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PC-BSD vs. FreeBSD

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Has anyone tried PC-BSD? It is basically a FreeBSD distribution, but from what I've heard has its own binary package manager.

I have once installed and tried it only briefly, but since I wasn't able to have my modem working on it I didn't bother much and haven't gotten a real chance to try its package manager. I've never tried FreeBSD yet though, but am wondering what are the main differences between those two.

PC-BSD is pretty easy to install. It actually has a GUI installer and the ease of using that is comparable even to the very Mandriva installer. That could be one of its major features considering that it is shooting for the desktop. From what I know, FreeBSD doesn't have such an easy installer.

So, what would you recommend a newbie to try first? What are ultimately the differences between the two systems and which one you like better (considering you tried both of course)?

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Don't remember exactly why, but I haven't heard many good things about it. IIRC I heard DesktopBSD was better.

FreeBSD v. (DestopBSD/PC-BSD) depends on what you want to do with the computer.

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Re: PC-BSD vs. FreeBSD
"libervisco" wrote:

From what I know, FreeBSD doesn't have such an easy installer.

FreeBSD's sysinstall is actually a quite intuitive, menu-driven installer which allows you to hit F1 for help in many of the screens if you are not sure how to do something. The FreeBSD documentation is very helpful in installing the the system as well. sysinstall is pretty easy, but some may be freaked out by the fact that it's not graphical.

"libervisco" wrote:

So, what would you recommend a newbie to try first? What are ultimately the differences between the two systems and which one you like better (considering you tried both of course)?

Like a thing said, it really depends on what you do with the computer. For the most part, it's best to go with GNU/Linux if your computer is going to be used exclusively as a personal desktop machine. So I would argue that a BSD-derived operating system that attempts to be solely used on the desktop is worthless. FreeBSD is a versatile operating system that is server-, router-, workstation-, and desktop-capable. PC-BSD is essentially the same thing as FreeBSD without all of the versatility. Go with FreeBSD. But if you're just looking for a desktop system, you may not be impressed with either. Puzzled

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I would also like to toss FreeSBIE in, it is awesome, freebsd pure (5.4 iirc atm) but in a live cd form, really really nice, try it Smiling

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