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PC-BSD (v1.4) best for ex-windows users?

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Check this out!

It's a review of PC-BSD 1.4, the latest release. It makes me really really want to try it out. I've seen a comment on digg saying that PC-BSD actually feels easier to use than Ubuntu!

There are a few things about it that make me think what some GNU/Linux fans might feel is unthinkable, that PC-BSD might actually be the best alternative operating system for Windows users looking to switch. Why? Well they're used to downloading those setup.exe's on Windows to install stuff. In PC-BSD it is very similar with their PBI packages. Also, since PC-BSD used KDE by default it may be a bit more similar to the Windows feel.

Now I don't want to argue which way of installing is the best, from central repositories like in most GNU/Linux distros (like Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora etc.) or from separate packages one by one, but I think a conclusion isn't really necessary. One way could be considered superior to the other by some people, but it's preferences what will in the end decide what works for whom. If Windows users think this is the best way for them to install software, but they're tired of windows (as they should be), I recommend PC-BSD. Strongly. Smiling

And I'm gonna try it out ASAP. Who knows.. I might end up being a PC-BSD user for a while. Laughing out loud

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Sounds interesting. I

Sounds interesting. I actually downloaded an image quite a while ago, but so far didn't find the time to try it.
Maybe I should have a run with it now. I could either try it in KVM or on that 18GB-partition I mostly use for EasyLFS. But I guess it'll be KVM, that should be the easiest way.

Edit: Just checked. These two DVDs full of images don't have PC-BSD, but Desktop-BSD and FreeBSD.
Well, I guess I'll download PC-BSD then and install all three to compare.

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Yeah I downloaded the

Yeah I downloaded the earlier PC-BSD as well and didn't try yet, but I'll get this one. Need to finish what I started with EasyLFS (trying to boot) as well..

One thing I heard about BSDs is that they require that they be installed on a primary partition rather than a logical one. I hope this isn't true anymore because I don't have it set up like this.

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Well, through KVM it's

Well, through KVM it's luckily no problem to provide a primary partition. Doesn't your CPU also have hardware-virtualization? You have a Core2Duo, right? Most, if not all, of these should have that.

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Yes, but I'd prefer being

Yes, but I'd prefer being able to do a real install if I like it. I would want to give it a chance for real, not just a quick test drive.

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I tried booting the PCBSD

I tried booting the PCBSD 1.4 CD, but even after selecting the VESA mode it apparently set the wrong resolution to my LCD screen forcing it into stand by. Of course since I can't see anything installation is off. I didn't try the "safe mode" yet though.

However I did try installing in KVM and all was going fine, I was taking screenshots of the installation process, until it hit 100% of the install and popped out an error that doesn't say what was the problem, just that there was an error and that I try doing it again in safe mode and that it will now reboot.

So much for user friendly experience. As far as I know, and yes I may be too harsh and not any harsher than an average user this kind of OS aims at, but PC-BSD FAILED.

Thanks