Linked by Uri Sharf on Mon 2nd May 2005 20:23 UTC
PC-BSD PC-BSD is a new FreeBSD 5.3 distribution, with a graphical installer and KDE 3.4 as its desktop. A new beta version was just released, and though I can't say I have much experience with FreeBSD, or any *BSD for that matter, I was curious enough to try it. And I'm glad I did. From a desktop user's point of view, completely oblivious to the many virtues and sound foundation of all things BSD, all I really ever wanted was an OS that is solid, easy to install and, well ... fun to work with.
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by DrJ on Mon 2nd May 2005 21:36 UTC


Let me be the first to give you some flack. I don't see this as a fork -- it is merely a front end to FreeBSD to aid in getting a usable desktop set up. That's not hard, but it does take a lot of work to get right (ask me how I know...). And BSD currently resides with the DIYers (but let's not overlook the server area) because that's what it takes to get a desktop going.

In spite of my earlier, surly-sounding message, I have great hopes that this will be done right. The added mass of users will make porting native applications to BSD much more commercially attractive.