PC-BSD – Making FreeBSD on the Desktop a reality – Kris Moore

FreeBSD has a reputation for its rock-solid reliability, and top-notch performance in the server world, but is noticeably absent when it comes to the vast market of desktop computing.

Why is this? FreeBSD offers many, if not almost all of the same open-source packages and software that can be found in the more popular Linux desktop distributions, yet even with the speed and reliability FreeBSD offers, a relative few number of users are deploying it on their desktops. In this presentation we will take a look at some of the reasons why FreeBSD has not been as widely adopted in the desktop market as it has on the server side. Several of the desktop weaknesses of FreeBSD will be shown, along with how we are trying to fix these short-comings through a desktopcentric version of FreeBSD, known as PCBSD. We will also take a look at the package management system employed by all open-source operating systems alike, and some of the pitfalls it brings, which may hinder widespread desktop adoption.

This talk was done at AsiaBSDCon 2009

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One thought on “PC-BSD – Making FreeBSD on the Desktop a reality – Kris Moore

  1. Ciprian Pantea says:

    Even though freebsd is so similar to other unixes, it’s very hard to use as a desktop environment in comparison with what is offered today on the market and what the usability trends are… Think Ubuntu and you understand :)

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