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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Charles - package management...
by synergy on Wed 15th Feb 2006 18:49 UTC
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2006-01-10

first of all - congrats for trying to establish freebsd on the desktop! i hope this will raise the visibility for freebsd in general - it's about time that it will get more commercial support...

however, what's still missing to establish really free unix or linux desktop distris (pc-bsd as well as ubuntu are currently totally lacking in this respect!) in the corporate market is network-wide desktop management software like xandros's xmds or redhat's satellite server!
of course, you don't have any problems in this respect with your single desktop at home or 10-20 to manage, but if you have to manage 100 or even 1000 of desktops corporate-wide, you need to have some sort of gui-based centralized management software to deploy, maintain and customize your desktops.
if you could provide something like this based on .pbi, i expect large-scale and commerical interest and support for pc-bsd to really take off which in turn would be beneficial for the whole project!

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