Contest: Name the PC-BSD Server Edition

One of the cool new features coming in PC-BSD 9.1 is the ability to install a FreeBSD server (including ZFS, multiple boot environments using ZFS snapshots, and encryption) that includes the command line versions of all of the PC-BSD utilities. You can try a preview version in the latest snapshot or read up on its features in the draft of this section of the 9.1 Guide.

While we could simply call it the “PC-BSD Server Edition”, we’re pretty sure someone can come up with a more creative name than that. For that reason, we’re launching a naming contest. Can you think of a descriptive yet cool sounding name? If so, see the contest details here. The contest opens tomorrow at 11:00 PST and closes at 23:59 PST on June 26th.

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Comments (27)

  • Concurso PC-BSD: Un nombre para la edición « PC-BSD Server » | Gustavo Pimentel's GNU/Linux Blog
    June 12, 2012 at 1:34 am |

    […] Posted on 12 juin 2012 by Gustavo Enrique Pimentel El equipo de desarrollo de PC-BSD abrirá mañana un concurso para buscarle un nombre a la edición « Server » de ese sistema […]

  • Concurso PC-BSD: Un nombre para la edición « PC-BSD Server » | Gustavo Pimentel's GNU/Linux Blog
    June 12, 2012 at 1:34 am |

    […] Posted on 12 juin 2012 by Gustavo Enrique Pimentel El equipo de desarrollo de PC-BSD abrirá mañana un concurso para buscarle un nombre a la edición « Server » de ese sistema […]

  • Marco
    June 12, 2012 at 2:32 am |

    How about a Forums entry all alone for the server edition ?
    There is only NETWORKING …

  • Thomas K.
    June 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm |

    Hi! I find the name “PC-BSD Server Edition” not bad at all – it is descriptive and probably least confusing for the users. Nothing like not having to wonder for 10 minutes which install ISO to get… “PC-BSD Enhanced (FreeBSD) Server Edition” would be fine, too, IMHO. 🙂

    Best regards,
    Thomas Keusch

  • June 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm |

    I think the code name must be same to the current version: PC-BSD – Isotope Server Edition & PC-SBD – Isotope Desktop Edition


    • June 14, 2012 at 4:26 am |

      This makes sense. 🙂

  • June 20, 2012 at 8:53 am |

    What about something like:

    PC-BSD Isotope Power Edition? or maybe PC-BSD Isotope eXtreme Edition?

    or PC-BSD NS (Network Server)

    Greetings form Merida, Yucatan, Mexico The Maya Land! 12/21/2012 is near! 🙂

  • Citizen
    June 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

    I think PC-BSD Server Edition is the most appropriate name. Maybe could be changed to PC-BSD SE or PC-BSDse.
    Other names :
    PC-BSD-TSE – the server edition
    PC-BSD-TDE – turbo diesel , oops, the desktop edition 🙂
    PC-BSeD – server edition
    PC-BSDe – desktop edition

  • Frosty
    June 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    PC-BSD Isotropic

  • David Waring
    June 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm |

    And I always thought FreeBSD was the server edition and PCBSD was an attempt to make Free BSD desktop freindly for us poor mortals??

    • June 23, 2012 at 5:31 am |

      With the improvements to the PC-BSD installer and Warden, FreeBSD can now also be more server friendly while still maintaining the security of a vanilla FreeBSD install. Being able to quickly and easily setup ZFS and encryption during installation (without dropping down to a command line) is advantageous. Post installation, it is handy to have built-in tools for managing jails and their software.

  • rob
    June 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm |

    I too agree with just appending SERVER|DESKTOP to the release name, there really is no reason to complicate matters.

    May I be critical for a moment? (If not, just go ahead and delete this.)

    I have to ask why a server edition? I see your answers above and they are interesting, but at work I am constantly in the position of priotizing and making sure that my engineers get the resources required to to make the most impact on important areas. In short, every dollar spent on X is a dollar denied to Y.

    If I were a voice in the PC-BSD house, I would push for a “Time Slider” type application for use with Dolphin. I would push for integration with Capsicum into all common user applications. These are market differentiators, killer features, things that make regular computer users say “Wow! Who can I give money to to have that.” (Well, not so much with Capsicum, but you get the idea.)

    You’ve done an amazing job with PC-BSD thus far and as soon as Intel Video support is in, it will take over the last of my computers. So many projects think diversity will help them, where here… PC-BSD should be a standout for best desktop on the market, please… pretty please, don’t lose focus.

    • June 29, 2012 at 5:05 am |

      Thank you for adding to the discussion.

      From my perspective, I see the server addition as a natural by-product of the PC-BSD focus. A lot of the tools that are going into the desktop are also useful in a server. For example, as we improve ZFS in the installer and add utils (e.g. for managing snapshots, ZFS properties, etc.), we find that those are awesome features for a desktop but also really useful for a server. The same with Warden: it’s a cool idea that is also very useful for a server.

      It is also a natural ouput for iX which has always sold hardware and provided support for FreeBSD (desktop or server). Offering a way to easily install servers (scripted or through the GUI) and to include the CLI versions of the PC-BSD tools helps to make FreeBSD a more viable option within companies. We’ve found that as PC-BSD has caught on with companies using it for their desktops, their sysadmins have been asking for a non-desktop version that includes the installer and PC-BSD tools for their servers.

      BTW, we are working on a time slider-like util for 9.2 and are watching Capsicum’s progress and looking forward to Capsicum-ized apps.

      • rob
        June 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm |

        Thank you for your reply.

        I do agree that many of the PC-BSD innovations are wonderfully useful for servers and server deployments. I just get worried when I see amazing, but niche, projects take on additional tasks that may potentially detract from the original amazing work they were doing.


    • mato
      July 18, 2012 at 1:25 am |

      And I’d add other must-have features for any decent desktop system — working hibernation, better camera support, video acceleration for nvidia/ati/intel, bluetooth and mobile phone support, etc. All those many features that users of other systems take for granted. (For me personally Mac OS X is a good inspiration.)
      And as Rob said PC-BSD should focus on those features and either work on them internally or contract (with help of the Foundation) other developers.
      Many thanks for all you do and keep focused! 🙂

  • malco2001
    July 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

    I’m not sure I really get the point of the “server edition” either for my uses, at least yet. Only because I have decided to go the extra mile and just install PCBSD on my server to have xdcmp support, etc right out of the box. Although I would get it if I could install a copy of PCBSD straight from the warden. Install stable releases, or alpha’s right through the warden interface, etc, and connect to them from thin clients, or using Xephy or Xnest from remote terminals. Or install thin client servers in the warden, etc.
    Then I could see using using that option on my home server. I’m sure it’s possible, but to do it easily right through the warden would be huge for me.

    I have to say that the direction things are going are outstanding. Allowing a PC-BSD server install and a Vanilla FreeBSD install is exactly the right direction. Personally I would even throw FreeNAS in there as well if it were possible.

    • July 9, 2012 at 8:52 am |

      Running PC-BSD with a remote VNC / xnest would be neat. I’ll add that idea to a list for 9.2 possibly, have to see how difficult it would be to enable that functionality.

  • Brig Young
    July 9, 2012 at 9:43 am |

    Name for the “Server Edition?” Server Edition sure is Descriptive, Informative and Correct.

    I recommend focus on the desktop until the desktop is the best on Earth, otherwise it seems like the project is unstable and changing focus.

    Of course what you guys do with your project is none of my business. My business is choosing which project to use, promote and send a donation.

  • P2O2
    July 10, 2012 at 10:59 am |

    Madam Lavigne

    I’m late, I know. Anyway may I submit something worth rethinking?

    IMHO the whole PC-BSD naming needs a second thought.

    Fibonacci, Hubble, Isotope are either too scary (isotope!), or nerdy (Fibonacci). Not to mention they are not (self) consistent (aka cohesive) withing their scope of names.

    Let’s desktop versions go with Solar System’s planets’ names (then their moons) and server editions with nearby star names. Simple, understandable and easy to remember/recall.


    • November 16, 2012 at 8:50 am |

      Scary? I didn’t study chemistry to be scary! or thought of as a druggo! 😉 Chem names are cool and unique cos they’re original, no one else does it!

  • Walter Hartford
    July 14, 2012 at 5:57 am |

    Same problem here.

    Also, the Xserver doesn´t start anymore. From Xorg.0.log:
    (EE) intel(0): [drm] Failed to open DRM device for pci:0000:00:02.0: No such file or directory.
    (EE) intel(0): Failed to become DRM master.

    • July 16, 2012 at 5:03 am |

      Yes, the Intel should be fixed in BETA1 (due out in the next day or so). Let us know if you try the BETA and it still gives DRM errors.

  • Walter Hartford
    July 20, 2012 at 9:06 am |

    Excellent. Both problems fixed in BETA-1. Thank you Dru. And sorry for posting in the wrong thread.

    • July 24, 2012 at 7:26 am |

      Glad it is fixed!

  • November 16, 2012 at 8:48 am |


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