PC-BSD (v1.4) best for ex-windows users?
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.
And I'm gonna try it out ASAP. Who knows.. I might end up being a PC-BSD user for a while.