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 powered by Xfce, LXDE or the GNOME desktop environment. The installer also makes it easy to install a FreeBSD server, as well as a server installation called TrueOS. Below are select screen shots from test installations of all four supported desktop environments.

Before presenting screen shots from specific desktop environments, take a look at five from the installation program, which just happens to be one of the simplest and advanced graphical installation programs available, much better and feature-rich than its counterpart in Ubuntu Desktop.

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This is the first main step of the installation process. Here you can choose what system you want to install – a desktop running KDE, LXDE, Xfce or GNOME, or a FreeBSD or TrueOS server.
PC-BSD 9.1 Installer

The desktop environment or server with its description in the box is what will be installed.
PC-BSD 9.1 Installer

The default file system is UFS.
PC-BSD 9.1 Installer

But you may opt to use ZFS, a file system on steroids. Aside from PC-BSD, OpenIndiana is the other desktop-centric distribution that makes it easy to install a system using ZFS.
PC-BSD 9.1 Installer

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And it’s not just about being able to install a system using ZFS, but also being able to configure some high-level ZFS disk management features like RAID-Z1, RAID-Z2 and RAID-Z3.
PC-BSD 9.1 Installer

Now to screen shots from the desktop environments, starting with KDE.

The default KDE desktop showing the Date widget.
PC-BSD 9.1 KDE Desktop Date Widget

The KDE desktop showing the Kickoff menu.
PC-BSD 9.1 KDE Kickoff Menu

Screen shot of the KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
PC-BSD 9.1 KDE Plasma Netbook

Installed games as seen from the KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
PC-BSD 9.1 KDE Plasma Netbook

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