Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2007 21:11 UTC, submitted by kwag
PC-BSD The first beta of PC-BSD 1.4 has been released. "After months of hard work, the PC-BSD team is pleased to make available the 1.4 BETA release. This version includes many exciting new features and software, such as 3D desktop support via Beryl, KDE 3.5.7, FreeBSD 6.2, Xorg 7.2, new GUI tools & utilities, and much more." Get it from the download page.
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by Doc Pain on Sat 21st Jul 2007 23:40 UTC
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

I'm very impressed by the zpdates made, allthough most of them are not interesting to me, but to the designated user group of PC-BSD (that's why I prefer a "real" FreeBSD).

Interesting:
* Updated FreeBSD base OS to 6.2-STABLE
* Updated Xorg to version 7.2

Fun for KDE and eye candy lovers:
* Updated KDE to 3.5.7
* Includes support for Flash7 in native BSD browsers. (Konq, Opera, FireFox)
* Includes official NVIDIA drivers to simplify activating HW acceleration.
* Optional 3D desktop using Beryl

Can't wait to see it:
* Improved & Simplified system installer, now with the ability to load optional components from CD2

No need for it:
* NEW! Firewall Manager, enables easy GUI configuration of firewall Settings
Firewall setup once, touched never again. :-)

See below:
* NEW! Xorg GUI Configuration tool, allows easy setup of screen resolution & 3D support

Good idea:
* NEW! User manager GUI
I hope it includes an "Undo" button. According to my uncle: "I deleted my user account and removed all the files. How can I get it back?"

Let's see if I can see them. :-)
* Numerous other fixes / improvements to the core OS.

With the last release (1.3), I had problems getting PC-BSD installed with screens smaller than 1024x768 (installer caused blurr on 14" CRT), I hope the new release will provide a way to make use of older monitors. But I think this is not important for the PC-BSD developers because of their choice of KDE et al. - this aims at users who have PCs with sufficient power (2 GHz up), and these power users usually use biiiig flat panel displays. :-)

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