PC-BSD 9.0 - Isotope Edition - Released

January 15, 2012
PC-BSD 9.0 (Isotope edition) has been released. PC-BSD is a FreeBSD variant operating system that is targeted specifically at desktop users / end users. One of the uniqueness of PC-BSD is its PBIs or Push Button Installers that allow you to install and uninstall applications just like you are used to in Windows.
Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-Release, this is also the first PC-BSD which offers users 4 desktop environments to choose from such as - KDE, GNOME, XFCE, and LXDE.

PC-BSD 9.0 runs well on any machine which has Pentium II and higher processor, 512 MB RAM, 4GB disk space, a sound card, and network card.

Main Features of PC-BSD 9.0

  • Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE 
  • Support for installing a variety of Window Managers, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more.
  • Improved PBI system, allows library sharing, binary diff updating, custom repositories, digital signing and more.
  • Support for "freebsd-update" via the System Update GUI.
  • New Control Panel, providing consistent configuration options across various Window Managers.
  • Improved networking utilities, including wifi quick-connect. 
  • Enhanced "Life-Preserver" utility for doing off-site rsync backups of user data. 
  • New VirtualBox / VMware disk images, with integrated guest tools. 
  • Support for UFS+Journaling out of box 
  • New graphical boot options page 
  • Support for installation to BootCamp partitions on OSX systems.
 Apart from the ones listed above, it also inherits the legendary stability of FreeBSD. You can easily run PC-BSD on the desktop, server, and even your laptop/netbook.

For those new to FreeBSD, the PC-BSD team has published a fairly up to date handbook in EPUB, PDF, and HTML format which you can freely download and read offline.

PC-BSD 9.0 is available for free download via bit torrent or as a regular CD/DVD/USB ISO image.