Category: pc-bsd

Failed attempts to dual-boot PC-BSD 10.1 with Windows 8

Failed attempts to dual-boot PC-BSD 10.1 with Windows 8

After reviewing PC-BSD 10.1 and installing it on an encrypted hard drive, the next logical thing to do is attempt a dual-boot setup between it and Windows 8 and publish an article showing how to go about it. Unfortunately, multiple attempts to setup such a system failed, so instead of writing about how to set up a dual-boot system between […]

How to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1

How to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1

Full disk encryption is supported in the graphical installer of PC-BSD 10.1, which was released on November 16 and which I just reviewed just three days ago (see PC-BSD 10.1 review). In this article, you’ll read how to install a default PC-BSD 10.1 system on a single hard drive with full disk encryption configured. The installation image I used is […]

PC-BSD 10.1 review

PC-BSD 10.1 review

The last PC-BSD release I reviewed was the 9.1 edition, and that was back in December 2012 (see PC-BSD 9.1 preview). That’s almost two years ago, But that’s because I’ve been very disappointed with subsequent releases after that, so I never bothered to write another review, though I was each testing each release privately. When the first 10.0 edition was […]

What the future holds for PC-BSD

PC-BSD is a multi-purpose distribution of FreeBSD. The last stable release is PC-BSD 9.1. Development and releases tend to be slow and infrequent, and it does not get as much press coverage as Linux distributions. I have been reviewing its major releases since this website was launched, though I’m yet to review the last stable edition. But that review is […]

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

Finally, it’s here! After almost a year since the last stable release, installation images of PC-BSD 9.1 hit a download mirror near you. (PC-BSD is a multi-purpose distribution based on FreeBSD.) And it comes with a lot of goodies, especially for intermediate to advanced users, or for those that want to use with what intermediate to advanced users play with. […]

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

PC-BSD 9.1 beta 1, the latest pre-stable version of what will become PC-BSD 9.1, has been released. PC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. It used to be primarily a KDE-using distribution, but the installer now has options to install a system using other major desktop environments. Aside from KDE, users can opt to install a PC-BSD desktop system […]

PC-BSD 9.1 installer preview

PC-BSD 9.1 installer preview

The latest snapshot release of PC-BSD 9, which will become PC-BSD 9.1, has just been officially announced in the developers mailing list. PC-BSD is a distribution of FreeBSD, or to satisfy those who argue that the word “distribution” does not apply to the BSDs, it is based on FreeBSD. One of the most important aspects of a distribution (there goes […]

PC-BSD 8.2 review

PC-BSD 8.2 review

PC-BSD is a desktop distribution based on FreeBSD. The latest stable release, PC-BSD 8.2, was made available for public download last month. This article presents a review of this latest release. Installation: The installer offers several boot methods. The default is to boot directly into the graphical installation program. There is also a Live Mode option. During several test installations […]

Dual-booting PC-BSD 8.2 and Windows 7

Dual-booting PC-BSD 8.2 and Windows 7

In continuation of a series of articles on dual-booting Linux and BSD desktop distributions with Windows 7, this article presents a step by step guide on how to dual-boot the latest stable release of PC-BSD, PC-BSD 8.2, on a computer with an existing installation of Windows 7. This is a 3-stage process. In stage one, unused space is reclaimed from […]

PC-BSD 9 installer preview

PC-BSD 9 installer preview

The current stable release of PC-BSD available for download is version 8.1. Version 8.2 is due sometime very early next year (mid to late January is the likely release time frame), and version 9 much later. A snapshot release of version 9 has just been made available for download and testing. SysInstaller, PC-BSD’s installation program, will pack more features than […]

How to install PC-BSD on an encrypted ZFS file system

How to install PC-BSD on an encrypted ZFS file system

As a desktop distribution built atop FreeBSD, PC-BSD makes available to the desktop user all the cool technologies inside FreeBSD. One of those cool technologies is ZFS, the Zettabyte File System, a file system developed by Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle Corporation) for the Solaris operating system. ZFS has no parallel in the Linux/BSD world. It packs features that no […]

PC-BSD 8.1 review

PC-BSD 8.1 review

PC-BSD 8.1 was released on July 20, 2010, roughly five months after version 8.0 was released. Some of the suggestions made in the review of PC-BSD 8.0 have been carried out in this latest release. In fact, the changes were made within one month of that review being published. It is an encouraging example of how some distro developers respond […]

Printer configuration and management on PC-BSD 8

Printer configuration and management on PC-BSD 8

PC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. The latest stable version, released just this week, is PC-BSD 8. On most Linux, desktop distributions, a connected printer is automatically configured. On PC-BSD 8, however, getting a printer to work requires manual configuration. To simplify that task, a number of printer management utilities are available. You may access the main printer […]

PC-BSD 8 review

PC-BSD 8 review

PC-BSD is a FreeBSD-based desktop distribution, with KDE as the default desktop environment. It is the most actively developed of the BSD, desktop distributions listed on this site. This review is of PC-BSD 8, the latest stable edition, which was released earlier this week. Installation – PC-BSD 8 sports a redesigned graphical installation program. It is one of the better […]

PC-BSD 8 installation guide

PC-BSD 8 installation guide

PC-BSD 8 is the latest edition of PC-BSD, a desktop distribution based on FreeBSD, with KDE as its default desktop environment. It features a graphical installation program that should be easy enough for anybody to use. However, some sections of the installer could pose some difficulty to those new to the this distribution (and to the BSDs). If you belong […]

PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

PC-BSD is a desktop-oriented, FreeBSD-based distribution with KDE as the default desktop environment. The version due to be released shortly is PC-BSD 8. Because it the only BSD-based desktop distribution that’s in a position to compete with the best Linux desktop distributions, I’ll be publishing a number of articles over the next few weeks to introduce those not yet familiar […]