Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 15:45 UTC, submitted by theeb
PC-BSD The PC-BSD team has released the first beta release of PC-BSD 8.0. "The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.0-BETA (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE, and KDE 4.3.4. Version 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements."
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Sounds good.
by Tuishimi on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 15:59 UTC
Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

FreeBSD 8.0-Release
KDE 4.3.4
Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD
Run in Live mode directly from DVD
Updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly

Support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64

Might download and give it a whir (liveCD mode). Last time I tried PC-BSD (which I do like and actually used as a primary system for months before I got a new mac a few years ago (between computers)) it was not as I remembered it. But that is probably because I was running it on newer hardware... X was horrible, UI performance was slow and choppy with K on top of X that did not auto config to my system. Yeah, I could have installed better drivers and tweaked the config by hand but it kind of peeved me that I had to when the last time I used it, it was near perfect.

So... that being said I will certainly download and take another gander with FBSD 8 and better drivers for NVidia... looking like it could be a winner.

OH! And that is very interesting that they've added the option to install straight FreeBSD -OR- PC-BSD from their installer. Nice touch.

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RE: Sounds good.
by rhyder on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 17:10 in reply to "Sounds good."
rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

I'd like to give it a go but I gather that it has even more problems with proprietary tech such as Flash than Linux does. It also lacked a fully functioning virtualiser, although efforts were underway to port VirtualBox.

I might give it a try to see if there has been much progress because I'd like to try a system that makes a distinction between the base install and the applications. Kubuntu seems to be bleeding edge with the system components and conservative with application versions, and ideally, I'd like something that works the opposite way round.

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RE[2]: Sounds good.
by foldingstock on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 18:08 in reply to "RE: Sounds good."
foldingstock Member since:
2008-10-30

In a default PCBSD install, Flash 10 is working out of the box. Flash 10 has been working on FreeBSD for some time now.

VirtualBox is available as a PBI package for PCBSD and is also available in FreeBSD as a port. VirtualBox has been usable on FreeBSD for quite a while now.

I have the new PCBSD 8.0-beta installed and it is looking great. Can't wait for the release!

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