Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jun 2009 11:45 UTC, submitted by chuck
BSD and Darwin derivatives It seems like the DesktopBSD project's future is at stake due to a lack developers and time. "Hello everyone, sorry for not keeping in touch with you guys for quite a while," main developer Peter Hofer writes, "Truth is, I find myself having less and less time for DesktopBSD these days. In addition, my interests have shifted quite a bit since I started working on it in 2004 (thinking of it, that's almost 5 years ago now...). As a result, I don't really feel that I can make DesktopBSD progress steadily and significantly on my own. Unfortunately, there are no other active developers nor does it seem like there are any who would be interested in contributing." While the project is not dead yet, there will be no major changes or bugfixes for the upcoming 1.7 release, and it could very well be the project's last release.
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Sorry to hear this
by JPisini on Mon 8th Jun 2009 11:48 UTC
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I have used Desktop BSD in the past and it has always been a solid solution. Wish you the best in whatever you decide to do.

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Kids, just don't rely on 1-man projects.
by kragil on Mon 8th Jun 2009 12:17 UTC
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You never know whether they will turn evil, crazy, lazy, broke, sick or just disappear.

Always use stuff with active communities (if you can).

Same for Linux distros. A one man distros cannot compete.

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If it's for a hobby, that's ok. I mean, if you use DesktopBSD at home, and if it's not maintained anymore, you can switch to FreeBSD, PC-BSD or even to Linux or other *BSD distro. They're all similar and sometimes compatible.

But since the very beginning when DesktopBSD was launched with PC-BSD being a strong competitor, I always felt discourage on the DesktopBSD forum somehow. I'm amazed it has survived that long, truely. Who's next? ;)

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dagw Member since:

That's what so great about projects based on Open Source components, you're almost never relying on just one vendor. I haven't looked into it, but I doubt migrating from DesktopBSD to some other FreeBSD based distro is all that hard. Certainly easier than migrating to a completely different OS.

Same with Linux, if your favorite one man distro goes under you can often trivially move to another distro with minimal effort. And it's even easier if your favourite one man distro is based on a larger distro like Debian or Fedora.

So while there are certainly wisdom in your statement it seems somewhat overstated. The important thing is to keep a migration path open. If you do that then use the software that works best for you no matter how small it might be.

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Greuceanu Member since:

We still have a pretty decent Slackware, though...

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sbergman27 Member since:

We still have a pretty decent Slackware, though...

For the moment.

I recall that a while back Patrick was doctor shopping, ignoring their advice, and posting to Slashdot or some such for medical advice regarding a serious long-term illness he had or thought he had, possibly involving an electric toothbrush.

Edited 2009-06-09 03:24 UTC

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Merging with...
by fithisux on Mon 8th Jun 2009 14:15 UTC
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MidnightBSD could be a solution.

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Sad news
by kenji on Mon 8th Jun 2009 15:14 UTC
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DesktopBSD was my set of training wheels for learning FreeBSD. It really was a great packaging of FreeBSD. Of course since it IS FreeBSD, existing users could just keep plugging along with that, if they want to dive in deeper.

Farewell Peter and DBSD...

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Not that bad
by KAMiKAZOW on Mon 8th Jun 2009 19:17 UTC
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PC-BSD is pretty much the same as DesktopBSD. Both use an unmodified FreeBSD base, add Qt-based tools on it and ship with KDE as default desktop.
Switching to PC-BSD shouldn't be hard at all.

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Comment by joekiser
by joekiser on Tue 9th Jun 2009 00:01 UTC
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I figured this was coming last week when I was reading the message boards. It's a shame, but I can't really see the need anymore when we have PC-BSD essentially doing the same thing. With NetBSD going the Gnome route, perhaps the next user-friendly BSD should cater to XFCE users?

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