PC-BSD 10.1

4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (216 votes)


FreeBSD / Open Source / 10,212 downloads

PC-BSD is a user friendly desktop Operating System based on FreeBSD. Known widely for its stability and security in server environments, FreeBSD provides an excellent base on which to build a desktop operating system. PC-BSD uses a host of popular open source window managers and uses a custom-tailored application installer that puts popular applications in easy reach of users.

Reviews of PC-BSD

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 9.0 Beta 1 (Aug 7, 2011)

    Using FreeBSD for about two years, I wanted to see how much easer it really is to install PC-BSD. Let me tell you, on an older laptop, HP Pavilion dv9000, installation was flawless. I did this about a month ago and I don't know if I want to go back to FreeBSD. FreeBSD does take a lot of tinkering to install, as oppose to PC-BSD, just pop in the dvd and you are done. By the way, this laptop, dv9000, came with Vista – totally useless, nobody was using it, so I took it and turned it into a BSD machine. PC-BSD has the makings of becoming one of the most popular operating systems, ever.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 9.0 Beta 1 (Aug 3, 2011)

    I have been an avid supporter of this project since its 1.5 days and continue to test and use it. 9.0 beta has amazing polish and speed improvements over 8.2. Sadly, FreeBSD hasn't been keeping up with the Joneses (read: Linux) in terms of things like X-Org server, MESA and drivers. There is work being done on getting up to speed with those projects but it is hella slow. But in terms of useability, PC-BSD beats any friendly Linux distro hands down. Great OS for those old workhorse PCs that are not quite ready to retire but still have enough oomph to do Office and basic stuff. Works well on new hardware too if you have NVidia graphics. Still built atop the most stable and secure OS out there.

  3. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 8.0 (May 7, 2010)

    BSD distros are probably one of the best os in world today...I see here some said this is bad this is ugly...bla bla...is MacOS is bad? sure not mac os is one of bsd derivates...so first read, learn etc... then said this is bad or so...bsd was and will be one of the best OS I`we ever try, you guys need just to learn and to be patient and then every os including unix/linux distros will work for you, then you will realize that windowz is...at the end of your favorite list.

    cheers! :)

  4. 1 out of 5 stars
    Phat Esther

    Reviewing 8.0 (Mar 13, 2010)

    Start live dvd ok
    copy image into memory ok
    start pcbsd fine looks simpatic desktop
    connect network cable
    1 minutes nothing happened
    10 minutes nothing happened
    start searching an icon for network wizzard NONE
    go system network config settings NONE

    in 2010 released PCBSD8 an operating system without network connect

    back to win7 - plug cable - tada net working immediatelly
    from pcbsd1-6 fine
    pcbsd 7 not able see live image
    pcbsd8 looks very very nice everything but no has internet

    I not testing this op anymore
    the biggest shame for programmers

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 8.0 RC (Jan 29, 2010)

    PC-BSD OS 7.0.2 is the first in a long while colonized by Microsoft Windows. I found freedom and perfection here. Free from the fear of viruses roaming the Internet, are exempt from the data in the process of caring for defragmenting and registry. And the main thing is free of charge for everything. Next I've felt the PC-BSD 7.1.1 and now starting again with the PC-BSD 8. I also have tried to excellence and perfection of some Linux distributions, but somehow my heart was tied to the PC-BSD. Congratulations to Kris, continue to work for the progress of BSD.

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