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Welcome to PC-BSD®!
  
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{{citelink|url=http://www.pcbsd.org/|txt=PC-BSD®}} began in 2005 when Kris Moore presented the first beta version of a {{citelink|url=http://www.freebsd.org/|txt=FreeBSD}} 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.
  
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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 which can be used to easily install a desktop or a server version of FreeBSD known as TrueOS®. Other differences include:
  
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* PC-BSD® pre-configures at least one desktop environment during a desktop installation.
  
Welcome to PC-BSD and many thanks for your interest.
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Early in 2005, Kris Moore, the founder of [http://www.pcbsd.org/ PC-BSD], presented the first beta version of PC-BSD to the community.  What some [http://www.freebsd.org/ FreeBSD] advocates had been waiting for for years had finally arrived: an easy-to-use FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop, with very little configuration necessary. A polished, full-featured, free-of-charge, open-source operating system with a BSD license, based on FreeBSD, that anybody could use, from the beginner to the advanced user alike, was a dream slowly being realized.
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* PC-BSD® provides a graphical software management system for the desktop and a command line equivalent for the server.
  
With the arrival of easy-to-use [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] distributions (another [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix Unix]-like operating system) and their immediate success, it became obvious that there was a large niche market. However, Kris thought that the Linux market could have advanced more in user friendliness. The BSD community had very good server operating systems such as FreeBSD, [http://www.netbsd.org/ NetBSD], and [http://www.openbsd.org/ OpenBSD], but none for the desktop market. Taking a strong liking to FreeBSD due to its design, speed, and robustness, Kris Moore decided to create a user-friendly and intuitive FreeBSD based operating system for desktop use.
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* 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 is a desktop-oriented operating system to the likes of Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X. It is based on FreeBSD which is well known for its stability, scalability and openness.  
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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 {{citelink|url=http://www.ixsystems.com/|txt=iXsystems}}.
  
PC-BSD started off as an independent project, but since 10 October 2006 PC-BSD is (financially) backed and supported by the enterprise-class hardware solutions provider [http://www.ixsystems.com/ iXsystems].
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Revision as of 00:57, 29 August 2013

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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 which can be used to easily install a desktop or a server version of FreeBSD known as TrueOS®. Other differences include:

  • PC-BSD® pre-configures at least one desktop environment during a desktop installation.
  • The PC-BSD® graphical installer supports additional features such as configuring ZFS during installation.
  • PC-BSD® provides a graphical software management system for the desktop and a command line equivalent for the server.
  • PC-BSD® provides a Control Panel of utilities for configuring the system. The graphical versions of these utilities are available on the desktop and the command line versions are available on both the desktop and server.
  • 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].

The rest of this section discusses:


References


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