Goals and Features/9.2

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PC-BSD has been designed with the "casual" computer user in mind. The PC-BSD community aims to provide the following features:

  • Easy installation: to install PC-BSD, simply insert the installation DVD, reboot the system to start the installer, and answer a few questions in the graphical menus.
  • Automatically configure hardware: such as video, sound, network and other devices so that they are available for use at the first system startup.
  • Intuitive desktop interface: PC-BSD comes with the latest stable version of the KDE desktop environment. The KDE applications alone will probably cover most of your day-to-day computing needs.
  • Easy software management: with the included PC-BSD Software Manager utility, installing, upgrading, and uninstalling PBI software is safe and easy.
  • Easy to update: PC-BSD provides a built-in Update Manager that will notify you of available system updates to install security fixes, bug fixes, system enhancements and newer versions of software.
  • Visually attractive: PC-BSD installs Nvidia video card drivers and the Compiz-Fusion accelerated 3D desktop for the next level of desktop experience. Adobe Flash is installed so you can watch your favorite movies and videos on Youtube and Google Video.
  • Architecture support: PC-BSD is available for the i386 architecture and for 64bit systems.
  • Laptop support: provides power saving and swap space encryption, and automatically switches between wired and wifi network connections.
  • Secure environment: PC-BSD provides a pre-configured PF firewall and brute-force attack protection with denyhosts. It is also safe from viruses, adware, spyware and trojans.
  • Binary compatibility: able to run almost all GNU/Linux applications like Oracle, WordPerfect, Skype, Doom 3, Quake 4, etc. through the Linux Compatibility Layer (LCL) and able to run Windows XP/2000 through emulators (such as Qemu or Win4BSD) and Windows applications through the Wine PBI.
  • Easy system administration: PC-BSD provides many graphical tools for performing system administration tasks.
  • Localization: PC-BSD supports a number of native languages and locales.
  • Vibrant community: PC-BSD has a friendly and helpful support community.
  • Professional support: professional email and phone support is available from iXsystems.
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