Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jan 2007 14:57 UTC, submitted by iangibson
PC-BSD PC-BSD 1.3 was released on New Year's Eve. Dru Lavigne interviewed Kris Moore, Andrei Kolu, and Charles Landemaine of the PC-BSD release engineering team regarding the new release and their involvement within the PC-BSD community.
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the worst of both worlds
by unclefester on Fri 26th Jan 2007 17:07 UTC
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2007-01-13

I have spent the last week grappling with PC-BSD and found it a huge disappointment. The promise of a simple Freebsd install and self installing binaries seemed like a dream. I have now erased it and reinstalled UBuntu Edgy.

PC-BSD installs effortlessly and has great hardware detection. The only problem is that you have a very limited base system with no real options.

The PBI store is basically empty. About a dozen essential applications (mostly out of date) and a few knicknacks - this compares with the 16,000 ports available. Sure the PBIs install with a simple click. The only problem is the PBI applications don't really work properly after installation. The system is stable but the applications crash constantly. The uninstaller frequently fails to remove installed PBIs.

Don't bother trying to use the ports system. It simply won't co-exist with the PBI system. The Kports graphical port manager quits constantly. The command line doesn't work because the ports won't install properly.

Don't bother looking for help on the forums - they are practically non-existent. I (and several other users) downloaded the Wine PBI. It came up as corrupted - the advice from the maintainer was to try a different download mirror despite the PBI itself being corrupted.

I then decided to install Ubuntu Edgy as a dual boot. Ubuntu can't resize UFS partitions. Time for PC-BSD to be erased and replaced.

PCBSD is no good for newbies due to a lack of software. Experienced users can simply install Freebsd or desktopbsd (and update to Freebsd 6.2)

Edited 2007-01-26 17:13

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