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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.
  
Welcome to PC-BSD and many thanks for your interest.
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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:
Early in 2005, Kris Moore, the founder of [http://www.pcbsd.org/ PC-BSD], presented the first beta version of PC-BSD, an easy-to-use FreeBSD-based 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 anyone can use, from the beginner to the advanced user alike.
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PC-BSD is essentially a customized installation of FreeBSD, and not a forked-derivative. PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD's latest STABLE-branch. Since the underlying FreeBSD system has been kept intact, you have a fully functional FreeBSD system under the hood. PC-BSD is basically FreeBSD with a nice installer, some pre-configuration, kernel tweaks, PBI package management, pre-installed packages and some handy graphical utilities to make PC-BSD suitable for desktop use. As a user of PC-BSD, you don’t have to worry about configuring your system, but rather to simply install it and start using it.  
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* PC-BSD® pre-configures at least one desktop environment during a desktop installation.
  
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:
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* PC-BSD® provides a graphical software management system for the desktop and a command line equivalent for the server.
  
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* PC-BSD® provides a {{local|link=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 is installed by a graphical installer rather than a text based installer
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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.
   
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* PC-BSD installs a number of pre-installed applications
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* PC-BSD uses the unique PBI (Push Button Installer) package system and also supports FreeBSD's packages and ports systems
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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 [http://www.ixsystems.com/ iXsystems].
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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}}.
  
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The rest of this section discusses:
 
      
 
      
* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/PC-BSD%27s_Goals_and_Features PC-BSD's Goals and Features]
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* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/What%27s_New_in_9 What's New in 9]
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Revision as of 12:23, 30 October 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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