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VirtualBSD 9.0 Released 65

Posted by timothy
from the virtualbox-actualbox dept.
ReeceTarbert writes "VirtualBSD 9.0 is a desktop-ready FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE built around the XFCE Desktop Environment for good aesthetics and usability, and is distributed as a VMware appliance (that can also be made to work with VirtualBox) so even non techies can be up and running in minutes. The most common applications, plugins and multimedia codecs are ready since the first boot and chances are that you'll find VirtualBSD very functional right out of the box. However, it should be noted that VirtualBSD is more a technology demonstrator than a fully fledged distribution, therefore is squarely aimed at people that heard about FreeBSD but have never tried it, didn't have enough time to build the system from scratch, or have since moved to a different OS but still need their FreeBSD fix from time to time."
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VirtualBSD 9.0 Released

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  • Why did they make it look just like the Mac OS?
    • by 0racle (667029)
      They did say 'for good aesthetics.'
    • by anss123 (985305)
      No no, it looks nothing like Mac OS. It does look a lot like Mac OS X though.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Remember Mac OSX is BSD, well a bastard offspring of a bastard offspring of it.

      • So that makes them two bastard offsprings of two different forks. Sounds like there's a lot of in-breeding in the OS community ;-)

    • by unixisc (2429386)
      The only OS that resembles MacOS is a Linux distro called PearOS [pear-os-linux.fr]. It's based on Gnome 3.2 but instead of that awful UX, it's been given an OS-X UX. I'm not sure whether Gnome3 works on BSD, or else, a similar BSD distro could have been made. Incidentally, today GhostBSD 2.5 was also released - it seems to be based on Gnome 2.x, which most Gnome fans would like. So right now, you have GhostBSD based on this, and PC-BSD that can be configured to have the Gnome 2.x interface.
  • However, it should be noted that VirtualBSD is more a technology demonstrator than a fully fledged distribution, therefore is squarely aimed at people that heard about FreeBSD but have never tried it

    That's too bad .. the aging FreeBSD VM that I've had for a few years now won't cleanly upgrade from the old and creaky FreeBSD 7.1 I have on it now.

    I was hoping for something that was all ready to go.

    Guess I'll have to dedicate some time to slog through either an upgrade or a reinstall. Or, just stop using it

    • However, it should be noted that VirtualBSD is more a technology demonstrator than a fully fledged distribution, therefore is squarely aimed at people that heard about FreeBSD but have never tried it

      That's too bad .. the aging FreeBSD VM that I've had for a few years now won't cleanly upgrade from the old and creaky FreeBSD 7.1 I have on it now.

      I was hoping for something that was all ready to go.

      Guess I'll have to dedicate some time to slog through either an upgrade or a reinstall. Or, just stop using it altogether.

      In all fairness, upgrading from 7.1 to 9.0 would be a big jump for any OS. I am not saying that it can't be done, but I usually prefer a clean install while moving from major release to major release.

      Out of curiosity, what have you been doing with the FreeBSD 7.1 VM that getting the new one and move from there is not a viable solution? Honest question, mind.

      RT.

    • by Bengie (1121981)

      There were some huge changes in 8.x to stabilize upgrades/etc. Moving forward, upgrades sound to be quite easy.

    • by Nimey (114278)

      What stops you from tarring up your ~ (and maybe a few files from /etc), installing the new version, and extracting the tar back?

  • therefore is squarely aimed at people that heard about FreeBSD but have never tried it

    (minor) pedant rant:
    Everyone who has ever loaded a web page has tried FreeBSD.
    Everyone who has ever heard about FreeBSD has loaded a web page.

    ergo
    This distribution is squarely aimed at ... an empty set.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      So you are responsible for child labor because you buy stuff that is made in China?

  • What kind of support do recent ATI cards have on FreeBSD as it seems AMD does not provide any kind of driver.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anne Thwacks (531696)
      You want graphics on your Unix?

      Get off my lawn!

    • Same as many people use on Linux.
    • by laffer1 (701823)

      It's crap in short. I run MidnightBSD. AMD doesn't care about *BSD at all. I love their CPUs, but I had to switch to nvidia cards in recent systems because the X driver is easier to get working and FreeBSD even has binary blobs for recent cards if you're into that.

      It's usually easier to get an intel or nvidia card to work in FreeBSD. As far as sandy bridge or newer intel stuff, there is a very slow project to get KMS working and some other things to natively support them with acceleration. However, the

  • by unixisc (2429386) on Tuesday January 24, 2012 @02:00PM (#38808019)

    One thing that such a product would be pretty good for is that while creating virtual machines & providing IPs to their virtual network connections, they will be able to make use of IPv6 addresses, which are plenty, as opposed to IPv4 addresses, that are scarce enough as it is w/o having to assign separate ones to each virtual machine. This way, each virtual machine can have a virtual network connection that is separate from the one belonging to the host machine.

    Only thing I wonder - what are the hosts on which this runs as a VMware appliance? What would be the benefit here, as opposed to running Windows VMs on FreeBSD? Is VirtualBSD something that can be installed on its own on a computer, like ESX, or is it something that can be installed only as a virtual machine?

    • Only thing I wonder - what are the hosts on which this runs as a VMware appliance?

      Anywhere you can run any of the products in the VMware family, or VirtualBox, but they're clearly saying:

      If nothing else, we like to think of VirtualBSD as a technology demonstrator -- and a good looking one at that!

      and:

      We think that FreeBSD really deserves a bigger following, so if we can motivate even a single person to upgrade from this virtual installation to a real one we'll feel that our mission has been accomplished

      And while there's nothing really unique about this offer, the goal seems somewhat

  • PCBSD (Score:4, Informative)

    by cyberthanasis12 (926691) on Tuesday January 24, 2012 @04:00PM (#38809707)
    I downloaded PCBSD (a FreeBSD distribution) last weekend. I installed it in an old PC. Everything went fine and it did detect the wireless NIC. I downloaded gcc, g++, gfortran, python and compiled all my programs (console based and graphics based). No surprises. I was either lucky, or FreeBSD/PCBSD is mature enough to be used as desktop OS.
    It was a nice experience to use something else than Linux, and be productive as well :)
    • I was using FreeBSD as my primary OS back in 2000 at work. Was actually quite good for a work OS as the basis for my server admin / php coder role. All Windows req's handled via Citrix metaframe session.

      Now I feel old. Thanks.

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