Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Apr 2009 15:43 UTC, submitted by Alexander Yerenkow
PC-BSD PC-BSD, the desktop-oriented FreeBSD variant, has released version 7.1, dubbed Galileo. In case you don't know, PC-BSD is a FreeBSD distribution with lots of customisations focussed on the desktop user. Its most defining features is the Push Button Installer, a self-contained package format with handy installers/uninstallers. PC-BSD 7.1 comes loaded with changes and updates.
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RE: some of the best of OSS
by Doc Pain on Fri 10th Apr 2009 21:02 UTC in reply to "some of the best of OSS"
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PC-BSD has succeeded where so few althernative desktop OS's have failed. Any Windows user can use PC-BSD without much of a learning curve. installing software is easy, the aplications work as you would expect them too, honestly its just a great OS all around. Please keep up the good work guys, truely amazing stuff.

Just because PC-BSD isn't made for me I won't say its bad. My neighbor is very happy with it, and he's not very computer literate. He has less problems with PC-BSD than he had with "Windows". All stuff workes. And he doesn't care how and why.

But please allow me a polite addition: The internationalisation of KDE was bad, the last time I tried it. If you live in an english speaking country, well, no problem. But you can scare any potential german PC-BSD user away with only one (!) english error message, such as some "ARTS error, could not open device /dev/blah". And if you set up your KDE to be in German, it should be in German everywhere. Installed applications should honor this. As a counterexample I tried to install kmplayer on a german PC-BSD system - kmplayer was in English. That's a big problem for german users, let me say this again!

From the standpoint of the completeness and quality of the german internationalisation, I always found that Gnome was better than KDE, but because I'm using neither of them (I occassionally give some Linux a try, but I don't *use* it, honestly), my opinion may not be backed up very well, or even up to date.

also (if you check the front page) it is not based on FreeBSD 7.1 STABLE but 7.2 (which in turn is based on 7.1 if you want to really get into it, but still.)

According to the 7.2 release of FreeBSD is in BETA stage still. So how can PC-BSD be based on 7.2-R when it's not out? The current development branch in 7 is 7-STABLE (not 7.1-STABLE) which has already passed 7.0-RELEASE and 7.1-RELEASE and is on its way to 7.2-RELEASE. You can find out more about what -RELEASE, -STABLE and -CURRENT mean from the FreeBSD web site.

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RE[2]: some of the best of OSS
by poundsmack on Fri 10th Apr 2009 22:33 in reply to "RE: some of the best of OSS"
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taken from the front page of, notice "the version 7.1 contains..."

PC-BSD 7.1 - Galileo Edition Released

The PC-BSD Team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD 7.1 - Galileo Edition!

Version 7.1 contains a number of enhancements, improvements and bugfixes from the 7.0 series.
FreeBSD 7.2-Pre
KDE 4.2.2
The new KDE 4 printer applet enables users to easily add and manage printers and print jobs without using the CUPS web interface.
The Add / Remove Programs tool and the Update Manager have been consolidated into “Software & Updates.”
The Updater Tray has been modified into a small tray-only applet that shows users when updates are available. This is far less taxing on the CPU than its previous versions.
FreeBSD ports and packages can now be installed in a clean localbase by utilizing the “runports” command.
Greater stability for Flash 9 allows users to get higher quality from Flash sites such as Hulu and Youtube.
Enhancements have been made to PC-BSD's System Installer, including upgrade functionality for those who wish to upgrade / repair PC-BSD while preserving their user data.
Fixes have been made to bugs in the Wi-Fi and Networking tools, as well as to previous Linux Emulation problems.

For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog. Users who wish to upgrade from PC-BSD 7.0.x are able to do so via the upgrade / repair option during the installation.

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taken from the front page of, notice "the version 7.1 contains..."

Version 7.1 contains a number of enhancements, improvements and bugfixes from the 7.0 series.
FreeBSD 7.2-Pre

Thanks, I see now: "7.2-Pre" refers to a development point in 7-STABLE prior to 7.2-RELEASE (because that's not released yet), but it's close to.

When FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE is out, maybe the PC-BSD developers offer a minor upgrade for the "OS part" of their system to catch up to the FreeBSD release.

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