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DestopBSD Day 2 - First Impressions

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The first day was easy enough and today it is time to wander around a bit on the new default desktop. How is the look-and-feel? What applications are installed by default? How useful is it out of the box concerning music and videofiles?

The KDE desktop

Like PC-BSD DesktopBSD comes with a KDE desktop. I have seen some fine KDE desktops (like SabayonLinux) and some horrible (but let’s not go there). Of course it is very simple to change the theme and other stuff, but first impressions are important to convince potential users.

DesktopBSD is delivering quality here. Some might be able to find fault with the default icon set, which is more than reminiscent of the Mac OS X and Microsoft Vista icon sets (thanks to the NuoveXT set), but overall it has an air of style, of stability. The desktop could have been somewhat cleaner, but having the various shortcuts to the network, to the documentation, the home folder, the systems menu and to software management at hand is actually a good thing for novice users.

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