I am new to PC BSD but not to Linux. By reading between lines in the documentation guide and experiencing it practically I would like to share talk on PC BSD.
PC-BSD is basically FreeBSD with a nice installer, some pre-configuration, PBI package management, a couple pre-selected packages and some handy (GUI) utilities to make PC-BSD suitable for desktop use. As a user of PC-BSD, you don’t have to worry about configuring your system, but rather to simply install it and start working and/or playing with it.
PC-BSD is NOT a Linux distribution. Both FreeBSD and Linux are Unix-like systems, but PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD and NOT on Linux. But there is minor difference between PC-BSD and FreeBSD, PC-BSD is geared towards desktop use, while FreeBSD has been created with server use in mind.
PC-BSD is a different kind of operating system compared to Microsoft Windows. FreeBSD (the base of PC-BSD) has been built with stability and security in mind, and these properties don’t particularly spring in mind when thinking of Windows.
PC-BSD is essentially a customized installation of FreeBSD, and not a forked-derivative. (**From documentation)
• PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD (currently 7.0) and the KDE desktop environment (currently 4.1.1), etc.
• PC-BSD is installed by a graphical installer
• PC-BSD doesn’t have a registry database where all the operating system’s settings are stored, so your computer won’t get slow after a few months’ of use
• PC-BSD is not affected by viruses, spyware and other malware that plague Windows systems.
As I said in my previous blog I am a learner, so if you like to share more about PC-BSD let me know…