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Old 08-07-2008, 08:04 AM   #1
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What is best BSD with GUI install?


What of all the BSD Distrose is the best with a GUI instilation? I am used to useing Ubuntu Linux but would like to try useing BSD. My system is a Inspiron 1501 and dose support Linux with some minor tweaking. How would this work with BSD? I was looking at DesktopBSD but not sure if there are otheres with a GUI installer or how well they all work.
 
Old 08-07-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
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Try PBBSD or DesktopBSD.
 
Old 08-07-2008, 03:06 PM   #3
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Try PBBSD...
This was a typo. vermaden meant PC-BSD which can be found at the following:

http://www.pcbsd.org/
 
Old 08-19-2008, 07:58 PM   #4
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I also would recommend PC-BSD, it has a very user-friendly installation routine and a good package management system. PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD.
 
Old 08-20-2008, 12:43 AM   #5
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This was a typo.
True
 
Old 08-20-2008, 06:02 AM   #6
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I have personally had the best luck with PC-BSD for an install. I'm typing this from a Dell Inspiron 1501, but I have not actually tried a *BSD on it. However, you should be able to get help from the Dell page on TuxMobil... similar laptops with *BSD or maybe some of the many Linux tutorials for the 1501 (I wrote one) can help you out.

If you are just looking for a live CD to try and don't necessarily want to install BSD (though I guess that's pretty much pointless, but you can try!), there is Ging, which is based off of Debian/kFreeBSD. It is slightly dated (KDE 3.4) but I just booted it up Sunday or Monday to play with it, so I know it works.

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Old 08-22-2008, 07:09 PM   #7
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What of all the BSD Distrose is the best with a GUI instilation? I am used to useing Ubuntu Linux but would like to try useing BSD. My system is a Inspiron 1501 and dose support Linux with some minor tweaking. How would this work with BSD? I was looking at DesktopBSD but not sure if there are otheres with a GUI installer or how well they all work.
None of the BSDs are distributions. They are operating systems.

Try PC-BSD or DesktopBSD, but the installs are not hard to do on any of the BSDs. You could use binary packages after the installation.
 
Old 08-26-2008, 01:16 AM   #8
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I would go for PC-BSD if you absolutely have to have a GUI install.

If your ok with text-based installation, then I would definitely go with OpenBSD -- my top favorite OS.
 
Old 09-01-2008, 03:01 AM   #9
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You could also try a live-cd which won't require an installation :
http://www.freesbie.org
PC-BSD Live CD
 
  


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