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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BSDs not good desktop?
by zizban on Sat 6th Oct 2007 14:22 UTC
zizban
Member since:
2005-07-06

"Servers, for sure. Desktop, not a chance."

Perhaps you missed the memo but Mac OS X is a BSD.

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RE: BSDs not good desktop?
by dylansmrjones on Sat 6th Oct 2007 14:43 in reply to "BSDs not good desktop?"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Actually no. OS X is _not_ a BSD. It is merely BSD-like but has never been a BSD.

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RE[2]: BSDs not good desktop?
by sbergman27 on Sat 6th Oct 2007 14:56 in reply to "RE: BSDs not good desktop?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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It is merely BSD-like but has never been a BSD.

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How BSD-like does it have to be before it qualifies? We don't normally consider it to be a *BSD because Apple doesn't want us to. And they have slick marketing and PR departments to insure that we don't. That doesn't change the fact that it *is*, though.

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RE[2]: BSDs not good desktop?
by zizban on Sat 6th Oct 2007 15:20 in reply to "RE: BSDs not good desktop?"
zizban Member since:
2005-07-06

Of course it's a BSD. It uses the mach kernel with FreeBSD 5 userland stuff. Seems pretty BSD to me.

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RE: BSDs not good desktop?
by dindin on Sat 6th Oct 2007 14:43 in reply to "BSDs not good desktop?"
dindin Member since:
2006-03-29

[p] Perhaps you missed the memo but Mac OS X is a BSD. [/p]

This is not true. OS X is based on the Mach kernel. Thye use the BSD userland source. The actual OS is not BSD.

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RE: BSDs not good desktop?
by BluenoseJake on Sat 6th Oct 2007 18:58 in reply to "BSDs not good desktop?"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Actually, OS X is a Mach kernel with the BSD userland bolted on as a subsystem. It's more BSD like then a true BSD.

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