Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2007 21:11 UTC, submitted by kwag
PC-BSD The first beta of PC-BSD 1.4 has been released. "After months of hard work, the PC-BSD team is pleased to make available the 1.4 BETA release. This version includes many exciting new features and software, such as 3D desktop support via Beryl, KDE 3.5.7, FreeBSD 6.2, Xorg 7.2, new GUI tools & utilities, and much more." Get it from the download page.
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RE: follow different path
by Doc Pain on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 13:19 UTC in reply to "follow different path"
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"these features sound exciting, but i don't understand why they would want to add these features to pcbsd, if they are not helping linux in the desktop. linux still has a very small desktop market comparing to windows."

I think some Linux distributions already have most of the features you cited. I think most of the administrative stuff relies on KDE, so there would be no problem porting them to Linux.

But allow me a question: Why should the PC-BSD developers keep in mind "helping Linux in the desktop"? Why should they? Do Linux developers do? No. PC-BSD and Linux are two different OS mainstreams with different audiences, different kernels, different APIs.

Personally, I don't care about the oh joy oh glory oh market share. Mind share (knowing it exists) and usage share (using it) are more interesting. And I don't care about "Windows" because it offers me nothing I could make use of.

You're right, UNIX OSes still have a small peace of the desktop market, but the piece is constantly growing. I won't discuss the size of the piece of the server market at this point. I'm sure you're better informed than me. :-)

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