Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Jan 2008 10:19 UTC, submitted by Oliver
FreeBSD DesktopBSD 1.6 has been released. These are the most notable features introduced: "FreeBSD 6 as a modern and reliable base system. X.Org release 7.3, improving support for modern graphics hardware. Live CD/DVD feature for testing the system without installation to a hard-drive. Revised installer supporting upgrades from 1.0 and previous 1.6 release candidates. Improved package manager usability and performance. Many enhancements and bugfixes for the DesktopBSD tools. Support for multiple processors and multi-core CPUs. Inclusion of the NVIDIA graphics driver for hardware 3D rendering. DesktopBSD build servers as an up-to-date source for precompiled packages" Download.
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release?
by antik on Wed 9th Jan 2008 10:27 UTC
antik
Member since:
2006-05-19

Download page shows "DesktopBSD 1.6 Release Candidate 3". Where is correct link?

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RE: release?
by Oliver on Wed 9th Jan 2008 10:44 UTC in reply to "release?"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

No sorry, this is the correct url for download :

http://desktopbsd.net/index.php?id=89

I'm just to hasty, but DesktopBSD itself is thoroughly tested ;-)

Edited 2008-01-09 10:51 UTC

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Cool project
by dimosd on Wed 9th Jan 2008 11:29 UTC
dimosd
Member since:
2006-02-10

I'm looking for 100% FreeBSD compatibility. I'll check out this version soon.

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RE: Cool project
by Oliver on Wed 9th Jan 2008 11:38 UTC in reply to "Cool project"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

It's just FreeBSD with a ready to go configuration and some utilities on top of FreeBSD tools. So nothing to worry about.

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RE: Cool project
by sonic2000gr on Wed 9th Jan 2008 14:39 UTC in reply to "Cool project"
sonic2000gr Member since:
2007-05-20

I happen to have tested 1.6-RC1 and really liked it.
I am using FreeBSD a lot, both as a server and also as a desktop, and DesktopBSD is practically FreeBSD+GUI in a quick easy install. Mostly for the times when you need a FreeBSD desktop as fast as possible. The graphics tools for ports and packages are very good as well.
In their site there is also some useful documentation and a wiki. In fact I used the instructions to install and configure CUPS from ports. It all worked out nicely.
Since the base system is FreeBSD you will be able to easily upgrade it (with freebsd-update) to 6.3-RELEASE when time comes. (1.6-RC1 was based on 6.2-STABLE and I moved it to 6.3-RC1 without trouble)
All in all I had a very positive experience with DesktopBSD.

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Installing it tonight
by TaterSalad on Wed 9th Jan 2008 15:23 UTC
TaterSalad
Member since:
2005-07-06

Sweet! This is going to be installed on my laptop tonight. As long as they keep knetwalk in there I'm a happy spud!

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Excellent
by tonywob on Wed 9th Jan 2008 18:56 UTC
tonywob
Member since:
2005-07-06

Excellent, look forward to trying it. This should be a good year for this project, looking forward to running KDE 4 on a shiny FreeBSD 7 system ;)

Edited 2008-01-09 18:57 UTC

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Excellent news
by JPisini on Thu 10th Jan 2008 03:30 UTC
JPisini
Member since:
2006-01-24

I have been running one of the weekly snapshots for a while now and it is just rock solid. A thank you from me to the developers.

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