Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Feb 2006 17:50 UTC, submitted by anonymous
PC-BSD LinuxHelp reviews PC-BSD, the (100% compatible) variant of FreeBSD aimed at the desktop, and concludes: "All in all, PC-BSD is an OS which has a bright future in the desktop market provided the developers provide more variety of software or at least equivalent to those found in the FreeBSD ports." Screenshots included to keep our younger readers happy.
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by molnarcs on Sun 5th Feb 2006 00:13 UTC
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provided the developers provide more variety of software

Yeah, indeed, some important software might be missing currently, but (as a recent PC-BSD convert) I think the goal is not only to provide good software, but enable the community to build their own. I think there is still some work to do to make PBI creation more easy (like defining a set of libraries that are present on all systems, so PBI won't have to hunt down all of them), but it is getting there. And once the infrastructure is in place, we should see a lot of new contributions.

Also, if you are a freebsd user, you might want to give PCBSD a try. I had some concerns before I installed it, for I run a customized FreeBSD before (-STABLE with some patches) - but the underlying system plays very well with PC-BSD's additions. In fact, I'm running 6.1-prerelease as a base for PC-BSD now. And for a freebsd user with some experience, the opportunity to contribute to a project might be interesting. It certainly is for me. Pbi creation is easier than ports (the porter's handbook was way over my head sometimes) - so, if you felt the urge to contribute to an opensource project, PC-BSD is an excellent opportunity. Of course, this is true for linux users as well... the howtos are clear, and if your aim is to learn something about freebsd, PC-BSD is an easy and fast way to begin. Ports are there, and you can learn everything about maintaining them, creating binary packages (like debs) from ports (it is one command!), and eventually, PBIs.

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