Review: PC-BSD 1.5

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BSD

PC-BSD, a strong contender for the top desktop distribution out there, has once again grown, going from version 1.3 to 1.5 in just under a year. In that time it's grown, prospered, and had it's fair share of growing pains as well. But version 1.5 is only one subversion up from the previous version 1.4 that we reviewed. So what makes version 1.5 better than its predecessors and worth a look from us? Well, let's have a look.

Installation

Well, one thing I have to give credit to the developers of PC-BSD, the install works just as good as before. Overall the install is pretty painless like before. Very new user friendly in every way, which is good. Sometimes that degrades and becomes complicated or obfuscated over time. This hasn't.

The Main System

One of the biggest reasons I believe that the developers chose for going with a new version of PC-BSD, was that they wanted to take advantage of all the improvements that have come along in the Open Source world in the last six months. Some amazing things have come down the line that would easily justify a new version just to take advantage of those. Especially the improved Xorg libraries, KDE improvements, the QT development platform and more.

But did these new improvements really help?