Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Oct 2007 20:49 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
PC-BSD Jan Stedehouder has used PC-BSD for thirty days to see what living with it is like. On day thirty, he concludes: "Does PC-BSD have the potential to be a serious contender for the open source desktop? I answered that question with a yes, because the potential is there. The solid FreeBSD roots, the very strong and very accessible information, the friendly and mature community and the PBI system provide the foundations for that potential. I don't think it is ready now and I couldn't recommend it yet to someone in the early stages of moving away from Windows to an open source desktop. But I do think that the PC-BSD team has the right target audience in mind and is building an system and a support system that addresses it's needs."
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by JamesTRexx on Sat 6th Oct 2007 08:54 UTC in reply to "BSD not a desktop contender?"
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I'm using FreeBSD on my laptop since version 4.8 or 4.9 and I never regretted it.
When I wanted to dump Windows years ago I looked at various Linux distros and the three big BSDs. Things like a messy directory structure, everything eth? in networking instead of clear nic names per brand put me off Linux.
For newbies I advised Ubuntu and PClinux and I use Ubuntu server now because my work involves a lot of VMware, but for those with more savvy than the average user that want to run a stable server/desktop that's easy to manage I advise FreeBSD.

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