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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Just installed it
by Vindevogel on Tue 3rd May 2005 21:44 UTC

My 2 cents ...

1) Installation is for dummies. Really. I must admit that I used a spare pc, so I hit the "Use entire disk" option. I think I filled out one form afterwards: root pass and user pass. That's it. KDE came up right, good work in that.

2) KDE configuration is not as good as Kubuntu's. I still do not see the use of having "Kontact" everywhere plus "KMail", "KOrganizer". Just put up Kontact, that's enough.

3) Change the boot loader with a graphic one.

4) Provide something to easily set the keyboard at boot time. Not everybody lives in the United States.

5) Get Java support, Flash installed, and, especialy, get Open Office installed by default !

6) Some packages are not needed in the base setup. It took quite some time to install everything. Most Linux distros are faster to install.


I will give this thing a go for a couple of days. It looks promising and I wish the developers a lot of luck.

BTW: This is not a fork.