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PC-BSD 9.1 preview

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PC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. It used to be primarily a KDE-using distribution, but the installer now has options to install a system using other major desktop environments. read more...
permapage | score:9768 | -finid, July 21, 2012

The future of PC-BSD

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So, what does he say the future holds for PC-BSD? read more...
permapage | score:9700 | -finid, February 8, 2013

Dual-boot PC-BSD 8.2 ZFS and Windows 7

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ZFS has been described as a file system on steroids. It is supported on PC-BSD, and the installer on PC-BSD 8.2 has made setting up a ZFS-based system a whole lot easier. This article presents a 3-stage process for dual-booting Windows 7 and PC-BSD 8.2, the latest stable release of PC-BSD.

In stage one, unused space is reclaimed from an existing installation of Windows 7. Stage two involves the installation of PC-BSD on the reclaimed space. read more...
permapage | score:9684 | -finid, March 1, 2011

PC-BSD 9.1 installer preview

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One of the most important aspects of a distribution (there goes that word, again) or an operating system, is the installer or installation program. PC-BSD’s installer, aside from Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, is one of the most frequently updated installers on any distribution that I have used or reviewed on this website.

And it is a pretty good, point-and-click installation program, though, not without its faults. read more...
permapage | score:9670 | -finid, May 9, 2012

PC-BSD 8.2 review

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PC-BSD 8.2 is the latest stable release of PC-BSD, the FreeBSD-based desktop distribution. The installer sports features not available on the prior stable release. One-click disk encryption, one-click ZFS-based installation, and support for a GPT disk partitioning scheme are features just coded into SysInstaller.

ZFS implementation on PC-BSD (and FreeBSD) is not at the same level as what is available on Oracle Solaris. ZFS Pool Version is at 31 and the ZFS File System Version is at 5. PC-BSD 8.2 ships with ZFS Pool Version 15 and ZFS File System Version 4. That just means that there are some cool features of ZFS that are not yet available on PC-BSD. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9536 | -finid, March 3, 2011

PC-BSD 8.1 review

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PC-BSD is a FreeBSD-based desktop distribution using the K Desktop Environment by default. An installation of PC-BSD is basically FreeBSD with KDE as the desktop environment. That is not the whole story, but it's close. Being based on FreeBSD, PC-BSD has several features that you will not find on any Linux distribution. This article presents a detailed review of PC-BSD 8.1, the latest edition, which was released a few weeks ago. read more...
permapage | score:9391 | -finid, August 19, 2010

PC-BSD 1.5: The Perfect Desktop

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This document describes how to set up PC-BSD v1.5. This release is based upon FreeBSD 6.3 and uses KDE 3.5.8 as default desktop environment. Taken from the PC-BSD page: PC-BSD is a complete desktop operating system, which has been designed with the "casual" computer user in mind. It offers the stability and security that only a BSD-based operating system can bring, while as the same time providing a comfortable user experience, allowing you to get the most out of your computing time. With PC-BSD you can spend less time working to fix viruses or spyware and instead have the computer work for you. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8876 | -falko, March 20, 2008

PC-BSD vs. Linux Distros

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Struggling for mindshare against Linus' juggernaut...
PC-BSD is perhaps the best thing to come to the desktop BSD world in a very long time. But unfortunately, it looks as if this fantastic distribution is following the rest of the pack and will be trying to locate funds by competing with Linux for business customers. Why should this matter?
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permapage | score:8709 | -Ray, January 25, 2007

PC-BSD 9 installer preview

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The current stable release of PC=BSD available for download is version 8.1. Version 8.2 is due sometime very early next year (mid to late January is the likely release time frame), and version 9 much later. A snapshot release of version 9 has just been made available for download and testing. SysInstaller, PC-BSD’s installation program, will pack more features than the current version. This article will showcase those features. read more...
permapage | score:8596 | -finid, December 16, 2010

Install PC-BSD on encrypted ZFS

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As a desktop distribution built atop FreeBSD, PC-BSD makes available to the desktop user all the cool technologies inside FreeBSD. One of those cool technologies is ZFS, the Zettabyte File System, a file system developed by Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle Corporation) for the Solaris operating system. ZFS has no parallel in the Linux/BSD world. It packs features that no other file system in the Linux kernel has (btrfs is a potential answer for ZFS in the Linux kernel, but it is still a work in progress). read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8571 | -finid, September 1, 2010

Ubuntu Linux vs. PC-BSD

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A comparison between Ubuntu 7.04 Linux (Fiesty Fawn) and the upcoming release of PC-BSD 1.4.
PC-BSD, on the other hand, "has been designed with the casual computer user in mind. Installing the system is simply a matter of a few clicks and a few minutes for the installation process to finish. Hardware such as video, sound, network, and other devices will be auto-detected and available at the first system startup. Home users will immediately feel comfortable with PC-BSD's desktop interface, with KDE 3.5 running under the hood.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8489 | -Ray, August 24, 2007

PC-BSD: a user friendly BSD desktop OS

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A short introduction to PC-BSD...
We installed the current beta release of PC-BSD, version 0.5a, and were immediately impressed. The installation CD is essentially a live CD that boots into a Fluxbox desktop and uses a simple, Anaconda-like graphical installer. It allows you to select your preferred partition for installing PC-BSD, configure the root password and users, set up the boot loader, and install the system.
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permapage | score:7726 | -Ray, April 29, 2005

PC-BSD 1.0 Screenshots

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DistroWatch reports - Getting closer to the 1.0 release, the developers of PC-BSD have announced the first release candidate of the user-friendly operating system based on FreeBSD: PC-BSD 1.0 release candidate 1 is now available! This release is 'feature complete', for what was planned for the 1.0 version, and includes many enhancements and bug fixes over previous versions. It is also the first desktop based on FreeBSD 6.0.

OSDir has some sweet screenshots of PC-BSD 1.0 RC1. read more...
permapage | score:7679 | -linuxbeta, November 20, 2005

Installing and Configuring PC-BSD

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A BSD alternative for the desktop...
There are five different flavours of BSDs available today:
FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Dragonfly BSD and the new, easy-to-use PC-BSD. It is the last mentioned one - PC-BSD that is designed for common desktop use. Do have a look at the PC-BSD site to accquaint yourself with this wonderful BSD flavour.

In this article, I will cover the installation and configuration of PC-BSD for common desktop use. This guide is meant for the home user with a desire to learn about PC-BSD, therefore I have tried to keep things relatively simple.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7222 | -Ray, July 25, 2005

Review: PC-BSD 1.3

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A BSD-based alternative to Windows on the desktop...
PC-BSD should make an interesting change for two main reasons. Firstly, it uses a BSD kernel, as opposed to the Linux kernel used in distributions such as Debian and Slackware. Secondly, its main method of installing new programs seems to be closer to that of Windows than apt. So, let's see if its claims of user friendliness are accurate.
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permapage | score:6440 | -Ray, June 4, 2007

PC-BSD 1.4 Review

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Is PC-BSD ready for Joe Sixpack?
One of the reasons that made me exited about PC-BSD is that Compiz-Fusion is enabled by default and beside that Superkaramba is also installed by default. Now Ive been fooling around with Compiz and Beryl for quite some time and it was always a pain (pretty confusing) to properly set it up. Not anymore! The first time you fire up Compiz-Fusion, PC-BSD asks you whether you want to start it by default after bootstrap.
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permapage | score:5900 | -Ray, October 3, 2007

PC-BSD 1.0 Review

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A BSD aimed squarely at the desktop...
PC-BSD aims to be an easy to use desktop operating system, based on FreeBSD. As many Linux users, I have little or no knowledge about FreeBSD. I heard many rumors about it. I read about it and about its history. I even tried it a little while ago and, although I appreciated some aspects of it, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't ready for the desktop. So when I read the announcement of PC-BSD being released, I decided to have a look at it.
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mail this link | permapage | score:5650 | -Ray, May 19, 2006

How to set up PC-BSD

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This article describes how to set up PC-BSD v1.4 beta . PC-BSD is released under the BSD license. PC-BSD is a desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. It uses KDE as its desktop environment. read more...
permapage | score:5615 | -falko, September 3, 2007

PC-BSD 1.3.4 Review

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A desktop distribution based on FreeBSD...
The PC-BSD team have made it possible to upgrade the OS to the most recent version - 1.3.4 by downloading and installing a couple of patch files. Thus I had to download and install just over 40 MB of patch files which are made available in PBI format, to upgrade PC-BSD from ver 1.3.0 to 1.3.4. As a matter of fact, you do not even have to download individual files yourself to upgrade the OS.
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permapage | score:5571 | -Ray, May 24, 2007

PC-BSD Installation Screenshots

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Distrowatch says "Have you ever wondered why there is no easy-to-install desktop BSD operating system with automatic hardware detection and setup? If so, you'll be pleased to learn that things are about to change in this respect - courtesy of PC-BSD.".

OSDir's PC-BSD 0.5a Beta Screenshot Tour shows how easy installing BSD has become. read more...
permapage | score:5443 | -linuxbeta, May 4, 2005
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