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    Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    Hi all,

    For any interested, FreeBSD 9.0 final released Thurday, followed by PC-BSD 9.0, Isotope Friday.

    I was a bit caught out by the speed of the follow up release, so only have a base install of free 9 at the moment. But can confirm I had no issues with the installer using zfs.

    The immediate follow up of PC-BSD Isotope has meant I've been playing with this over the weekend; not much change from RC3, No bugs for me as yet - checked out the LXDE and KDE desktops so far, not tried gnome 2 or XFCE yet.

    Just wondering how others have got on?

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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    I was tempted to try PC-BSD 9 but I see there is an issue with Intel Graphics and 3D acceleration (that should be sorted out by 9.1) so I guess I will wait.


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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    I'm currently downloading it and hoping it will run smoothly in Virtualbox.

    I'll post again to keep you guys updated.
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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    how'd you get on the8thstar? I first tried PC-BSD in a Vbox from a CD and got real graphics issues with KDE, had to use VMWare.. did finish my install of free and added KDE and gnome to test, but have since overwritten.

    Let us know how you got on

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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    Well, I downloaded the VBox image with guest additions installed.

    I chose KDE 4.7. as my desktop environment.

    The system reports several random problems with KWin crashing and desktop effects can't be enabled.

    I failed at reinstalling guest additions from the ISO because there is no executable for BSD (only Windows, Solaris and Linux). Bummer!

    Also, I would like to replace GDM with KDM but I have no idea how.
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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    I would give it a go, but there is no guest additions for vbox. Weird.

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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfen69 View Post
    I would give it a go, but there is no guest additions for vbox. Weird.
    Huh? What??
    I found the vbox file and installed it in my VirtualBox without any problems.

    Here's the link to the downloads page - http://www.pcbsd.org/index.php?optio...item&Itemid=98
    Scroll down and you'll see several installation downloads available.
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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    Quote Originally Posted by TransitMan View Post
    Huh? What??
    I found the vbox file and installed it in my VirtualBox without any problems.

    Here's the link to the downloads page - http://www.pcbsd.org/index.php?optio...item&Itemid=98
    Scroll down and you'll see several installation downloads available.
    Do you have any issues with desktop effects in Gnome and KDE?
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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    Quote Originally Posted by the8thstar View Post
    Do you have any issues with desktop effects in Gnome and KDE?
    Not that I've noticed, when I get around to playing with it.

    I am wanting to learn the ins and outs of BSD and figured I'd get my feet wet by installing this latest from PC-BSD.
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    Re: Free/PC-BSD 9 Released

    I've been a fan of PC-BSD since 7.1 for a variety of reasons. Since 8.2, the installer has been more than impressive. I am particularly impressed with the installer in 9.0. I briefly list a couple of reasons below:

    Choice of installing PC-BSD (desktop) or FreeBSD (server)

    Choice of officially supported desktop environments (GNOME (2), KDE, XFCE, LXDE, etc) You can also choose to install multiple DEs at first install.

    There are a large number of "unsupported" DEs that you can also install (including OpenBox).

    If installing in a virtual machine, you can install VMWare or VirtualBox guest additions as a default package. Also can install drivers by default (eg NVidia)

    Can install compiz as standard

    Choice of shell (eg csh, bash, sh, etc)

    You can choose what packages you include for each DE (eg choose not to install KOffice , etc)

    Multiple users and groups can be set-up at installation.

    All this saves a lot of mucking around after installation.

    (Some of these features have been present before 9.0, but the package now is fabulous!)

    And now the PBI package manager is a lot more mature and has most of the kinds of packages that we would expect in a modern distro (although a few are not quite bleeding edge given the lag for porting).

    And then what a solid system. No deal-breaker bugs. Thoroughly tested prior to release. Released a few months late to ensure this (mainly because of problems with FreeBSD release schedule).

    I think PC-BSD is now at a level where it can really start to compete with the bigger linux distros for the desktop market.

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