Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Dec 2012 00:38 UTC, submitted by sonic2000gr
PC-BSD PC-BSD 9.1 has been released. "The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce that version 9.1 is now available! This release includes many exciting new features and enhancements, such as a vastly improved system installer, ZFS 'Boot Environment' support, TrueOS (a FreeBSD based server with additional power-user utilities), and much more!" PC-BSD 9.1 is based on the soon-to-be released FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE with several enhancements, including an updated installer, better ZFS support during installation, bug fixes and new GUI configuration/administrative utilities.
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I've always been disappointed by PC-BSD because it doesn't run natively on my hardware. It can't handle mixed controllers (SATA and PATA) and it didn't work with my ide->sata conversion switch either.

I had much better luck running it under a virtual machine (Oracle/Sun Virtualbox), where it works fine.

I have to say, though, for the desktop user, I'm not sure I see any compelling reason to run PC-BSD. Can anyone here tell me if I'm missing something? thanks.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:

1) It's basically FreeBSD; you can't go wrong there.
2) It's fully set up with a choice of desktop environment; traditionally KDE.
3) If your hardware supports it, it all just works right from the start.

That's really pretty much it. Learn more about the BSDs and specifically FreeBSD to find out if it is a good match for you. I recommend the following article if you already know and/or use Linux:

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mangonuts Member since:

Also being able to install directly to ZFS without having to perform any magic tricks is very cool.

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Luminair Member since:

It probably has slightly better software and hardware support than a Solaris distro, thus making it the best os with zfs by default. That is all I can think of to answer your question. And even then, zfs as a reason is pushing it a bit

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Lennie Member since:

How about Debian/kFreeBSD ? ;-)

Especially for a Debian/Linux user as myself.

Anyway, btrfs is maturing pretty well lately.

Only 2 kernel versions to go until most of the features people want will be there and mature (enough). Those 2 versions will be used to merge RAID5/6 which would be similair to RAIDZ in ZFS.

I hope bcache (general read/write block cache for Linux which implements something similair to L2ARC) will be there too.

2 kernel versions is about 3 months to a half a year (releases are between 60 to 90 days)

Edited 2012-12-25 14:58 UTC

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