Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Mon 15th Sep 2008 20:43 UTC, submitted by Alexander Yerenkow
PC-BSD This release marks a milestone for PC-BSD, by moving to the latest FreeBSD 7-Stable and also incorporating the KDE 4.1.1 desktop. Users will immediately notice the improved visual interface that KDE 4.1.1 offers, as well as a large improvement in hardware support and speed from the update to FreeBSD 7-Stable. PC-BSD 7 also offers a large and growing library of self-contained PBI files available for installation, and improvments for other locales on our PBI Directory website. This release also offers new methods of installation, including a DVD, USB and Internet/network install. Note: Here is an interview with the lead developer of PC-BSD.
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RE[2]: PBI
by Windows Sucks on Tue 16th Sep 2008 17:09 UTC in reply to "RE: PBI"
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

Why not using PC-BSD itself, then? ;)


1. Well for one I don't like KDE 4

2. It's not as stable as Ubuntu yet

3. The release schedule is not set as well.

4. Lack of drivers.

5. Poor laptop support (Ubuntu is bad enough)

6. Can't get support as easy.

And there are a few other little things that need to be worked out.

After saying all that the guys that make PCBSD are great! They are doing a great job! I am not taking away from them at all! Most of the issues are common in BSD it's self or is out of their control (Like KDE 4)

I think as it grows as with the Linux versions I like, I will revisit this over and over until I can use it for my everyday OS.

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RE[3]: PBI
by vermaden on Tue 16th Sep 2008 23:00 in reply to "RE[2]: PBI"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

1. Well for one I don't like KDE 4

You can add KDE3 instead of KDE4 or even use GNOME PBI package ... or from Ports.

4. Lack of drivers.

Depends on hardware, you setup is propably supported.

5. Poor laptop support (Ubuntu is bad enough)

Ubuntu scales my CPU 800-2000 while PC-BSD/FreeBSD 150-2000 (yes 150 not 1500) and in steps like 150/300/450... so which one is better here, but that also depends on laptop, laptop verndor etc.

6. Can't get support as easy.

But documantation is well written and complete so you will not need that support for most of the time, and even if you do, there are many bsd forums out there.

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RE[4]: PBI
by Windows Sucks on Wed 17th Sep 2008 02:38 in reply to "RE[3]: PBI"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

You can add KDE3 instead of KDE4 or even use GNOME PBI package ... or from Ports.


Problem is Gnome will not have modifications like KDE 4. Like on Ubuntu, there are tools and changes that are not in Gnome by default (Till they are rolled upstream if they ever are)

Depends on hardware, you setup is propably supported.


I have Acer 3680 laptop. Suspend and Hibernation don't work with any version of PCBSD yet. Wireless is not even close. (But works out of the box on Ubuntu) This is what I mean by poor laptop support. Not the scaling of the CPU.

But documantation is well written and complete so you will not need that support for most of the time, and even if you do, there are many bsd forums out there.


I don't normally need support. But my grandmother, sister, god daughter etc may. And so it feels good to be able to not only point them to docs and forums but I can also get paid support.

I am not saying PCBSD is bad. What I am saying is if you compare to MacOSX then PCBSD would be 10.0 Cheetah and Ubuntu is 10.2 Jaguar

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