Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th May 2006 22:14 UTC
PC-BSD "PC-BSD 1.1 was released today, along with a PBI update file for users running 1.0, who wish to update to 1.1. This release brings the core operating system up to the latest version of FreeBSD 6.1, adds better driver support to the kernel, and improves the speed on many systems." Update: Screenshots.
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Strengths, Weaknesses, Differences?
by ThawkTH on Tue 30th May 2006 00:37 UTC
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I've been watching some of the Desktop/PC/BSD stuff rather closely, and I was wondering if someone could tell me (or point me in the right direction) what their thoughts were.

I'm interested in trying a BSD. I really just run a desktop machine - no server stuff. I have a lot of Linux experience (Gentoo/Slack/*Buntu), and am very interested in playing a bit with new OS's.

What are some of the differences between desktop and pc bsd? Pros and cons?

I'm leaning towards trying PCBSD to try the pbi installs...


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gabrielwalker Member since:

At the risk of inviting a possible flamewar, I'm agreeing with ThawkTH here. Well, not agreeing, just, I'm kind of in the same position he is I think.

I've been messing around with Desktop and Server Linux for a few years, just casually. So far my favorite distro has been Ubuntu, and Dapper seems to be -really- promising, especially when XGL gets to the point of being feature-rich, with proper (non-compiled) theming support, and some of the crash bugs are taken out.

But after about two months of daily desktop use, I got really frustrated with having my settings break on an update. Or having to scour wikis to try and figure out how I could have mp3 sound playback, which I could pause, and then watch a video clip in Firefox or in Flash, and get sound there too. Or heck, just to have Gaim or Kopete actually give me a noise when someone messaged me, while I played some music.

There are other annoyances that would bother me, but I was able to look past the majority, and had a fairly positive experience with Ubuntu. And yes, I know Dapper isn't officially ready for everyday use just yet - that's not what this post was about.

I've just heard that BSD is done a bit differently. More controlled, I guess? But I'd really like a non-FUD, non-OMG,MicrosoftIsTheDevil point of view on what BSD does better than Linux... and what BSD would most give me the 'feel' of Ubuntu or, dare I say, Windows, in that it's basically ready to go out of the box with a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, with Centrino wireless?

Thanks so much gang.

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Daniel Seuffert Member since:

1. Congrats for PC-BSD and the team.

2. For DesktopBSD see

3. For PC-BSD you may find some info here:

4. Test them, hope you will enjoy both.

Have fun with BSD! ;-)

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djohnston Member since:

Another difference between DesktopBSD and PC-BSD, which I believe noone has commented on, is the kernel differences. PC-BSD is based on the 6.x kernel, and DesktopBSD is based on 5.x (5.5, I believe).
Aside from that, DesktopBSD uses only the traditional ports system for the package manager. PC-BSD gives you the choice of using traditional ports, OR using their new "dependency-hell free" version of PBI manager. With PBI, each app installs into its own directory, along with any required libraries. As a result, you may end up with duplicate libraries in different app directories, since the app's libraries aren't shared.

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