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PC-BSD: Another Alternative To Linux As A Windows Alternative

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IT has been a while since I used one of the BSD family of computer operating systems (read my review of DesktopBSD here) so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the latest version of PC-BSD, v 1.5.1.

In the past two weeks I have done three PC-BSD installs: One in a VirtualBox virtual machine, one on a Compaq Presario desktop machine with a 700MHz AMD Duron processor and 512MB of RAM, and the final install on my Fujitsu Siemens 3.4GHz Pentium 4 machine with 1024MB of RAM.

Each install has gone very smoothly, save for one small issue I noticed when it came to the bootloader installation.

In each of the first two cases I was devoting the whole disk to PC-BSD so I happily accepted the default partitioning options and installed the bootloader to the Master Boot Record (MBR).

But on the Pentium 4 machine I was installing PC-BSD as a dual boot alongside Linux Mint, and did not want to over-write Mint's GRUB boot menu.

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