After completing my engineering (well, almost). I was sitting at home wondering that what should I do to kill some time!! Surfing the net I found out some nice blogs based on WordPress. So I thought, lets setup a blog!! So here it is friends, my first post on this blog.
PC-BSD’s disc was just lying around my computer table for over 2-3 months now. I had installed it before on my old computer. Now, back with a new and much powerful computer and processor, I thought lets install it.
PC-BSD is based on the famous FreeBSD operating system. FreeBSD was created by University of Berkeley. This was the first clone of UNIX. It would’ve been much famous and widely used if it didn’t ran in to some legal troubles. I tried installing it in a virtualized environment and succeeded (Virtualbox FTW!). Here is the current configuration of my computer :-
- Processor :- AMD Phenom II 720 BE @ 2,8 GHz
- Motherboard :- Biostar TA790GXBE on AMD 790 GX chipset.
- 4 GB DDR2 Kingston RAM running @ 800 MHz.
- 250 GB WD hard drive having SATA II interface.
- AOC F22 21.5” full HD monitor.
I earlier installed the new release of Windows 7 RC. It was running like a charm on this computer but was unable to detect the 4 gigs of RAM as it was a 32-bit installation. For the PC-BSD installation, following configuration was created in Virtualbox :-
- Processor :- It shared once processor core with the host machine.
- RAM :- 512 MB RAM was allocated to this machine.
- HDD :- 8 GB image of a virtual hard disk was created for this purpose.
So, I created a disk-image of the OS as it is much, much faster to install an operating system by the help of the disk image. So, just pop in the disc image, and we’re off to a good start. I’ll just show you the screenshots of the installation procedure.
This is the first screen which you’ll encounter after all of your hardware has been successfully detected. PC-BSD almost always detects the correct hardware. The next screenshot follows.
Here, we’ve to choose what kind of installation we want to proceed with. If you have a very fast internet connection (T1 or T3), then it is better to choose the network installation coz it will fetch you the latest software present on the PC-BSD’s repositories.
I assume that most of the people reading this blog have done partitioning for Linux before. Well, guys, its almost the same. you just have to allocate one partition to the ‘/’ directory, where the system will reside, and the ubiquitous ‘swap space’ will ask for its space too. Oh, I forgot to tell you about the user account screenshot, which will be shown after the type of installation step. So here it is :-
User Account Screen
Now, if you’re installing from the DVD then you have the advantage of installing the additional softwares from the DVD itself. And, if you went for the CD installer, then you’ll have to download individual packages from the internet.
Now, after you click on the ‘Next’ button on this step, the installation of the PC-BSD OS will commence. Its fast, very, very fast. It took around 10 minutes to install inside a virtual machine with the above said configuration. So, if you’re installing it natively on a modern computer, it would take around 5-7 minutes.
The desktop :-
After the installation has completed, your computer will reboot into the newly installed PC-BSD OS. It will detect your graphics card, monitor etc. Make sure that you guide it towards the correct version of graphics card and monitor otherwise you’ll mess up the installation. Here’s how my desktop looked like :-
As you can see that the default desktop environment is KDE 4. I don’t know if we can install the GNOME environment on it. I remember there is an option to install the GNOME environment in FreeBSD. You should try Google or maybe Bing :D. The desktop was quite responsive, but KDE tends to crash after loading many components. You should update KDE if you want to use this OS seriously.
Installing the apps were very easy. Just go to www.pbidir.com, select the application that you want to install, download it, double click on it, enter the password and voila, its done!! Yeah, its the same like its distant cousin Mac OS X.
command line :-
Linux fans will slightly regret leaving Linux and trying out this OS. Most of the commands of Linux will work here, but some of the commands are simply not compatible with the OS. Although both Linux and BSD were inspired by the greatest OS ever written, the legendary UNIX. But still there is some difference between the two.
PC-BSD is a great OS. It is quite stable, very easy to use. But sometimes there are certain bugs that get on my nerves. Like KDE crashes, incompatibility with Linux commands (although its not PC-BSD’s fault). Overall, if you’re a normal desktop use who just wants to dive into the world of BSD, then this is the BSD distro for you!!
Rating :- 3.5/5.