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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PC-BSD
by marcp on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 21:04 UTC
marcp
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2007-11-23

IMO PC-BSD is "The Ubuntu of the BSD land". Yes, exactly. It is no replacement for linux, it doesn't have [like all BSDs] HW support that would be better than HW support of linux-based systems. It means that GUI acceleration and all of the eye-candy stuff related to new HW will probobly *not* work, or work in a crappy way.
I think PC-BSD is an OS for the BSD guys that don't have much time to configure their Free/Net/Open/DFBSD boxes, or for the beginners.
Once again: it is not a strict "linux/windows alternative". It is definitely different, just like every OS on a planet [and not like many linux distros which are almost the same and share the same base, thus the same HW support].
Your linux might run all of this fancy GUI things, but it will probobly die somewhere on the way [from time to time], while BSDs tends to emphase stability, not the GUIsh stuff - even with PC-BSD ...

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RE: PC-BSD
by Oliver on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 21:37 in reply to "PC-BSD"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

>It means that GUI acceleration and all of the eye-candy stuff related to new HW will probobly *not* work, or work in a crappy way.

It seems you're using a different system, propably not FreeBSD. KDE 4.x seems even snappier on FreeBSD than on many of the major Linux distros.

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RE[2]: PC-BSD
by marcp on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 21:46 in reply to "RE: PC-BSD"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

"It seems you're using a different system, propably not FreeBSD."

Yes, I am an OpenBSD user, but I also use FreeBSD on some of my desktops. The fact is that I am deliberately not using eye candies, because -for me - it's obsolete and unpractical, just waste of the resources and an entry for new bugs - possible threat for stability and security.

"KDE 4.x seems even snappier on FreeBSD than on many of the major Linux distros."

No doubt it is. I was talking only about HW. It is obvious [for the ones that have used FreeBSD just once], that FreeBSD is faster than most OSs.

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