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Welcome to PC-BSD®!

PC-BSD®[1] began in 2005 when Kris Moore presented the first beta version of a FreeBSD[2] operating system pre-configured for desktop use. Since then, PC-BSD® has matured into a polished, feature-rich, free-of-charge, open source operating system that meets the desktop needs of the beginner to the advanced user alike.

PC-BSD® is essentially a customized installation of FreeBSD, not a forked derivative. Since the underlying FreeBSD system has been kept intact, you have a fully functional FreeBSD system under the hood. PC-BSD® provides a graphical installer, a graphical package management system, and dozens of graphical utilities that make PC-BSD® suitable for desktop use. As a user of PC-BSD®, you don’t have to worry about configuring a FreeBSD system for desktop use; instead you can simply install and start using it.

The main difference between PC-BSD® and FreeBSD is that PC-BSD® is geared towards desktop use, while FreeBSD has been created with server use in mind. Other differences include:

  • PC-BSD® pre-configures at least one desktop environment during installation
  • PC-BSD® is installed by a graphical installer rather than a text based installer
  • the PC-BSD® installer supports additional features such as configuring ZFS and encryption during installation
  • PC-BSD® provides a graphical software management system
  • PC-BSD® provides a Control Panel of graphical utilities for configuring the system
  • PC-BSD® has an rc.conf and a sysctl.conf that are tweaked for a desktop environment
  • PC-BSD® comes pre-configured with a number of automatic scripts to perform tasks such as connecting digital cameras or USB memory sticks

PC-BSD® started off as an independent project, but since October, 2006 PC-BSD® is (financially) backed and supported by the enterprise-class hardware solutions provider iXsystems[3].

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  1. http://www.pcbsd.org/
  2. http://www.freebsd.org/
  3. http://www.ixsystems.com/
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