Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Mon 15th Sep 2008 20:43 UTC, submitted by Alexander Yerenkow
PC-BSD This release marks a milestone for PC-BSD, by moving to the latest FreeBSD 7-Stable and also incorporating the KDE 4.1.1 desktop. Users will immediately notice the improved visual interface that KDE 4.1.1 offers, as well as a large improvement in hardware support and speed from the update to FreeBSD 7-Stable. PC-BSD 7 also offers a large and growing library of self-contained PBI files available for installation, and improvments for other locales on our PBI Directory website. This release also offers new methods of installation, including a DVD, USB and Internet/network install. Note: Here is an interview with the lead developer of PC-BSD.
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RE[2]: PC-BSD
by grfgguvf on Tue 16th Sep 2008 13:44 UTC in reply to "RE: PC-BSD"
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I don't know specifically, but there are two conflicting issues.

First, GNOME is the "GNU Network Object whatever". BSD people hate GNU because the viral nature of the GPL license, generally incompetent coding of GNU software (of which not much remains in use, GLIBC is now developed by skilled developers from Red Hat, same for GCC). Still, BSD developed it's own tar implementation, own readline, etc...

Second, BSD users prefer "stable" systems. Whatever that means, actually Linux is also very stable, however KDE crashed a lot for me, while GNOME never does. So the choice of KDE in this regard seems odd, but probably the GNU-hate wins.

Difficulty of building is not really an issue, GNOME does run fine on FreeBSD, there is a port and all. Also a freebsd gnome project.

About the KDE vs GNOME user count, it's bullshit. Xandros or whoever singed deals with various governments for school PC preinstalled software, so theoretically 500 million schoolkids in Nigeria and Brazil use KDE or whatever. Umm... I have my doubts about them still choosing KDE if they had a choice, especially the translations of GNOME tend to be much higher quality (Except for German), and Qt has crappy handling for Asian scripts......

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