PC-BSD 10.0.1 – review

With some unchanging facts – 1) I´m lazy, 2) I want many things working out-of-box on operating sytem levels – the world of BSD is a little bit closed to me 🙂 GhostBSD meets my requirements for many years and I can surely not forget about PC-BSD. Of course in any adventure with BSD you should know development trees of UNIX systems.

Let´s start

Small philosophy lessons at beginning – what can force me to move from linux to BSD? Many people will stand on linux at any cost. Same dogmatism can be seen within Windows users, remember? 🙂 Ok, so if you´re angry with endless – finding hole – fixing hole, many many developers with many many idiotic blunders in their code…. shouting on display when you can see kernel fix, fixing dividing by zero…. Maybe this „code jungle“ in linux world would be enough for you. Maybe the only way is to join BSD world 🙂

PC-BSD announced 10.0.1 during 14.3.2014. This release fixed many bugs + updates big packages (KDE is now 4.12.2). Basic features:

– KDE as basic window manager (you can also choose many others:


– good Windows mechanism integration (LDAP/AD, Samba)

– PBI package system (including GUI)

– 2 in 1 – PC-BSD (desktop adjusts) x TrueOS (server adjusts)

– hybrid iso file (can be burned or used with USB flash drive)

– extremely stable and smoothly running (tested on DualCore 1.86Ghz, 2GB RAM)

– most advanced non-beta (greetings to BTRFS developers 😉 ) file system ever – ZFS

– good documentation, talkative community



You have two options for installing this OS into your machine. Graphical + text install. I tried both, graphical is for most lazy people who wants to install systems with default options due few clicks. Text install seems more logical for me:


Now after clicking on default option, setup process will run.

For checking installing options /chosen by installer/ you have to edit them:

In disk option is hidden also bootloader (GRUB or BSD Loader). ZFS layout is very interesting, you can adjust it or just (better) read about ZFS hundreds of pages and recognize that this setup is fine tuned 🙂

Next thing worth to check is viewing install script. Voila:

For editing just quick reminder that you exit the vi with  :q! command 🙂 After clicking on install option, install process is started:

Installation process lasted 8 minutes. After reboot into graphical environment I was asked about basic information (language, time zone, hostname, root password, new user name and password (with an option to encrypt home directory). After inputing values, kdm is restarted and im able to log-in commonly:


Text x graphical install differencies

I was very surprised that text mode offers less information to setup. I can´t find any option for installing virtualbox tools for example. In graphical envrionment virtual guest was nicely detected – and i was also able to setup VMware Tools in addition. Similar situation – i couldn´t find any option for installing MATE instead of KDE window manager.



PC-BSD 10.0.1 with MATE (through graphical installer)