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Post Installation Configuration and Installation Troubleshooting

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NOTE:  This is for testing purposes only - do not translate!       This is for testing purposes only - do not translate!       This is for testing purposes only - do not translate!       This is for testing purposes only - do not translate!       This is for testing purposes only - do not translate!       This is for testing purposes only - do not translate!       This is for testing purposes only - do not translate! 

Designed with the desktop computer user in mind, PC-BSD® provides the following features:

  • Easy installation: to install PC-BSD®, simply insert the installation media, reboot the system to start the installer, and answer a few questions in the graphical menus.

  • Automatically configured hardware: video, sound, network and other devices are automatically configured for you.

  • Intuitive desktop interface: PC-BSD® comes with a choice of desktop environments to support your day-to-day computing needs.


  • Easy software management: with AppCafe®, installing, upgrading, and uninstalling software is safe and easy.

  • Lots of software available: in addition to its own software, PC-BSD® can install software that has been ported to FreeBSD (currently nearly 24,000 applications).


  • Binary compatibility: for software that has not been specifically ported to FreeBSD. PC-BSD® can run almost any GNU/Linux application using Linux binary compatability.[1] It is also able to run many Windows applications using Wine.

  • Easy to update: PC-BSD® provides a built-in Update Manager that will notify you of available updates and allow you to apply operating system security fixes, bug fixes, system enhancements as well as upgrade to newer versions of the operating system or installed software.


  • Virus-free: PC-BSD® is not affected by viruses, spyware and other malware.

  • No defragmentation: PC-BSD® hard drives do not need to be defragmented and do not slow down over time. PC-BSD® also supports ZFS[2] which is a self-healing filesystem.

  • Architecture support: PC-BSD® is available for 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

  • Laptop support: provides power saving and swap space encryption and automatically switches between wired and wifi network connections.


  • Secure environment: PC-BSD® provides a pre-configured PF firewall[3], brute-force attack protection with OSSEC[4], and a Host-based Intrusion Detection System with Fail2ban[5].

  • Easy system administration: PC-BSD® provides a Control Panel containing many graphical tools for performing system administration tasks.

  • Professional support: professional email and phone support is available from iXsystems[6].


  1. http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/linuxemu.html
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS
  3. http://www.openbsd.org/faq/pf/
  4. http://www.ossec.net/
  5. http://www.fail2ban.org/wiki/
  6. https://www.ixsystems.com/ix/support/software/pc-bsd-support

New Features / Tools planned for 9.0

Feature Owner Skills Status Completion Date
Allow selecting desktop / optional components at install (KDE/Gnome/XFCE4/Development/Games/Etc) kmoore DONE
Update Software Manager to allow changing optional components on the fly kmoore DONE
Create GUI front-end to new PBI9 format files / pbi-manager kmoore DONE
Allow file-system selection when doing auto-partitioning. kmoore DONE
Make UFS+SUJ the default file-system? kmoore DONE
Merge keyboard layout / timezone / language into single installer page kmoore DONE
Don't make "free space" a selectable option during install, require user to create partition first QT4 - current/src-qt4/pc-sysinstaller DONE
Convert all remaining apps which use KDE API to pure QT4 only. kmoore DONE
Allow specifying the hostname for installed system via the GUI QT4 - current/src-qt4/pc-sysinstaller DONE
Provide option in network manager to disable lagg0 device kmoore QT4 - current/src-qt4/pc-netmanager DONE
Create new PC-BSD specific configuration GUI, which provides access to all other config tools, ala system-settings kmoore QT4 DONE
Create 9.0 Handbook and include offline version with release dru IN PROGRESS
Write manpages for webcamd drivers dru DONE
Geli set passphrase via CLI jpaetzel DONE
Touchscreen drivers mav / kmoore DONE

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