"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."