Linked by David Adams on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 16:41 UTC, submitted by vermaden
PC-BSD Some highlights: PC-BSD 9 supports multiple DEs (GNOME2/XFCE4/LXDE) instead of being KDE4 only desktop, new revised PBI system that allows sharing of files and libraries between applications for reduced disk space, new AppCafe to allow easy browsing, installing and managing applications in PC-BSD system. Also the PC-BSD Control Panel has and one-stop access to a variety of system-configuration options.
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Other Features
by brewmastre on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 18:46 UTC
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2006-08-01

Also includes:
1) The complete inability to boot the "Full" USB image
2) Incredibly weak wifi signal
3) 100% guarantee to freeze during suspend/wake cycle

<sigh>
I keep hoping that every release of PC-BSD will be "the one" but every time I end up wasting hours installing and testing to find out it's completely unusable.

Am I the only one, or are my experiences more the norm than the exception?

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RE: Other Features
by Luminair on Thu 4th Aug 2011 02:03 UTC in reply to "Other Features"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

So what you're saying is FreeBSD hardware support is a decade or two behind Linux?

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RE: Other Features
by vermaden on Thu 4th Aug 2011 05:39 UTC in reply to "Other Features"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

Have You submitted appreciate BUG reports about these problems?

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RE: Other Features
by marcp on Thu 4th Aug 2011 09:01 UTC in reply to "Other Features"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

It depends on what it is compared to. It evolves, just like a living being, with quality in mind.
Some other OSs may get a fast revolutions with support, that is - unfortunately - crappy.
So I'd suggest to compare - say - MacOSX and Linux state od developmnet in - for example - 1998. Linux was in the black hole of unusability then. Now it seems to have a little more, but it doesn't mean it's better from anything else. It all depends on how you see things and what are you treasuring most.

Edited 2011-08-04 09:02 UTC

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RE: Other Features
by SnelHest on Thu 4th Aug 2011 13:56 UTC in reply to "Other Features"
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2011-08-04

Can I persuade you to submit a bug report when you have the free time?
I'm very interested in the development of PC-BSD and FreeBSD and submitting these kind of bug reports helps quite a bit.

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RE: Other Features
by allanregistos on Fri 5th Aug 2011 06:43 UTC in reply to "Other Features"
allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

Also includes:
1) The complete inability to boot the "Full" USB image
2) Incredibly weak wifi signal
3) 100% guarantee to freeze during suspend/wake cycle


I keep hoping that every release of PC-BSD will be "the one" but every time I end up wasting hours installing and testing to find out it's completely unusable.

Am I the only one, or are my experiences more the norm than the exception?


This is not the fault of PC-BSD, as with Linux, most hardware manufacturers do not provide drivers (close or open), all they do is release drivers for Windows and to a lesser extent Apple's OSx.

So if you want to install PC-BSD, so that you can safely suspend your PC, then use Windows or Mac instead.

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Love PC-BSD
by poundsmack on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 22:37 UTC
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2005-07-13

The 7 and 8 stable releases worked great for me. Looking forward to 9 being released as stable to give iit a go.

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I've used the Beta a bit
by jquid on Fri 5th Aug 2011 03:31 UTC
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2011-08-05

I've been playing a bit with the Beta mostly for fun / hobby so I haven't been much into media and HW testing. Not a techie here. Just like FreeBSD. Anyways....

The main nicety with this release, I think is going to be the new installer. They added some other Window managers to the installer. I chose Enlightenment and XFCE as window managers. It didn't ask me the default I've yet to be able to find a way in the GUI to change to Enlightenment - guess config file always works. It also provide the option to format a ZFS partition which I don't think prev version offered.

I'd like for it to boot faster too. I installed it for kicks on an SSD drive and Windows boots much faster than does this version of PC BSD.

I'm not much of an Xorg/'X' expert so I was pleased that the RadeonHD driver worked with a click of a button for my 3850 card.

The main deficit to the mom/pop end-user is that the App-Cafe (which is more a one-click graphic app installer using I think PBIs) only has a dozen or so apps in it. You can probably use command line ports to take of the deficit. I'm sure its only because its in beta now and they'll have a ton more in the App-Cafe soon.

This is shaping up to be a nice OS. I've been following the interviews on http://bsdtalk.blogspot.com/ (I'm not associated with them in any way) and there's a lot of behind-the-scenes things they've been making. Its mostly going into the PBIs, latest updates from the FreeBSD and adding some major updgrades to the OS installation.

I really think it will be a great release.

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Just a question
by vitae on Fri 5th Aug 2011 19:48 UTC
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2006-02-20

Did anybody else have problems with flash videos freezing up the entire computer in 8.2? Is this something that a bug report should be submitted for?

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