Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:14 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD "iXsystems, an enterprise-class hardware solution provider, announced today its acquisition of PC-BSD, a rock solid UNIX operating system based on FreeBSD. PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system running FreeBSD version 6, with a KDE desktop interface and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed exclusively for PC-BSD, lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting and installing format. iXsystems' acquisition of PC-BSD will provide funding to the PC-BSD project to increase distribution of PC-BSD and develop future versions of PC-BSD. Development is currently underway for a version of PC-BSD that will allow for easy installation and operation on servers, workstations, and laptops."
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RE[2]: PBI just isn't right
by Almindor on Tue 10th Oct 2006 21:18 UTC in reply to "RE: PBI just isn't right"
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2006-01-16

Problem is that FreeBSD has very few system level libs you can depend on that ARE there. Ofcourse PCBSD "fixed" this by adding a few common desktop ones. But they don't include eg: libgtk1.2 (xmms anyone?) so a RAD IDE which uses it for example won't be able to make proper working binaries on PC-BSD unless you bundle them in a PBI and install first...

and the problem is not in the IDE, it's a design issue.

As for stability, that's not exactly true. It's more stable in that it won't eg: stop working altogether if you use old libs all the time. But it's less secure and less "stable" if the old libs have bugs and newer ones have them fixed.

Double sided sword.

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