Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2007 21:52 UTC, submitted by Oliver
PC-BSD "The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 1.4 (da Vinci edition)! This release is made available via the efforts of many developers and testers, who have spent the past months refining and improving upon the core PC-BSD experience." This release comes with Xorg 7.2, KDE 3.5.7, Compiz-Fusion 0.5.2, support for Flash7, and much more. There are release notes, a changelog, and downloads.
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by protagonist on Tue 25th Sep 2007 06:13 UTC
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2005-07-06

I have been using PC-BSD for almost a year now and really like it. I have been installing and testing the tri-weekly snapshots and it looks good. I do have a couple of comments on my experiences with V1.4 overall.

I installed it on a friends system where he is using my old Linksys WUSB54G wireless adaptor. there is also an internal LAN card on the system. PC-BSD finds both adaptors and once we configured WPA encryption the wireless worked just fine. The only problem was that we had to restart the networking after booting to get it to connect. The developers provided me with a work around to solve the problem. I just had to add the line /etc/rc.d/netif restart in the /etc/rc.local file.

Also, in comes with Compiz installed but not running by default. Your mileage with that may vary, but on my nVidia 6200 card with 128 MB of memory it really chokes on some programs. Compiz rendered Google Earth V4.0 virtually unusable and caused slowdowns in a few other programs I tried. The effects look really great, but not worth the performance hit on my system. (P-IV, 3.0 GH with HT, 2 GB RAM).

If you are going to try it look in the Quick Guide that installs an icon on the desktop, chapter 4, and read up on ports. It is a very good reference on using ports to install software. They also have two PBI's, their own package system, that put a GUI on ports. They work for most programs, but I have had a bit better luck doing it from a console.

Check out the digicam PBI. It is a really nice program for downloading and editing your digital photos. And while you are at it check out the PBI library. It is not very big, but it does have most of the programs you will need for normal day to day stuff.

All in all I really have been quite happy with PC-BSD. For now it serves as my second system, PowerMac G5 is primary, and I use it quite a bit. They have put a lot of hard work into it and it shows so DL it and give it a try.

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