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Review: PC-BSD 7.1.1

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PC-BSD is a distribution that tries to both bring Freebsd to the masses, as well as the desktop. Along the way it's had some highs and it's had some lows. But overall it's life has been one of ever increasing favors. So how does the newest version of PC-BSD stack up? Let's see.

Overview

PC-BSD 7.1.1 uses KDE 4.3, Freebsd 7.1 core and kernel, and Xorg server 1.6.1 (aka Xorg 7.4). It also has Firefox 3.5.3 and Open Office 3.

Upon booting, which can take up to a minute the first time around, and 30-45 sec after that, a KDE 4.3 desktop loads, and immediately starts something called Akonadi Server. Not sure what it's fore, but it displays some configurations which linger for a bit, and then go away.

The list of included software with this distribution is impressive. There's a large list of desktop games, a nice collection of graphics utilities, and some great internet apps, including great standbys like Firefox, Gimp and more.

But if those aren't enough, you can install any applications you want either via the PBI installer system, or via the Freebsd ports collection. PBI has improved a lot over the years, and works similar to how MintInstall functions under Linux Mint.

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