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.
The desktop environment or server with its description in the box is what will be installed.
The default file system is UFS.
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.
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.
Now to screen shots from the desktop environments, starting with KDE.