PC-BSD for Ubuntu users

Dru Lavigne has followed up her quick comparision of Kubuntu vs PC-BSD with an article titled “PC-BSD for Ubuntu Users

Ubuntu is known as Linux for Human Beings, because it’s driven by the philosophy that “software should be available free of charge, software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit” .

PC-BSD, on the other hand, “has been designed with the casual computer user in mind. Installing the system is simply a matter of a few clicks and a few minutes for the installation process to finish. Hardware such as video, sound, network, and other devices will be auto-detected and available at the first system startup. Home users will immediately feel comfortable with PC-BSD’s desktop interface, with KDE 3.5 running under the hood. Software installation has also been designed to be as painless as possible, simply double-click and software will be installed”.

Having used both operating systems extensively, PC-BSD is the one I recommend and the one I install in desktop environments. If you’ve used Ubuntu before, but haven’t tried PC-BSD, give it a try. The increase in responsiveness (i.e., everything seems to just run faster) and ease-of-use will surprise you.

In this article, I’ll compare Ubuntu 7.04 (Fiesty Fawn) with the (as of this writing) upcoming release of PC-BSD 1.4.”

Dru deals with the following topics

  • Installation
  • Window Manager
  • Installing Software
  • Running Windows Applications
  • Common Tasks
  • Keeping Up-to-Date
  • Getting Help

and she summarises the article
“PC-BSD provides a fun, easy-to-use desktop operating system with the added benefits of stability and security. Better yet, the price tag is free! If you haven’t taken PC-BSD for a test drive, what are you waiting for?”

Read the whole article here


  1. Keith Leonard says

    Not in for

    gnome / KDE debate. But, I’ve worked with TrashDos on M100, DOS since 1.??, Linux since .9 from SLS and FreeBSD since 2.1.5, Windoze since 2. FreeBSD (and

    PC-BSD) might be great for people that either have working knowledge ,or want to learn, BSD flavor of U*ix, but for a novice Ubuntu can’t be beat (yet!).

    PC-BSD (even latest incarnation) has failed to install or taken sharp left turns on stock off the shelf systems that the average buyer might


    Ubuntu on the other hand wants to do it all for you, and in many ways makes Windoze look difficult to work with. As you might be able to tell

    from email address I don’t really favor Linux. I’ve always described BSD like fresh pole beans where as I think of Linux as mashed potatoes. BSD is sharp,

    crisp and lean where as Linux tastes great but leaves you feeling heavy and the response is soft and mushy. But with the vast population satisfied with

    Windoze Ubuntu Linux is the best move for ease of installation, ease of configuration and ease of updating.

    The above is just an opinion, but I’ve

    installed almost everything (except BeOS) and really like FreeBSD in general, but again for the novice (which the installation system is really for) Ubuntu

    (in all it variations (Kbuntu, Xbuntu, Unbuntu ) is the easiest, fastest (yes even on an AMD64 or P4 or P3) than PC-BSD.

    That said, I would really like

    BSD to come out of the ivory tower and get down in the mud with the rest of the systems – this doesn’t mean it has to give up it’s greatness, just it’s

    steep learning curve just to install…

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