Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Feb 2006 17:50 UTC, submitted by anonymous
PC-BSD LinuxHelp reviews PC-BSD, the (100% compatible) variant of FreeBSD aimed at the desktop, and concludes: "All in all, PC-BSD is an OS which has a bright future in the desktop market provided the developers provide more variety of software or at least equivalent to those found in the FreeBSD ports." Screenshots included to keep our younger readers happy.
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Good review
by bsdusr on Sun 5th Feb 2006 13:25 UTC
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As one of the first using PC-BSD users, i enjoyed this review. It shows how much this project has evolved since 0.5.

Overal, i enjoyed reading this review, although i belive some things were not as well explained as i would like.

“And immediately after that, the graphical installer is started and the user is led through the installation process which, sans the partitioning, keyboard, locale and time configuration is really just copying all the files into the partition of ones choice. At the end of installation, I was placed into a fully configured KDE desktop system.”

If i can recall correctly, the graphical partitioning isn't there because of the geometry bug. To force people to take care of the partitioning before installing PC-BSD.
I am sure that as soon as the bug is fixed, we will have a graphical partitioner again. ;)
As some one pointed out here, if the partitioning is done with a linux live cd for example, there is no problem whatsoever. I have PC-BSD, Windows and PCLINUX installed and have no problems.
The best, most practical thing to do right now, is to install PC-BSD without the BSD Boot Loader and use an external boot loader (I use GAG) to chainload the OS.
I have been doing this since the first PC-BSD release and never had problems. Grub can do this as well if people prefer it and i belive someone at the PC-BSD forums reports booting it it from LILO.

“Fig: GUI for installing and uninstalling programs”

This subtitle is not completely right. This GUI is only for software uninstallation.
Instalation is done ala windows. Click the pbi file, enable it to execute by typing the root pasword, accept a license if it exists and choose where and if you want the shortcuts for the app.

“Secondly, for installing and uninstalling software, PC-BSD has developed its own method which is similar to that found in Windows. That is, the software is packaged as a monolithic .pbi (pcbsd installer) file which has to be downloaded from their repository site.”

The pbi's aren't blocked to the official repository. Anyone can create a PBI site like that and host PBI's.
One of the goals of the PBI concept is to free software develpment and distribution. What the pbi site does have (because it is the official site) is a test team which checks for the quality and safety of the packages. Anyone can create a PBI and send it for inspection. If it works correctly and does exactly what it says it will be placed there. In the future the pbi certification program working there will evolve to certify pbi's globally, not just for the official repo.
The PC-BSD project expects that as the project grows and matures, official PBI's will start appearing from the software developers themselves (although other people still maintain the freedom to make their own PBI's for the apps as well, as long as they are signaled as unnoficial).
This supposedly will lead to the perfectionment of the PBI system and PC-BSD.

what do you guys think about this?


Renato Flórido

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