PC-BSD is a complete desktop operating system, which has been designed with the “casual” computer user in mind. It offers the stability and security that only a BSD-based operating system can bring, while at the same time providing a comfortable user experience, allowing you to get the most out of your computing time. With PC-BSD you can spend less time working to fix viruses or spyware and instead have the computer work for you.

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Comments (12)

  • Joseph
    August 23, 2010 at 8:55 am |


    I think that PC-BSD is a great package, but I would like to say that the support available for it seems less than optimum.

    I am new to BSD/FreeBSD/PC-BSD and I installed PC-BSD and I was impressed how it looked (no fuzzy fonts like on any Linux distro I tried).

    However, PC-BSD would not keep the correct resolution for my monitor (1680 x 1050) and Flash player in Firefox stops for a few seconds every 5 seconds or so.
    To me this point to a driver issue for the video driver. I have a 865G Intel integrated chip on an Intel P4 mobo.

    So I tried to find answers and this has been my experience:

    When I tried to register on the forums I was told I was considered a spammer. I tried with 2 very valid email addresses and got the same message twice. So I could not post an issue.

    This “you are a spammer” message told me to contact someone. Well I did not see a Contact us link anywhere.

    Then I tried to post a question on the faq and it gave me a php error. Twice.

    Then I searched the knowledge base and I must say it does not have much in it and nothing about my chip etc.

    So this comment is the only way I seem to be able to try and resolve an issue.

    This seems like a great package where obvioulsy people have gone to great efforts to make it great, but have not made it easy to get issues resolved. This IMHO will prevent wide spread adoption.

    If someone could help me that would be great.

    • August 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm |

      Hi Joseph,

      We’re looking into the registration and php errors.

      In the mean time, pop into #pcbsd on irc.freenode.net and we’ll see if we can help you out there.

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    • Marcos Antonio
      November 19, 2012 at 3:04 am |

      Hi, Dru, good morning !
      I`m thinking about to use and learn about PCBSD.
      Hear, in Brazil, I think that no many guys use it.
      I have a Samsung Notebook, RF511, I5, 6 Gb ram, 750 Gb HD.
      It has 2 video cards, a Intel 3000, onboard, and a NVidia 540 M, for heavy graphics.
      I will install PCBSD and will try to configure the video cards. In Linux, we have the `Bumblebee`.
      Many thanks for your attention.
      How can I subscribe this post ?
      A wonderfull week for all !

      Marcos Antonio – Foz do Iguacu – PR – Brasil

      PS. : Escuse me for this ugly english ( Hi !!! )

  • Weaver
    December 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm |

    Fuzzy fonts on Linux *and* PC-BSD says you have your screen resolution wrong?


  • R C
    January 8, 2012 at 2:53 am |

    Try adding a NVidia graphics card to your computer. PC-BSD, Linux and even Solaris Express (Boo) all like NVidia graphics cards. If your computer is older, get the AGP slot type. If newer, PCI-express. 512 video RAM should be fine for most users.

  • Sam
    January 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm |

    Just wanted to say Thank You for PC-BSD. I used to have FreeBSD 6.1 with X running on old PII and PIII boxes @ 400/500 MhZ, but the newer FreeBSD’s seem to bog on machinery that old. I am going to see if PC-BSD will install on one of my old/ancient machines.

  • Don
    August 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm |

    I just wanted to thank the whole team for all of the hard work that has been put into PC-BSD. I have used Windows for over 20 years and tried a few Linux distributions for a little over a year, but PC-BSD just feels like home.

    Thank you again

  • Antron Mulin
    February 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm |

    Thanks for the 10. I am really waiting for more work put into Gnome3. Specifically, I need a working Evolution+EWS solution (sorry, 3.6 doesn’t cut it). This would go a long way of making BSD usable in a cooperate setting.
    Unfortunately, the state of the BSD Gnome3 website really doesn’t highlight trust in this coming soon (last news 19/11/2010 for 2.32? ..although 3.11 is being “worked” on). Anything PCBSD is willing to push?

  • Eugenio Garcia
    April 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm |

    I use FreeBSD for 16 years how desktop, and only now after several years observing the pcBSD project have changed my FreeBSD 10 to pcbsd 10, this is a great project and your work awesome, specially the work of Dru Lavigne with the handbook. Thanks from Spain.

  • Deathfrogg
    May 20, 2014 at 7:08 am |

    bestbuy.combestbuy.comVisited the LinuxFest hosted in Bellingham, WA a couple weeks ago. I am interested in dedicating a laptop to this and dedicating it to the PCBSD. The disc I got at the LinuxFest is the 10.01 Joule release. Thus, I’ve been looking at laptops in general to see what is out there for under around $500. One that has caught my interest is this:


    The specs on the PCBSD seem to call for NVidia graphics, this will not be used for gaming but some CAD-CAM and graphics design as well as a general workstation. Questions are: is this a decent machine for the OS? Are there CAD-CAM applications available?

    If I do this, then I’m gonna need some BSD Devil stickers.

  • James Pannozzi
    June 12, 2016 at 8:07 am |

    Tried PC-BSD 10.3 Desktop Install, first time I’ve tried PC-BSD since my last attempt in 2012.

    Computer – 64 bit Lenovo Desktop Intel i3 processor, 6gig ram, ATI Radeon Graphics card 5000 (1024 onboard ram) Sound ALC-662 chip.
    Atheros wireless

    Install went well, single 500 gig disk ZFS with encryption.

    Sound chip detected but NO sound no matter what I did.
    Plugged speakers into both front and rear green connector, no sound.
    Graphics, perfect, got maximal resolution

    Wireless detected but not working at first – this is what stopped me the last time, but this time I changed the SSID, too a couple of tries, entered the WPA password, still no wireless icon, so I rebooted and then it was working OK !

    Updates via GUI NOT WORKING, nothing happened when I went to click on “Check for Updates” so I did it from the command line, and it worked. I downloaded and installed security updates and one other package which was some thing with a bunch of numbers.

    Then installed WINE, that went OK.

    Lastly, I need to be able to read some HFS+ USB disk created on my Mac. No apparent way to do this, searched for some time. Tried installing HFSPLUS utilities, that installed fine but STILL NO ABILITY TO READ MY HFS+ USB disk. When plugging it in I get a notification that “DEVICE AVAILABLE” but no icon, disk not seen anywhere in dolphin.

    Then rebooted to see if that helped.

    Now system rebooted, I logged in as user and then….NOTHING – blue screen with PC-BSD LOGO, my mouse arrow appears after a while, but no icons. System hung.

    The end

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