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: Lets get serious
by dindin on Sat 6th Oct 2007 05:05 UTC in reply to "Lets get serious"
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"Servers, for sure. Desktop, not a chance."

I use FreeBSD at work and have tried it on laptops and I tend to agree with you. I use FreeBSD at work simply because there is no substitute for Dummynet (maybe the Linux guys can point me to one if they know). But I have been frustrated with some of the pkg_add issues; especially desktop apps. Don't get me wrong. Once you install 6.2-RELEASE and change PACKAGESITE to point to packages-6-stable you can install some of the newer ones, but pg_add does not have upgrade capability. Have tried portupgrade and have run into many issues.

So yes. If server where things don't get installed very often then FreeBSD is great. Not on the desktop - not right now. But I don't seem to be able to let go.

I am currently experimenting with Debian unstable. Gotta love apt-get.


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