Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Nov 2007 19:33 UTC, submitted by AVL_
PC-BSD "iXsystems announced today a distribution agreement with Fry's Electronics whereby all Fry's stores nationwide will carry PC-BSD Version 1.4, Da Vinci Edition. The agreement marks the first time that the PC-BSD operating system is made available for purchase at Fry's Electronics. PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE. FreeBSD is one of the most used UNIX-like operating systems in the world. It is widely renowned as the most stable and secure server operating system."
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RE: nonplussed
by Doc Pain on Fri 16th Nov 2007 15:22 UTC in reply to "nonplussed"
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"I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, and I certainly don't want to get Matt mad at me. But how is this news? Last time I was at Fry's they had FreeBSD, NetBSD, AND OpenBSD. I don't recall any OSNews announcement when they started to be carried (though Fry's has probably carried FreeBSD since before OSNews was a gleam in its daddy's eye)."

PC-BSD and (Free, Open, Net)BSD target different audiences.

Those who want to use FreeBSD (insert NetBSD or OpenBSD, too) usually are able to order it from an online store or simply download it, and then they build their system after their individual requirements. In most cases, they won't be customers at Fry's.

Those who are new to a BSD OS will want to have everything they expect from an OS distribution as they know it from mainstream Linux distributions. So PC-BSD comes with KDE and lots of stuff that is targetted at the average home user. Look into the PBI store and see what's available there. This is the target group that will visit Fry's to see what's on the shelves.

As a sidenote, I think it's a good idea that a home user oriented BSD is available "the old fashioned way" for sale in a shop. Maybe the shiny package will be good for marketing, too. :-)

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