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A Taste of FreeBSD With VirtualBSD 43

Posted by timothy
from the touches-of-os-x dept.
ReeceTarbert writes "If you wanted to try FreeBSD but didn't have the right hardware, or enough time to make it useful on the desktop, VirtualBSD might fit the bill: it's a VMware appliance based on FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE and features the Xfce 4 Desktop Environment and a few of the most common applications to make it very functional right out of the box. If you're curious you can have a look at the screenshots, or proceed to the download page and grab the torrent file right away. (Note: VirtualBSD also works in VirtualBox 2.x as long as you create a new virtual machine and select the virtual disk from the archive instead of creating a new one)."
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A Taste of FreeBSD With VirtualBSD

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  • Re:Terminology (Score:3, Insightful)

    by gstoddart (321705) on Tuesday March 10, 2009 @10:07AM (#27134025) Homepage

    Did I miss some sort of shift in terminology? When did virtual machines start getting referred to as "Appliances"? When I think "appliance", I usually think of toasters, microwaves, stoves, refrigerators, etc. Images for operating systems is the last thing that comes to mind.

    I think it becomes an 'appliance' when it comes already configured and downloadable to you like a black box.

    VMware currently hosts some large number here []. Like an 'appliance', you plug it in and go without worrying about the fiddly bits.

    Of course, if you want to install it all from scratch, go ahead. :-P


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