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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.
 
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.
  
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 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 is basically a pre-configured FreeBSD with a graphical installer, graphical 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 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:
 
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 is installed by a graphical installer rather than a text based installer
 
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* the PC-BSD installer supports additional features such as configuring ZFS and encryption during installation
 
      
 
      
* PC-BSD installs a number of pre-installed applications
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* PC-BSD’s rc.conf and sysctl.conf have been tweaked for a desktop environment
 
* PC-BSD’s rc.conf and sysctl.conf have been tweaked for a desktop environment

Revision as of 11:03, 25 August 2011

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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, 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 is basically a pre-configured FreeBSD with a graphical installer, graphical 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 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 manager 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’s rc.conf and sysctl.conf have been 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.

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