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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Installs are way over-emphasized
by walterbyrd on Tue 3rd May 2005 13:38 UTC

It gets old. Reviews of Linux, and now BSD, distros, are about 90% based on the install.

Installs should be something you do once in a great while. Day to day usuage matters much more, but that is hardly ever reviewed in any depth.

Reviewers typically install the OS, use the OS for about ten minutes, then base their whole review on that. If you want a great review, just have a great installer, nothing else seems to matter much.

What I want to see is: what features (other than the install) make a particular distro truely unique, and better than other distos? How well do those features actually work? How well does the distro hold up in day to day usuage?