Linked by David Adams on Wed 21st Jul 2010 17:49 UTC, submitted by JRepin
PC-BSD The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.1 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE, and KDE 4.4.5. Version 8.1 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. Version 8.1 of PC-BSD is available for download from mirrors, as well as via torrent.
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nice
by poundsmack on Wed 21st Jul 2010 19:38 UTC
poundsmack
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2005-07-13

I have nothing but good things to say about PC-BSD. This is a distro that really works for me and is simple to use for anyone, even new crossovers to KDE. Great job all around.

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RE: nice
by cmost on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 00:16 UTC in reply to "nice"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

I have nothing but good things to say about PC-BSD. This is a distro that really works for me and is simple to use for anyone, even new crossovers to KDE. Great job all around.


Not to nitpick but PC-BSD is not a "distribution" per se, but rather an interpretation of FreeBSD. :-) I do agree with you, however, that PC-BSD is one of the best operating systems out there, for beginners to UNIX to sysadmins alike. If VirtualBox support were on par with Linux systems, I might be persuaded to switch to PC-BSD myself.

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v RE[2]: nice
by marcp on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 08:02 UTC in reply to "RE: nice"
RE[3]: nice
by Laurence on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 15:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: nice"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

KDE is definitely not in taste of someone, who likes order, clean and leightweight env [which is - of course - most of sysadmins ].


Oh I disagree. I run KDE on my main machine and absolutely love it.

Sure, my other systems run DWM, XFCE or competely headless (depending on their individual role). But for general computing I find KDE very effective for productivity.

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RE[4]: nice
by rycamor on Fri 23rd Jul 2010 01:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: nice"
rycamor Member since:
2005-07-18

Even though I prefer WindowMaker for my desktop, I still must have the KDE software installed. There are just too many nice tools: Kate, Kompare, Konsole, Umbrello, Konqueror, and the best of all is the integrated remote login management, so you can browse, edit, and save files locally or via SFTP/FTP/Samba/NFS without even thinking about it. No other desktop suite offers anything remotely as flexible.

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RE[5]: nice
by WereCatf on Sat 24th Jul 2010 15:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: nice"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

so you can browse, edit, and save files locally or via SFTP/FTP/Samba/NFS without even thinking about it. No other desktop suite offers anything remotely as flexible.

Actually, atleast GNOME does.

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RE[6]: nice
by rycamor on Sun 25th Jul 2010 19:03 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: nice"
rycamor Member since:
2005-07-18

Last time I tried this on Gnome (about 9 months ago) it was nowhere near as seamless as on KDE. For one thing, it required some VFS setup work, whereas on KDE you just go to File->Open from any KDE app without preamble, and you can access any supported network type.

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RE[2]: nice
by phoenix on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 16:34 UTC in reply to "RE: nice"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

"I have nothing but good things to say about PC-BSD. This is a distro that really works for me and is simple to use for anyone, even new crossovers to KDE. Great job all around.


Not to nitpick but PC-BSD is not a "distribution" per se, but rather an interpretation of FreeBSD.
"

Sorry to nitpick, but you are wrong. ;) PC-BSD is a distribution of FreeBSD. They take FreeBSD, they modify some stuff, they add some stuff, they remove some stuff, they add a nice KDE GUI wrapper over it all, and add their PBI stuff.

The FreeBSD community at large calls PC-BSD a distribution of FBSD.

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On another note FBSD 8.1 is out on FTPs ...
by joshuah on Wed 21st Jul 2010 19:52 UTC
joshuah
Member since:
2007-06-01

dunno why it isn't announced officially yet...

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

dunno why it isn't announced officially yet...


Because they want to make sure that the ISOs, the source, etc are spread out on all the mirrors before unleashing the masses on their servers. It's the same process that's been in place for a decade (complete release, push to mirrors, wait, announce release).

Absolutely amazing how this comes up for every single release.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

And now it's been announced, and available for download:
http://www.freebsd.org

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Not having the time or energy
by mpxlbs on Wed 21st Jul 2010 20:07 UTC
mpxlbs
Member since:
2009-01-25

to get myself into BSD like alot of others, I have just got one thing to say...
Thank you for paving my way into the BSD world in an easy way.
I don't think I would have ever explored BSD if it wasn't for PC-BSD.


Sorry for my bad english.

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RE: Not having the time or energy
by marcp on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 08:03 UTC in reply to "Not having the time or energy"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

It's ok, but I'm not quite sure that you can know BSD better when actually sitting in a comfortable GUI all the time ;) On top of it it just looks like a regular Linux desktop. The real order lies beneath the surface.

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MacBook
by brejoc on Wed 21st Jul 2010 20:40 UTC
brejoc
Member since:
2010-07-21

Someone installed PC-BSD on a MacBook or MacBook Pro? Would be good to know if it would make a proper replacement for OS X.

Bye brejoc

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RE: MacBook
by bombuzal on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 02:08 UTC in reply to "MacBook"
bombuzal Member since:
2010-07-22

Assuming the base and kernel is left untouched (from FreeBSD), it's likely you will have problems with PC-BSD... The 7.x series has an issue with Apple USB keyboards (on macbooks at least) and 8.0, 8.1-RC2 as well as 9.0-CURRENT will not boot; failing on an ACPI error (disabling ACPI at the loader presents a different boot problem).

I'm still waiting for a realistic solution on http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=12289&page=1 if you'd like to be kept up-to-date on the issue.

(I have a macbook 6,1)

Edited 2010-07-22 02:12 UTC

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RE[2]: MacBook
by brejoc on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 06:28 UTC in reply to "RE: MacBook"
brejoc Member since:
2010-07-21

Hi bombuzal,

good to know. I will check if the issue with the installer will also appear on a MB2,2.

Bye brejoc

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RE[3]: MacBook
by marcp on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 08:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: MacBook"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

I suggest you to try with some FreeBSD livecd [which is quite hard to spot these days. It is actually easier to spot OpenBSD livecd, which is quite extraordinary ;) ].
My bet would be Frenzy of mfs_bsd.
Wish you luck!

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RE[4]: MacBook
by Doc Pain on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 16:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: MacBook"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

I suggest you to try with some FreeBSD livecd [which is quite hard to spot these days. It is actually easier to spot OpenBSD livecd, which is quite extraordinary ;) ].


Check out FreeSBIE, as far as I know, there's no recent version of it (FreeBSD 5 and 6 versions are available).

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RE[5]: MacBook
by phoenix on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 16:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: MacBook"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Frenzy 1.2, based on FreeBSD 8.0, is available. No GUI (it's an admin rescue CD afterall), but it is very useful for testing if a system will boot/work with FreeBSD. And for rescuing systems that won't boot off the harddrive (or for imaging systems, or ...). ;)

http://frenzy.org.ua/eng/

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RE: MacBook
by vermaden on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 05:25 UTC in reply to "MacBook"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

I did not installed it on *mac*, but check these:
http://wiki.freebsd.org/AppleMacbook
http://wiki.freebsd.org/IntelMacMini

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RE[2]: MacBook
by brejoc on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 06:29 UTC in reply to "RE: MacBook"
brejoc Member since:
2010-07-21

Hi vermaden,

thanks for the links. Apparently a MacMini would be a much better choice.

Bye brejoc

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Haven't tried it in a while
by TaterSalad on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 15:30 UTC
TaterSalad
Member since:
2005-07-06

I can't remember the last version of PC-BSD I've tried, maybe 6.x? I'm going to download and install it tonight. Just read that it does in fact support my wireless card on my laptop (B43 in linux) so that is all the more reason for me to try it. Just need to check to see if it supports my soundcard of which I don't remember the model, and NTFS. Then I'd be all set.

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RE: Haven't tried it in a while
by phoenix on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 16:39 UTC in reply to "Haven't tried it in a while"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

FreeBSD includes read-only support for NTFS.

ntfs-3g is available in the ports tree, which enables read-write support for NTFS. This is the same NTFS support as in Linux.

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RE: Haven't tried it in a while
by sj87 on Sat 24th Jul 2010 03:57 UTC in reply to "Haven't tried it in a while"
sj87 Member since:
2007-12-16

I can't remember the last version of PC-BSD I've tried, maybe 6.x? I'm going to download and install it tonight. Just read that it does in fact support my wireless card on my laptop (B43 in linux) so that is all the more reason for me to try it.


It has a driver equivalent for B43, yes, but for me the 8.0 release didn't work with it. I got the WLAN card up and running but soon my logs would fill with error messages and the network connection would be cut for random periods of time and randomly throughout the day. That's why I had to move my wireless server away from FreeBSD to Linux. Haven't tried 8.1 yet.

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purplemecha
Member since:
2010-05-27

Years ago I tried PC-BSD because it seemed really cool. The installer was way more advanced and far easier than Ubuntu's installer, even now. I always wanted it to work and this was back when I was considering a move to the BSD's. But with PC-BSD there was always the problem of the password. I would enter a tough password consisting of letters, numbers and special characters and I would use around 18 to 20 characters. Then once I made it to the login screen the password would never be accepted. Even if that was no longer the case I would never leave Ubuntu nowadays.

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12gb
by yoshi314@gmail.com on Sun 25th Jul 2010 12:59 UTC
yoshi314@gmail.com
Member since:
2009-12-14

can anybody explain why is it impossible to install this thing on smaller setup than 12gb?

what exactly does take so much space?

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