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I like PC-BSD to give it to other people who want to have an operating system on their computer (instead of a replacement made by MICROS~1). PC-BSD does a good job, but lacks a few applications that really rue, e. g. the Midnight Commander or X-Chat. The german internationalization could be much better as well, but other ways than the seldom used GETTEXT don't be in the focus of the PC-BSD developers.
The GUI doesn't look good. It looks too much like... you know what it looks like. Why has everythink to look this way? Looking childish, playful...
And - by default - some strange TCP and UDP ports seem to be open. I could state this as I had a PC-BSD machine on the network here at work. That should NOT be the default behaviour. This could be a security risk...
The PBI package system is quite cool and makes it easy to install applications. Because it's a FreeBSD, you can use the "old fashioned" ways of installing applications as well, make install, pkg_add and portinstall. You have the strong features of BSD plus the easy tools for administration. This composition is great.
Finally, I have to admit, thatt I prefer a "real handmade" FreeBSD installation with WindowMaker. :-) Edited 2006-10-19 19:34