Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Dec 2006 17:26 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD Just in time for the new year, the PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD version 1.3 for public download. You may download this release and view the change log. The team is also launching a web design contest for the new web site of 2007.
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Joe User
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2005-06-29

My experience with any BSD as a desktop is that it is several years behind Linux because of the commercial support that Linux enjoys.

PC-BSD offers commercial support like Red Hat or Novel.

Can the pbi-infrastructure do a system-wide upgrade like "apt-get upgrade", or a database search like "apt-cache search XYZ"? If not, I'll pass, for now.

PC-BSD has 3 ways to install software, the equivalent to apt-get is pkg_add, it manages dependencies the same way. The PBI has an update feature. And ports manages dependencies as well.

Interesting as it may seem, that statement does not have any descriptive, useful or concrete information in it at all.

From what I understand, they mean that you can install software like on Windows.

And I prefer typing "apt-get install XYZ" over finding, downloading and default-clicking XYZ manually any day.

You can do that with pkg_add if you really find it easier.

It seems though that there is more under the surface, but it is not well documented on their homepage.

I read on their site that PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD, so you should know that it has all equivalents to apt-get.

that seems like a clunky and disk-wasting solution to me

There's little difference. I prefer using a little bit more space, (maybe several tens of megs?) and have better functionality. I could say I don't like using a desktop environment because it uses RAM. We are in 2007, resources aren't as expensive as in the 80's.

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garymax Member since:
2006-01-23

Original quote: "My experience with any BSD as a desktop is that it is several years behind Linux because of the commercial support that Linux enjoys."

Original reply: "PC-BSD offers commercial support like Red Hat or Novel."

I think the reply missed the point of the original statement.

Though PC-BSD may have commercial support the BSDs in general lag behind Linux in several critical areas--one being hardware drivers--due to the fact that more companies have supported Linux with drivers and such more so than the BSDs. This is the "commercial support" that was being referred to.

This has held the BSDs back for some time now.

And unless the BSDs can generate a killer app or killer system tool, or can somehow strike deals with major companies for drivers and firmware, I do not see how the BSDs will ever be more than an "also ran" or marginally-used system that always lags behind Linux.

Linux has more mind and market share than the BSDs do and I do not see anything changing in 2007 or beyond.

Happy New Year to all...

Edited 2007-01-01 05:23

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