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PC-BSD 9 review ? to FreeBSD what Ubuntu is to Debian

Feb 10, 2012, 23:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Koen Vervloesem)

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"In previous editions, PC-BSD was KDE-only. Beginning from the new PC-BSD 9 release, the Ubuntu of the BSDs doesn?t lock you into KDE anymore but allows you to choose your desktop environment among KDE 4.7, GNOME 2 (GNOME 3 hasn?t been ported yet), Xfce 4 and LXDE. The DVD version comes with all these desktop environments, but we downloaded the CD version which installs a minimal LXDE environment. In the installer, you can choose the default UFS filesystem or the ZFS filesystem. The latter is more advanced, with features like snapshots, transparent compression and deduplication, but it?s only recommended if you have a 64-bit system with at least 4GB of RAM.

"When you log into your installed PC-BSD system, three icons appear on your desktop: the AppCafe, the Control Panel and the Handbook. You are also greeted by a welcome window that gives you a crash course about some PC-BSD tools, such as the wireless tray icon, the AppCafe and the Control Panel. As its name says, the AppCafe is the program where you search for and install applications. It?s rather basic (it doesn?t even show how many applications are available for installation, nor how big an application download will be), but it gets the job done."

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