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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BSD not a desktop contender?
by Bartoli on Sat 6th Oct 2007 05:44 UTC
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Sorry mate, but you are misinformed. I have run FreeBSD as a desktop OS for two years past. Does all the usual stuff and plays movies (yeah, with hardware accelerated video driver), desktop publishing, printed circuit board layout and CAD. What "usable desktop applications" are you missing?

FreeBSD is the most stable, simple to configure and easy to maintain OS I have ever used. Such comments as yours do a disservice to a fine operating system with a lot of potential for the more intelligent computer user.

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