Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2007 21:05 UTC, submitted by Nix_User
PC-BSD LinuxHelp has reviewed PC-BSD. "PC-BSD is turning out to be an excellent alternative to other desktop operating systems. After testing and using PC-BSD for some time now, I can't but admire the sheer amount of work that is put into creating, developing and molding an OS for the lay person albeit with a strong slant towards FreeBSD. The fact that PC-BSD is able to accomplish all the tasks expected by an end user - be it using the Internet for communication, listening to music, watching movies or using it for recreation purposes holds it in good stead as a viable desktop operating systems."
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Extended partitions ?
by flywheel on Wed 23rd May 2007 04:40 UTC
flywheel
Member since:
2005-12-28

I tried to install PC-BSD on a logical partition way back and it almost cost me my OpenSUSE, eComStation and WinXP, if it hadn't been for DfSee.

The problem back then was that the PC-BSD installer was unable to handle extended partitions properly (It just made them all into one big happy primary partition)

Has that issue been solved, will PC-BSD today handle extended partitions the right way ?

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RE: Extended partitions ?
by antik on Wed 23rd May 2007 06:44 in reply to "Extended partitions ?"
antik Member since:
2006-05-19

Has that issue been solved, will PC-BSD today handle extended partitions the right way ?

No, if you are talking about extended partitions- FreeBSD/PC-BSD does not support installation on extended partitions and never will. Extended partitions is lame idea from microsoft camp and linux guys embraced this strange "standard".

You can install FreeBSD/PC-BSD into four primary partitions- that mean you may have four operating systems installed even same versions(or different) of PC-BSD on one computer. FreeBSD partitions are called "slices" and they are hosted within primary partitions or if you have only FreeBSD on computer then you even don't need any primary partitions- only slices.

That bug you referring to (converting extended partitions into primary) is fixed in 1.3.01 release- 1.3.0 was removed from site after that fix.

Incorporating OpenBSD's robust and powerful PF firewall instead of the firewall bundled with FreeBSD.

This is not quite correct- FreeBSD got PF in base system by default- only thing we changed in PC-BSD is that we enabled it in kernel with QoS features and "pfsync" as default firewall.

So far we managed to keep PC-BSD installation media on single CD ~700MB- not sure how long this will last but I like 5-10minutes clean install, couple of minutes install of OpenOffice.org, codecs, java, flash, etc. and here we got almost perfect unix workstation.

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RE: Extended partitions ?
by Oliver on Wed 23rd May 2007 07:12 in reply to "Extended partitions ?"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

The Microsoft way of doing things isn't a standard, it's just a lame attempt to mangle things so they fit in their idea of an "operating system". It's lame too playing the copycat to inferior "features".

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RE[2]: Extended partitions ?
by tristan on Wed 23rd May 2007 13:21 in reply to "RE: Extended partitions ?"
tristan Member since:
2006-02-01

The Microsoft way of doing things isn't a standard, it's just a lame attempt to mangle things so they fit in their idea of an "operating system". It's lame too playing the copycat to inferior "features".


I'm sorry, what?

Being able to split a hard-disk into more than four partitions is definitely a feature, and one I want and use a lot. Where it came from doesn't matter -- it's there, and it's supported well in Windows and in Linux. But not BSD.

I wanted to try PC-BSD, and in fact downloaded and burned two CDs, before I ran into this very issue -- I had cleared out an extended partition, and the installer didn't want to know.

Rubbish.

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