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I always thought applications install relied on PBIs...
PC-BSD is nothing but FreeBSD with a scripted graphical installer, the PBI system, and a LiveCD. The standard ports are all there, in fact I was just doing some builds from ports last night on the beta (which runs FreeBSD 8).
PBIs are just there to make installing apps quicker and easier. It doesn't involve removing any of the other methods.
Last edited by MBybee; 01-08-2010 at 04:05 PM.
The final release was based on FreeBSD 7.2 and KDE 3.5
Unfortunate, as it was a really nice version.
PC-BSD is still very much alive, and the testing email list for version 8 is quite lively and continues to fill my inbox and give me something to do with my evenings
I won't go for "better", since both have issues. PC-BSD 7 was a real mess in a lot of ways. PC-BSD 8 Beta fixes about 90% of the problems I had, though it's not anywhere near perfect yet.
As far as "reliable/faster/newer", well PC-BSD 8 is based on the latest FreeBSD and KDE (which means improved support for a lot of devices), it has built-in ZFS support, and is still in active support and development. I never tested them against each other in speed, but I imagine that they would be nearly identical. Newer is easy. PC-BSD 8 is newer.