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A free Unix-like OS need not be feared as something that isn't accessible or usable on a desktop. At least that's the hope with the latest release of PC-BSD version 1.4.
The release includes a long list of fixes and improvements, with a focus on making the desktop BSD OS easier to set up and use. The official codename for the release is da Vinci, but that doesn't necessarily mean the release is a masterpiece.
"I like to think of it as more of a Renaissance man -- the idea that one OS can be a great server with FreeBSD under the hood, and at the same time allow users to easily surf the Web, or play games like World of Warcraft with only a few clicks," Kris Moore, founder of the PC-BSD project, told InternetNews.com.
Moore noted that while there are a lot of changes and improvements in the PC-BSD 1.4 release, users will benefit most from hardware support and configuration.
"Also our new GUI tools will greatly assist in setting up networking, such as wireless connections, something which had been rather difficult in the past," Moore said. "The X.org GUI tool also allows the user to easily set their screen resolution, and driver with 3D support on the first boot."
The installer in version 1.4 is further improved from its inception in version 1.3. PC-BSD 1.4 no longer needs and "advanced" section to set up firewall and networking, since the release has great GUI tools for this in the OS now. The upgrade process for migrating from prior version of PC-BSD has also been improved.