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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Mini Review
by Dudesdad on Wed 26th Sep 2007 15:41 UTC
Dudesdad
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2005-07-10

I just happened to go over to PC-BSD's site the day before the news of 1.4 release hit the wires and found that it had been released. So I downloaded it and did an install that night. I have used it for two days.
I must say that this is one of the best looking kde destops that I have ever seen - Da-Vinci.
The install procedure was one of the easiest I have ever used. The only glitch was that I picked K3b to be installed as extra software from the second cd. It seems that K3b is already installed on the main release but also included as an extra option from the second cd. This resulted in two instances of K3b being displayed in the menu. The first instance would work fine but the second one would lock things up.
I had to remove K3b and then reinstall from a pbi and everything was fine.
I am a Slackware type of guy and the BSD's seem very familiar to me.
My impressions are that this puppy is fast. Nope, no benchmarks. Just the general feel of it is very snappy.
It seems to be faster in execution than Slackware 12 on my machine.
I tried installing some things from ports and had a couple of failures. Nvu was one of them.
From what I have gathered over a couple of day's is that this is an easy to use very fast and pleasing BSD.
Just use the pbi's and everything worked perfectly.
Another one to try if you are interested is DesktopBSD.
It is just as fast, and is just as easy to install.
It doesn't use pbi's for software install but has a portsnap package manager that is very nice.
I personally prefer DesktopBSD as it is just a little more FreeBSD-ish for my tastes.
All in all I can see the BSD's as a viable alternative the the Linux distros.

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