Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2006 22:25 UTC
PC-BSD "After using PC-BSD several days, I was impressed with how easy it is to use. It's a good desktop OS, and a great way to introduce BSD to new users. The 1.0 release has a few rough edges, but nothing that should scare off prospective users. For the future, I'd like to see something like Synaptic to manage PBI packages and allow users to browse for software without having to visit the PC-BSD Web site, and it would be nice if the site had a little more documentation, but I expect such things will come along in due time as the project matures."
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Beta software
by jjmckay on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:48 UTC
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I really like (Free)BSD a lot and will certainly install PC-BSD once it's out of beta and RC stages. I don't understand why it takes so many months to finish 1.0, considering it's based on a current release of FreeBSD.

I guess the PC-BSD project is looking for a fine polish that would help gain it mass market appeal? How much extra value does the pc-bsd project add?

Here are the features they claim to add (?) to FreeBSD on their web site:

* Fully functional desktop operating system, running FreeBSD 6.0 under the hood.
* Graphical system installer, makes the process of installing your system take only minutes.
* Support for many native languages.
* Advanced stability & performance that FreeBSD users have come to expect.
* Easy to use package management system (PBI), but also works with standard FreeBSD ports/packages.
* Graphical tools for system administration and support.
* Friendly and helpful support community.
* PBI packages are self-contained, and do not rely on numerous system dependancies.
* Very clean minimal install (1 installation CD), no cluttered mess of programs and dependancies to untangle.
* Online Update Manager - Manually or automatically downloads and installs updates for your operating system, without touching your installed programs.

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