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 Doc Pain on Tue 25th Sep 2007 12:49 UTC in reply to "PC-BSD"
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"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."

Remember the option of using precompiled binary packages (e. g. pkg_add -r xmms). Using ports or packages is not recommended, allthough it's entirely possible. Sometimes, using the console is much faster and more comfortable than searching and clicking around. :-)

"Check out the digicam PBI. It is a really nice program for downloading and editing your digital photos."

You're talking about Digikam, aren't you? :-)

"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."

This is correct. PC-BSD serves the average usual purposes very well. There's even good multimedia stuff. Most software is KDE-based, but that's okay as long as you're a fan of KDE. Everything that's not in the PBIs can be installed via ports or packages.

"All in all I really have been quite happy with PC-BSD. [...] They have put a lot of hard work into it and it shows so DL it and give it a try."

I'll surely do, allthough PC-BSD's hardware requirements seem to be a bit high in order to get a responsive system on my (older) testing hardware, that is mainly because of KDE, I think. Furthermore, I want to see if KDE's i18n has gotten better. The last time I checked (PC-BSD 1.3), situations with error messages were problematic: Alltough german language has been chosen, error messages have been displayed in english, making the system "unusable" for the average german user, or put into other words: One english word is enough reason to abandon PC-BSD. Examples: ARTS error, kmplayer. I will have a look on it soon.

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