Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Nov 2007 16:59 UTC, submitted by Oliver
BSD and Darwin derivatives "DesktopBSD 1.6RC3 for AMD64 is now available for download via BitTorrent and from our mirror sites. It includes several improvements made since the release of 1.6RC3 for i386, including: better performance by disabling SMP on single core/processor computers, fixed installation on disks with special partition names, inclusion of the FreeBSD ports collection on the DVD, and more."
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RE[2]: Good news
by Daniel Seuffert on Thu 22nd Nov 2007 23:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Good news"
Daniel Seuffert
Member since:
2005-08-02

Sorry but you didn't got the point. DesktopBSD as well as PC-BSD are aimed to ease installation, configuration and updating (and some other things) of FreeBSD for new users not experts like you.

Some of the users might want to use DesktopBSD/PC-BSD forever, some want to explore the beauty of FreeBSD itself, some want to switch to another BSD or $whatever.

DesktopBSD-tools are available via Ports or packages and you can transform a FreeBSD installation into a DesktopBSD or vice versa. If you haven't noticed please check http://www.freshports.org/sysutils/desktopbsd-tools/

Apple has tremendous success with Mac OS X because people with hardly no UNIX/BSD experience can use it in a minute. Please tell me what's wrong with the same approach in FreeBSD itself?

You want a better FreeBSD? You need people, code, money, bandwith, hardware etc. You want that resources from people not using FreeBSD? Hardly possible.
If you want more resources you need to gain more FreeBSD users. In the long run they will be the only ones to support FreeBSD. And exactly you will benefit from more FreeBSD-users once DesktopBSD and PC-BSD have gained more popularity even if you don't use it. Most of the users of DesktopBSD and PC-BSD will simply use it but some of them will contribute with money, hardware, bandwith, mirrors, artwork, guidance for newbies and even code once they are experts in some way.

This is the beauty of BSD and we want to share it with anybody out there.

May DesktopBSD and PC-BSD prosper and get better day to day as well as its mother FreeBSD.

Daniel on behalf of DesktopBSD

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RE[3]: Good news
by Joe User on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 15:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Good news"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, *BSD deserves more attention than it has. Best luck to you guys and kudos for the hard work.

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RE[4]: Good news
by Daniel Seuffert on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 15:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Good news"
Daniel Seuffert Member since:
2005-08-02

Thank you very much for your kind words. Everyone really appreciates that no matter if Linux, BSD or any other free software project. Don't forget it's hard work and endless hours but it is fun! :-)

Uh, yes, I really hope all BSDs will improve, everybody will benefit.

Best regards, Daniel

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