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PC-BSD 8.0 Release Focuses On Desktop Use 154

donadony writes "Last Monday PC-BSD 8.0 was released. PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD and uses KDE as its default desktop environment. PC-BSD is designed to make BSD much easier for desktop use. The 8.0 release includes support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64 and improvements in the USB subsystem. The PC-BSD team has also developed a friendly package manager system with a simple-to-use GUI tool (see the screenshots tour). For a full list of changes, refer to the changelog."
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PC-BSD 8.0 Release Focuses On Desktop Use

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  • by CSHARP123 ( 904951 ) on Friday February 26, 2010 @12:39PM (#31286414)
    Using Linux Binary compatible layer does all the Linux drivers work too or just applications? Does anybody know?
  • PBI files (Score:5, Interesting)

    by abigor ( 540274 ) on Friday February 26, 2010 @01:45PM (#31287648)

    One of the nicest things about PC-BSD is the whole PBI idea, which are basically like .pkg files on OS X. When installing apps via PBIs, you get all the dependencies in one shot, which means you don't destabilise your whole system when installing from a central repository where app A requires a library version that breaks apps B, C, D.... This is particularly true when you want to use third party repositories.

    PBIs are simply downloaded and installed from places like [], the process is graphical, and they are easily uninstalled without fuss.

  • Re:Been testing it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ByOhTek ( 1181381 ) on Friday February 26, 2010 @01:53PM (#31287800) Journal

    Anything complimenting BSD on /. tends to get an initial troll mod I've found. It's amazing how much hate Linux users have for it.

    My experience is quite different from the above AC (of course, both are anecdotal, take your grain of salt - and mine are with FreeBSD, not BSD in general). FreeBSD users tend to be pretty laid back, if it isn't working, they recognize it. They may not care, they don't need it, or they may be working on it.

    Linux users tend to get up in arms if you don't treat FreeBSD like the second coming of satan for taking away a small amount of their user base and development power, when Linux is obviously the true and correct solution.

  • Why Linux? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by r_benchley ( 658776 ) on Friday February 26, 2010 @02:16PM (#31288234)
    Why do we need Linux for the desktop? While Windows has the best hardware support coverage among all operating systems, I am curious what are the reasons behind picking Linux for a desktop oriented operating system.
  • Re:Been testing it (Score:2, Interesting)

    by KlaymenDK ( 713149 ) on Friday February 26, 2010 @02:19PM (#31288286) Journal

    There's this saying, "Linux is for people who hate Microsoft, BSD is for people who love UNIX."

    It's tongue-in-cheek and very debatable, of course. But isn't there an undercurrent of truth in it, that BSD fans on average are driven by a positive force, and linux fans on average are driven by a negative one?

    I'm ASKING, not trolling. FYI, while I conceptually prefer BSD, in practice I'm using linux.

  • Re:Why Linux? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by pgmrdlm ( 1642279 ) on Friday February 26, 2010 @03:03PM (#31288998) Journal

    Security. Go ahead, pass me a .exe file via one of your hacked web pages. Wait, it doesn't run on my unix/linux box. Damn, you can't infect and make my desktop part of your botnet.

    And no, i did not mean you. Sorry, just the only way I could think of phrasing that.

    i still use windows as my primary desktop, but I am performing more and more tasks from my FreeBSD KDE desktop.

    Definatly ALL my email.

    Most of my surfing.

    I don't game, so what do I care about games.

    open office opens ALL the microsoft files that I need.

    So, why do I need microsoft and all the hackers that go with it?

  • I love it (Score:4, Interesting)

    by not already in use ( 972294 ) on Friday February 26, 2010 @03:14PM (#31289192)
    I would love nothing more than to see a BSD licensed solution succeed on the desktop, if nothing more, than to prove to FSF folks the definition of irony when it comes to being "free and open."

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