Linked by David Adams on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 16:41 UTC, submitted by vermaden
PC-BSD Some highlights: PC-BSD 9 supports multiple DEs (GNOME2/XFCE4/LXDE) instead of being KDE4 only desktop, new revised PBI system that allows sharing of files and libraries between applications for reduced disk space, new AppCafe to allow easy browsing, installing and managing applications in PC-BSD system. Also the PC-BSD Control Panel has and one-stop access to a variety of system-configuration options.
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I've used the Beta a bit
by jquid on Fri 5th Aug 2011 03:31 UTC
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2011-08-05

I've been playing a bit with the Beta mostly for fun / hobby so I haven't been much into media and HW testing. Not a techie here. Just like FreeBSD. Anyways....

The main nicety with this release, I think is going to be the new installer. They added some other Window managers to the installer. I chose Enlightenment and XFCE as window managers. It didn't ask me the default I've yet to be able to find a way in the GUI to change to Enlightenment - guess config file always works. It also provide the option to format a ZFS partition which I don't think prev version offered.

I'd like for it to boot faster too. I installed it for kicks on an SSD drive and Windows boots much faster than does this version of PC BSD.

I'm not much of an Xorg/'X' expert so I was pleased that the RadeonHD driver worked with a click of a button for my 3850 card.

The main deficit to the mom/pop end-user is that the App-Cafe (which is more a one-click graphic app installer using I think PBIs) only has a dozen or so apps in it. You can probably use command line ports to take of the deficit. I'm sure its only because its in beta now and they'll have a ton more in the App-Cafe soon.

This is shaping up to be a nice OS. I've been following the interviews on http://bsdtalk.blogspot.com/ (I'm not associated with them in any way) and there's a lot of behind-the-scenes things they've been making. Its mostly going into the PBIs, latest updates from the FreeBSD and adding some major updgrades to the OS installation.

I really think it will be a great release.

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