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 to the community. What some 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.
With the arrival of easy-to-use Linux distributions (another 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, NetBSD, and 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.
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.
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 iXsystems.
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