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 Post subject: FreeBSD vs PC-BSD
PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:30 pm 
Little Foot
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can anyone tell me the difference?

Does freeBSD have a desktop environment?
I know that PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD but I not sure which one to try out?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:22 am 
TravBv2.0
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FreeBSD and PC-BSD are both based on BSD.

It was a while ago, but I remember reading about how user-friendly PC-BSD was. I believe it's like the Ubuntu for BSD. FreeBSD I think is more comparable to Slackware. I've never really tried it, so I can't say first hand.

I've always stuck with my SystemV-type systems like Solaris and Linux.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:41 am 
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PC-BSD is FreeBSD for dummies.

Google can explain all. Try searching for "FreeBSD vs PC-BSD"


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:43 am 
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ok then I guess I will go with pcbsd as long as it has the freebsd backend underneath the gui somewhere


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It won't have FreeBSD beneath the GUI. They both use the same kernel, and probably share the same or similar basic programs.


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I'm on the mailing list for PC-BSD so here goes:

PC-BSD: FreeBSD "under the hood", there is a PC-BSD layer, so to speak that includes the PBI management, user configurations and many very useful tools that help you configure advanced technology like pf (firewall ported from OpenBSD) very easily. The GUI of choice is KDE 4.x and the operating system (PC-BSD), is very easy to install and use. Kris Moore, the PC-BSD leader, uses his Dad as a test person when designing tools and installers.

PBI management is heavenly!


FreeBSD: It's a fork from the original 386BSD and AT&T UNIX code. If you install this, I hope you are familiar with UNIX CLI and the general structure of the UNIX file system. If you go this route, let me know and I can help you configure a FreeBSD desktop with gnome (or KDE) if you'd like. I'm running off of such a machine right now.


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