help FreeBSD at all! I have my office, I have my drivers and so on, but I'm not egoistic!
This "I don't care" attitude will be the doom (sort of) of *BSD. Yes the well-known joke "BSD is dying" - it isn't a joke anymore. BSD has been developed in a time without any "multimedia", "games" or big office mumbo jumbo - but we're living in 2007! It's not 1985 anymore or flower power time back in 1968. With this attitude you can kill off any new user ... therefore nothing happens in *BSD toward the average user. And remember, I tell you this, I'm discussing this because I care. I'm conviced of this superior operating system, but it doesn't fit for most of the beginners, apart from nerds, some computer science students and administrators.
If you have a look,
this is my weblog, okay it's in German but you see lot of FreeBSD entries in it. I'm an avid user of this nice operating system, but I'm not blind.
Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. --Pericles