Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Oct 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD After the flood of Fedora Core 6 and Ubuntu 6.10 reviews, here is a review of PC-BSD 1.3 Beta. "PC-BSD has improved quite a bit and the use of its open-source PBI packaging system is a great idea. Although it obviously means there might be a minor delay in newly released products being ported over to the PBI package system, novice users will rejoice because the wait is well worth it. PC-BSD is a well oiled machine with its quick response times, even if you don't have that much memory in your system. Its implementation of a clean interface is welcomed by me and not having a 3D enabled desktop is not something I really would worry about unless you are an eye-candy lover."
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PC-BSD, PBI, etc
by animus on Tue 31st Oct 2006 04:14 UTC
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2005-11-29

I haven't used PC-BSD since the 1.1 release. I wasn't so keen on that release because: a) there was less software to choose from; b) many of the PBIs on pbidir.com were flaky (the gimp one with no jpeg support, or the screwy xmms one with no mp3 support); and c) the system seemed to do things a lot slower than a regular FreeBSD installation (eg: playing video resulted in more frames dropped -- vs vanilla FreeBSD + gnome).

However, I'm imagining some of these things have been fixed since then, and the general idea of the distro is probably pretty good for your average windows user that isn't used to Unixy stuff.

The PBI system for packaging is okay for what they're trying to do. I still prefer the centralized FreeBSD packaging system as the quality and selection is still a bit better. At the moment there isn't really any solution to great packaging systems. Yeah, we can talk about how great the debian/ubuntu system is, but last time I upgraded my ubuntu system (which was a year or so ago) a bunch of random things broke (like sound in xmms)... which is what lead to me installing PC-BSD in the first place.

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