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Welcome to PC-BSD and many thanks for your interest.
 
Welcome to PC-BSD and many thanks for your interest.
 
   
 
   
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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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.
  
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 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.  
  
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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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 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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* PC-BSD pre-configures a desktop environment during installation
 
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* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/Differences_Between_PC-BSD_and_FreeBSD Differences Between PC-BSD and FreeBSD]
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* PC-BSD is installed by a graphical installer rather than a text based installer
 
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* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/Differences_Between_PC-BSD_and_Linux Differenced Between PC-BSD and Linux]
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* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/Differences_Between_PC-BSD_and_Microsoft_Windows Differences Between PC-BSD and Microsoft Windows]  
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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’s kernel has been recompiled with some configuration tweaks to better suit it 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
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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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The rest of this section discusses:
 
      
 
      
 
* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/PC-BSD%27s_Goals_and_Features PC-BSD's Goals and Features]  
 
* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/PC-BSD%27s_Goals_and_Features PC-BSD's Goals and Features]  
 
 
* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/PC-BSD_Releases PC-BSD Releases]
 
  
 
* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/What%27s_New_in_9 What's New in 9]
 
* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/What%27s_New_in_9 What's New in 9]
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* [http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/PC-BSD_Releases PC-BSD Releases]

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Welcome to PC-BSD and many thanks for your interest.

Early in 2005, Kris Moore, the founder of 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.

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.

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 a desktop environment during installation
  • PC-BSD is installed by a graphical installer rather than a text based installer
  • PC-BSD installs a number of pre-installed applications
  • PC-BSD uses the unique PBI (Push Button Installer) package system and also supports FreeBSD's packages and ports systems
  • PC-BSD’s kernel has been recompiled with some configuration tweaks to better suit it for desktop use
  • 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.

The rest of this section discusses: