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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by Charles A Landemaine on Wed 15th Feb 2006 11:51 UTC
Charles A Landemaine
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2005-11-11

You can have the same desktop with FreeBSD+KDE

Not exactly. PC-BSD is full of enhancements, utilities, custom configurations, etc... On FreeBSD you may need a few days to customize it to your liking, and still it won't have all the PC-BSD ease-of-use. FreeBSD is very rough around the hedges. PC-BSD is still, but a lot less ;)

I don't understand why it takes so many months to finish 1.0, considering it's based on a current release of FreeBSD.

It's taking time because we're improving many features, and we're adding a lot of additional configurations, for instance, now fonts look just like on Windows with custom rules in fontconfig. Also we should have more than 50 different languages available for 1.0 release, we are fixing many minor annoyances, bugs, we're testing, etc... It takes a lot of time...

PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD but there is still a big difference between both of them. Making a server OS an easy-to-use desktop OS takes hell of a time.

Also, we're a very small team of devs ATM.

If you want to join us and help out, you're mostly welcome ;)

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