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PC-BSD 7 Released
By Amjith Ramanujam, submitted by Alexander Yerenkow on 2008-09-15 20:43:21
This release marks a milestone for PC-BSD, by moving to the latest FreeBSD 7-Stable and also incorporating the KDE 4.1.1 desktop. Users will immediately notice the improved visual interface that KDE 4.1.1 offers, as well as a large improvement in hardware support and speed from the update to FreeBSD 7-Stable. PC-BSD 7 also offers a large and growing library of self-contained PBI files available for installation, and improvments for other locales on our PBI Directory website. This release also offers new methods of installation, including a DVD, USB and Internet/network install. Note: Here is an interview with the lead developer of PC-BSD.
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wonderfull
By poundsmack on 2008-09-15 20:48:01
one of my favorite OSS projects out there. Keep up the great work guys. vserion 7 is a great update.
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RE: 32 Bits only?
By vijayd81 on 2008-09-15 21:56:42
Here's a link to its user guide:
http://docs.pcbsd.org/guide/

This will give you more idea about it.
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RE: 32 Bits only?
By BluenoseJake on 2008-09-15 22:05:22
Mostly just BSD kicks ass.
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RE: 32 Bits only?
By Lengsel on 2008-09-15 22:21:01
I use OpenBSD exclusively on a couple systems and dual boot OpenBSD on a couple others, but I gave up on Linux and have quit using it, already erased it from my main desktop system, but will try to answer.

BSD & Linux differences:

Each BSD is developed and maintained by its own group - kernal, filesystem, centralized ports, system libraries, instead of getting different parts from different people.

The BSDs are much more command line focused and is not interested in developing anything to be user friendly. People will help, but they do expect you try to be independent, they will not hold your hand every step of the way through.

In BSD you can upgrade to the new release from source, there is no need to erase it and install the new release

For a more thorough list, have a look here http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/ar... Plus can just to a quick Linux BSD search for more list of differences
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RE[2]: 32 Bits only?
By truckweb on 2008-09-15 22:26:17
You make it sound as if BSD was only for expert and people who knows allot of stuff to begin with.

Funny, because on PC-BSD, the first thing you read is :
"PC-BSD is a free operating system with ease of use in mind. Like any modern system, you can listen to your favorite music, watch your movies, work with office documents and install your favorite applications with a setup wizard at a click."

If this is true, it should be easier to use than a simple command line.
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RE[2]: 32 Bits only?
By gilboa on 2008-09-15 22:47:34
> I use OpenBSD exclusively on a couple systems and dual boot OpenBSD on a couple others, but I gave up on Linux and have quit using it, already erased it from my main desktop system, but will try to answer.

Don't really see what OpenBSD has to do with the subject at hand - but it's 01:30, I don't feel like going to sleep, so I'll bite...

> Each BSD is developed and maintained by its own group - kernal, filesystem, centralized ports, system libraries, instead of getting different parts from different people.

Oh really?
Should I really count the number of non-OpenBSD packages in the OpenBSD ports tree?
Heck, do you have any idea how many GNU GPL packages are on your system right now?
... Oh, and since when did NIH syndrome became a virtue?

> The BSDs are much more command line focused and is not interested in developing anything to be user friendly.

Which given the BSD distribution at hand (PC-BSD.. AKA BSD for the masses)... Oh, never mind.

> People will help, but they do expect you try to be independent, they will not hold your hand every step of the way through.

Just like Slackware, Gentoo and at least 200 different Linux distributions... what else is new?
... Then again, no idea what this could be considered a winning feature. Necessity? Sure... but advantage?

> In BSD you can upgrade to the new release from source, there is no need to erase it and install the new release

Lets see.
Fedora, Ubuntu, SUSE, Mandriva, ... [insert favorite distribution name here] ... Slackware, Gentoo.

While I hate upgrading (both my Linux and my BSD boxes) - seldom did I see a distribution that doesn't support previous-version upgrade.
Heck, most of them support automated-off-the-net upgrade.

> For a more thorough list, have a look here http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/ar... Plus can just to a quick Linux BSD search for more list of differences

So, you're switching to FreeBSD, strait from your original OpenBSD comment, that had little to do with the actual subject. I'm impressed.

- Gilboa "Should I really point out that NetBSD != OpenBSD != FreeBSD?" Davara
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PC-BSD
By Clinton on 2008-09-15 23:36:04
I've never been too interested in the desktop BSDs, but I read an interesting article with Kris Moore recently, so I thought I'd give PC-BSD a try.

I've used PC-BSD 7 since beta 1 and have been impressed with the quality as well as the way Kris interacts with users and the speed with which bugs are addressed.

While PC-BSD 7 still has a couple of small warts, they are not serious issues and haven't detracted from my overall experience. I think PC-BSD does for FreeBSD what Ubuntu does for Debian by making it more accessible to new users and the masses.

I decided this morning, after seeing the final release, to install PC-BSD on my laptop at work and see how things go for a few months. So far, I'm impressed; which is saying a lot since I've never been a fan of KDE.
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RE: 32 Bits only?
By Clinton on 2008-09-15 23:37:55
The amd64 release will be out shortly, according to Kris Moore.
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Interesting
By Xaero_Vincent on 2008-09-16 01:36:11
PC-BSD is an interesting idea but I dislike the PBI system because I heard it doesn't manage dependencies (potentially having multiple versions of the same library installed).

I might try it but here are the questions:

1) Is there a stable Flash 9 plug-in for FreeBSD Firefox? Can Mono Moonlight (Silverlight) plug-in be compiled for FreeBSD Firefox?

2) Are there native drivers for my Broadcom 4311-based WLAN?

3) Is there a GUI ports manager front-end instead of the PBI installer?

Edited 2008-09-16 01:37 UTC
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RE: Interesting
By Clinton on 2008-09-16 01:50:38
Why not try it and see?
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