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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RE: jack
by molnarcs on Mon 2nd May 2005 21:54 UTC

This is not a fork nor is it intended to be - the same way as FreeSBIE is not a fork either.

As to superiourity - sais who? What do you mean by superiourity? You can't compare FreeBSD to linux directly - because the latter is just a kernel. Now if you compare FreeBSD to a specific distribution, we can debate pro and cons, but saying that FreeBSD is superiour to linux makes no sense and it only creates ill will. I must also have to add that based on my experience with the bsd community (on bsdforums.org) the opinion jack holds is a minority. Perhaps 'interesting' could be a better word, having for instance both 1:1 linux-like threading library - libthr - and M:N threading library - libpthread (formerly known as libkse), wich haven't been implemented elsewhere although SUN experimented with it. This is old, but still interesting reading: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=95211&cid=8187733

In my personal opinion, FreeBSD is superiour in one respect: usability. That's right folks, as surprising as it may sound, FreeBSD was much easier to learn for me than any of the linux distroes I have tried. Once the reviewer gets down to configuring the system, he will see why there is no graphical tools available - perhaps there is no need to. Case in point is configuring pf - since it has almost an english syntax (see one of the links I provided above) and excellent documentation, a *nix noob will pick up the basics more easily than with iptables (or even frontends like shorewall). Same goes for system config. You install apache2.x, to enable it you put apache2_enable="YES" in rc.conf. Same with samba: samba_enable="YES". Not to mention the excellent documentation bsd has and the (newbie) friendly user community - and I make this statement coming from a Mandrake background.