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I'm having a hard time believing you. I feel a lot more at home with PC-BSD than with Ubuntu.
The only problem is that you have a very limited base system with no real options.
Could you elaborate?
They don't have that many application as PBI files but they offer the most used ones. There is still the ports collection with 18,000 applications. I don't use ports because I have what I need as PBI's.
The system is stable but the applications crash constantly. The uninstaller frequently fails to remove installed PBIs.
You really didn't have luck. I haven't had any application crash. If the application doesn't work, it's not PC-BSD's fault, it's due to the person who released the PBI.
AFAIK, ports, packages and PBI's works very well together. On their forum I haven't seen any complain on this issue. Ports are known for their stability. Did you read the "UPDATING" file?
PCBSD is no good for newbies due to a lack of software.
Among the 18,000 ports, I can find more than I need. I actually use exclusively PBI's.
I think the PC-BSD forum is excellent, there is always people to help. Kudos to them and good luck.
Sorry, I didn't believe a single word of your experience.
Now now, can you really say you don't believe them? I think what they say is completely true. Where they are making the major error, is casting off the whole operating system because of what happened to them, because of their experience. I'm guessing they want something that boots and works perfectly no matter how limited the user's knowledge is. If they want something like that, I would greatly recommend, maybe emphasis, to go use, umm is the "W" word allowed here on OSNews? Or is it only the "M" word we can't say? I'd recommend something else, BSD is not for you at this point if not willing to take the time to read, ask questions, try doing what people suggest before saying it sucks. Although with their impatience combined with frustration, I would say there is a possibility there that they could be exaggerating 1 or 2 things.
I'll give an example. I am currently trying to use OpenBSD, I got it installed, but that's, I got jack else working. I am trying to figure out how to dual boot it on a dual hard drive system, and trying to figure out how to get KDE installed and up and running so I can start doing stuff from there. My point is, I want to use OpenBSD, knowing I'd be clueless going into it, so I bought Absolute OpenBSD book, signed up for a couple mailing lists, have read a couple OpenBSD FAQ's. So what I'm saying is it's not currently doing what I want, so I'm trying to search through, read stuff, email people, search the net, to help me step by step to what I want to do, and make sure I am not asking for things that the system is not intended for, always remembering my lack of knowledge of OpenBSD before I say anything bad about it. So I am trying to learn the system to see what my options are, and not see if it fits up to my standard of telling it what it must do for me
Side note to first paragraph:Maybe Mac would be easier, but don't try using any non-Apple software for any serious work, that's why there's books on "the Mac Cult".
"I'm guessing they want something that boots and works perfectly no matter how limited the user's knowledge is. If they want something like that, I would greatly recommend, maybe emphasis, to go use, umm is the "W" word allowed here on OSNews? "
In all fairness, PC-BSD does claim to be a distribution for non-experts.