Sunday, 5 October 2008

PC-BSD 7.0 Released

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.

PC-BSD 7.0 Screenshots are h3r3

Note:
Here is an interview with the lead developer of PC-BSD.

FreeBsd HandBook is h3r3

Spread BSD Campaign link is h3r3


PC-BSD is a Unix-Like desktop-oriented Operating System based on FreeBSD. It aims to be easy to install by using a graphical installation program, and easy and ready-to-use immediately by providing KDE as the default, pre-installed graphical user interface. PC-BSD also provides official binary nVidia and Intel drivers for easy hardware acceleration and an optional 3D desktop interface through CompizFusion. PC-BSD also contains a unique package management system which allows users to graphically install pre-built software packages from a single downloaded executable file. In August 2006 it was voted the most beginner friendly operating system by OSWeekly.com.

Since October 10, 2006 PC-BSD has been supported by the enterprise-class hardware solution provider iXsystems. In November 2007, iXsystems entered into a distribution agreement with Fry's Electronics whereby Fry's Electronics stores nationwide carry boxed copies of PC-BSD version 1.4 (Da Vinci Edition).[2] In January 2008, iXsystems entered into a similar agreement with Micro Center.

PC-BSD's package management system takes a different approach to installing software than many other Unix-like operating systems. Instead of using the ports tree directly (although it is still optionally available), PC-BSD uses files with the .pbi filename extension which, when double-clicked, brings up an installation wizard program. An autobuild system tracks the FreeBSD ports collection and generates new PBI's daily. The generated PBI's are maintained at the PC-BSD software repository.

All software packages and dependencies are installed in their own self-contained directories in /Programs, decreasing confusion about where the binary programs reside and reducing the possibility of breaking a package if system libraries are upgraded or changed. The PC-BSD package manager also takes care of creating categorized links in the KDE menu and on the KDE desktop.

The PC-BSD project claims its style of package management, which is similar to that of major operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, is simpler than that of other Unix-like systems.

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