Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Oct 2007 20:49 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
PC-BSD Jan Stedehouder has used PC-BSD for thirty days to see what living with it is like. On day thirty, he concludes: "Does PC-BSD have the potential to be a serious contender for the open source desktop? I answered that question with a yes, because the potential is there. The solid FreeBSD roots, the very strong and very accessible information, the friendly and mature community and the PBI system provide the foundations for that potential. I don't think it is ready now and I couldn't recommend it yet to someone in the early stages of moving away from Windows to an open source desktop. But I do think that the PC-BSD team has the right target audience in mind and is building an system and a support system that addresses it's needs."
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RE: Some points
by Doc Pain on Fri 5th Oct 2007 23:11 UTC in reply to "Some points"
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2006-10-08

"I found the ports simply terrible, hit or miss or simply broken was was odd if you are to say you have full FreeBSD compatibility."

Don't forget to update your ports before doing anything. Furthermore, using the ports is only needed if you are forced to have some options set at compile time (e. g. for mplayer: usage of codecs, OPTIMIZED_CFLAGS etc.); in any other case, precompiled packages should work fine because needed dependencies are installed by the way (e. g. pkg_add -r xmms).

On PC-BSD, using the PBIs is highly recommended. The pbidir contains almost everything the average home user might need - this is who PC-BSD is targetted at.

Due to changes of X11BASE from /usr/X11R6 to /usr/local (in order to have only one directory containing everything installed that does not belong to the OS), some ports may crash, that's true.

Ports is nicht for Gewerken by das Dummkopfen. :-)

"The PBIs are great but so few of them with bizarre hit or miss dependencies. "

The PBI packages do already contain the dependencies. So you won't encounter any problems here.

- NMI -

Regarding the article, I had an interesting read. But it's really strange how many problems the author had. My neighbor uses PC-BSD for longer time now and didn't encounter any of them. Seems it depends on how you use your system... I still liked that the author tried so many things with PC-BSD, even strange (to me) ones.

Note belonging to day 28's crash test: You can set fsck to run in the background (while boot continues), so you won't have to wait. The OS refusing to install on a defective hard disk is nothing strange. What strange expections do people have, anyway? :-)

"But, overall, I did what I would normally do on a Linux desktop or at work on a Windows desktop [...]" - yes, hitting the reset switch all the time because the computer works with ones and zeros. I'm interested in how DesktopBSD will work under this condition in his next experiment. :-)

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