Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2007 18:35 UTC, submitted by troy.unrau
PC-BSD "PC-BSD is not a Linux distribution, but rather it could be considered among the first major FreeBSD-based distributions to live outside of the official FreeBSD. Like most distributions, it has implemented certain features in a way that attempts to distinguish it from the competition, and I will focus mostly on these differences. This test drive is intended to give an overview of what PC-BSD is and why one would consider using it."
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RE[7]: Not a fan
by Doc Pain on Thu 21st Jun 2007 17:43 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Not a fan"
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

"Could you elaborate? (I fail to understand practically)"

Regarding CLI subsystem: FreeBSD's CLI subsystem does come in unaltered manner, the same is true for PC-BSD. There are lots of things that make CLI life comfortable, just to mention a few from /etc/csh.cshrc:

alias ls 'ls -FG'
alias ll 'ls -laFG'

setenv EDITOR mcedit
setenv PAGER less
setenv BLOCKSIZE K
setenv LSCOLORS ExGxdxdxCxDxDxBxBxegeg

setenv LC_MESSAGES en_US.ISO8859-1
setenv LC_COLLATE de_DE.ISO8859-1
setenv LC_CTYPE de_DE.ISO8859-1
setenv LC_MONETARY de_DE.ISO8859-1
setenv LC_NUMERIC de_DE.ISO8859-1
setenv LC_TIME de_DE.ISO8859-1

set autolist
set promptchars = "%#"
set prompt = "%n@%m:%~%# "

The last two ones generate a comfortable prompt, the line prior to them enables the C Shell's auto completition.

In Germany, we have Umlauts (a, o and u with two dots on top, and the Eszett ligature). They don't work in CLI mode by default, here, some settings in /etc/ttys and maybe exchange of console fonts is needed.

NB that KDE is not affected here, it has its own language configuration.

Regarding KDE: There are "FreeBSD hackers" (I'm not sure I'm using this term correctly) that do not like to use KDE because it does not offer them what they need, or it is to complicated to configure it this way. As you may know, there are people who do not need (and therefore do not use) desktop environment functionalities, because they prefer a window manager that is easier and faster in usage. They range fron tiling WMs over XFCE, Metacity up to WindowMaker. This may be seen in terms of keybpard configurability, too.

But please do understand that these are assumptions made out of own experiences and observations. It does not make them false just because they don't describe the majority of users.

"I'd like to see that. Could you give me the URL?"

I would be glad to do so, but I think I read that statement here at OSNews. Feel free to browse through PC-BSD related articles to find out more. If I remember correctly, someone replied to my "wish" to see a PBI installer on "plain" FreeBSD and tole me this tool would already be avaulable; I thought of something like "pbi_add" or "pbi_install", followed by a PBI package name.

"In other news, I think in OSNews that modding up whould be restricted to IPs that are different from that of the author of the message."

I don't understand this, sorry. Could you be more precise? Do you assume me to mod up my own comments?

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