Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Apr 2006 16:19 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD After months and months of work, the PC-BSD team released v1.0 final. "PC-BSD software is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD 1.0 for x86 based processors. This first 'non-beta' release of PC-BSD ushers in a new era of stability and simplicity for desktop operating systems based on UNIX. Powered by the latest FreeBSD 6.0 and integrated with KDE 3.5.2, PC-BSD provides a solid server base, while being user-friendly enough to run as a primary desktop system." Changelog, release notes, and download, of course.
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I guess it's all about flavours. Both have their benefits I suppose. I haven't really tried Desktop BSD for a while but I have tried PCBSD and I love it.

I think at some point these two will merge (or I wouldn't be surprised if they will at least), but if there is room for 300 linux desktop distros I'm confident there is room for 2 BSD flavours for the desktop.

As usual, they seem to have 2 different approaches to 3rd party add-ons. PCBSD go for .pbi (which works brilliant) while Desktopbsd uses Ports.

There is becoming a bigger archive of .pbis as we speak but can't compete with the volume of ports at all. Luckily on PCBSD you can use ports but with a little more hazzle. Obviously it's logical for these 2 to merge, .pbi for "native" (ehrm or what you wanna call it) DesktopBSD could move their ports system to PCBSD for seminative but easier install than traditional Portinstalls.

My view on all this is simply that I figure that PCBSD has started later but accomplished a lot more in less time. Therefor I'd recommend you to go with that for now (unless something happens).

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