Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2007 22:01 UTC, submitted by Oliver
BSD and Darwin derivatives "DesktopBSD 1.6 RC 3 is now available for download from our mirrors or via BitTorrent. This release candidate is considered a large step towards a final release 1.6 with major changes such as: X.Org release 7.2, improving support for modern graphics hardware; NVIDIA graphics driver, providing hardware 3D acceleration for NVIDIA video cards; latest FreeBSD 6-STABLE as base system with High Definition Audio support; support for multiple processors and multi-core CPUs; more up-to-date software packages from the DesktopBSD build servers; many small bug fixes and optimizations. Upgrades from 1.0 and previous release candidates are supported. An additional language CD and 64-bit (AMD64) DVD will be released soon."
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BSD rocks!
by OStourist on Thu 26th Jul 2007 00:53 UTC
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Just woke up ;)

BSD is alive! (sorry)
Can't wait to try this. I really believe DesktopBSD
is shaping up to be the most solid
desktop system.
What I'm waiting for in addition to a fast, robust
system is:

(1) full flash-9 support
(2) nice looking asian-language fonts like fedora has
(3) Realplayer (or a helixplayer replacement)

It would also be nice to have some kind of virtulization for BSD as a host. Maybe freebsd-7 will
have that.

When this happens it's goodbye linux.

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RE: BSD rocks!
by JamesTRexx on Thu 26th Jul 2007 06:35 in reply to "BSD rocks!"
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It would also be nice to have some kind of virtulization for BSD as a host.

FreeBSD has jails, and of course Qemu in the ports. (donīt know if DesktopBSD has a package but it probably will)

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RE[2]: BSD rocks!
by google_ninja on Thu 26th Jul 2007 13:03 in reply to "RE: BSD rocks!"
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Neither is really like KVM or Xen in Linux

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RE: BSD rocks!
by netpython on Thu 26th Jul 2007 08:56 in reply to "BSD rocks!"
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FreeBSD can run linux binairies.
There's a commercial virtualisazion package called win4bsd though.

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RE: BSD rocks!
by Oliver on Thu 26th Jul 2007 09:55 in reply to "BSD rocks!"
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I'm sorry so it will never happen. Of course there is work going on in terms of a native Realplayer. But Adobe/Macromedia has no interest in porting Flash to non-hype platforms. Asian-language fonts should be no problem. And virtulization, well, in terms of Vmware ask Vmware. Xen is an on-going project by the way and KVM a SoC project.

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RE[2]: BSD rocks!
by OStourist on Thu 26th Jul 2007 12:18 in reply to "RE: BSD rocks!"
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Well thanks for your comment Olive. I Think
there is a flash-9 player in ports if
I recall and i got it to work in PC-BSD for
about 3 seconds before it crashed ;)
I have heard someone has got flash-9 to work
in linux emulated firefox via greasemonkey extension
and hackery.
So it sounds like Someone is working on it..!
The korean langauge display was a nice touch..It's good
but could be better(www, is a testbed and y the fonts spaghetti across the page)

Another problem is the playing of audio CDs..
Only Amarock could do it and only after I changed the default output engine to oss. Maybe some recompiling
of KDE binaries with freebsd ad not linux alsa is needed?
Overall it seems so far so good though!

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RE[2]: BSD rocks!
by psychicist on Thu 26th Jul 2007 16:54 in reply to "RE: BSD rocks!"
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Although I really like BSD and Solaris I mostly run Linux. I have recently ported Slackware to MIPS and am soon going to do a SPARC port and am having the same problems as the BSDs on x86.

In my opinion the only solution is to complete projects such as Gnash and/or BSD/CDDL licensed equivalents to make these platform and architecture dependent binaries obsolete.

While these proprietary companies once had an advancing role for platform uptake they are now mainly a hindrance to the free development and use of platforms and in that respect they are taking choice away from users.

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