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

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Published on May 13, 2009

AsiaBSDCon 2009 Paper Session.


Abstract: 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.
Author: Kris Moore is the founder of the PC-BSD project, and currently serves as its lead developer. He is a strong advocate of promoting BSD for desktop systems. Kris has been working on UNIX based-systems for over a decade, in the areas of networking, data recovery, and application development. He and his family currently live in eastern Tennessee.

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