Linked by karunko on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 22:08 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones VirtualBSD 9.0 is a desktop-ready FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE built around the XFCE Desktop Environment for good aesthetics and usability, and is distributed as a VMware appliance (that can also be made to work with VirtualBox) so even non techies can be up and running in minutes. The most common applications, plugins and multimedia codecs are ready since the first boot.
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RE: For display only
by phoenix on Wed 25th Jan 2012 21:05 UTC in reply to "For display only"
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1) Pure FreeBSD is too difficult to install and make work. Arguably, it is a learning process, learning is part of the deal, but I think that learning from scratch is too painful.

"Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." ;) If you don't want to learn ...

4) PC-BSD is not good. There are bugs, glitches, every release fails on me for some different reason. Their USB stick image usually doesn't work. They use KDE4, which I loathe.

I take it you haven't done any research since the first time you looked at it. PC-BSD 9.0 includes support for KDE4, GNOME2, XFCE, LXDE right on the install DVD. Pick the desktop you'd prefer to use. Or, even use the DVD to install plain FreeBSD.

And their package format takes up a lot of disk space, so it is something I am definitely never going to use as my everyday OS.

Again, you haven't done any research since the first time you looked at it. PC-BSD 9.0 PBI format is much improved, and supports shared libraries. Thus, install two PBIs that need the same libs, and the libs only get installed once. Much less disk space is used.

BSD is interesting, but ruined by the deliberately unfriendly attitude the BSD community chooses to maintain. They actively drive curious people away, which will never strike me as a healthy, constructive decision.

Curious people, who like to learn, stick around and end up loving FreeBSD.

"Curious" people who just want to clickety-clickety on random dialog boxes end up slinking away into the shadows.

I had never heard of VirtualBSD, and it looks like just what I needed: ready to use and with a pretty good window manager.

You just described PC-BSD, GhostBSD, and a couple of others. Oh, and you described FreeBSD too, since all of that's available ... to those who want to learn. ;)

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