LinuxHelp has just (22/05/2007) posted an interesting and balanced review of the latest version of PC-BSD. Some of the suggestions for improvement (3-5) will be included in the upcoming version 1.4 (June/July 2007). Though PC-BSD is not a Linux distriution, it’s good to see that a website dedicated to Linux also pays attention to a non-Linux OS.
This is the conclusion of the article:
PC-BSD is turning out to be an excellent alternative to other popular Desktop OSes. After testing and using PC-BSD for some time now, I can’t but admire the sheer amount of work that is put into creating, developing and molding an OS for the lay person albeit with a strong slant towards FreeBSD. The fact that PC-BSD is able to accomplish all the tasks expected by an end user – be it using the Internet for communication, listening to music, watching movies or using it for recreation purposes holds it in good stead as a viable Desktop OS.
Read the whole review here.
Update (23/05/2007): There’s in interesting discussion on OSNews.com regarding this reviews:
- Acquisition of PC-BSD by iXsystems (Oct 2006) hasn’t proved bad after all
- People seem to like the easy of use of PBI installation
- Quite a few happy users (incl. non-techy fathers, mothers, wifes – just the people PC-BSD is targeted at)