PC -BSD is a free operating system, together with optimized user interface on the basis of the Unix - derivative FreeBSD. The PC- BSD project has set itself the goal to develop an easy to install and easy to use operating system BSD-based end-user and client computer.

Technical Features

Operation via graphical interfaces

Unlike FreeBSD PC -BSD provides a graphical installation routine, a graphical software installation program. As a working environment uses PC -BSD KDE SC 4, LXDE, Xfce or MATE: The user can choose this at the beginning of the installation. In addition, there is also a wide range of possible working environment, but did not offer the usual tools for managing PC -BSD directly. The spectrum ranges from awesome about Cinnamon and GNOME 3 to WindowMaker.

Package Management

As a standard package management system does not come from the famous FreeBSD ports system to use, but an in-house development, the PC -BSD Packages (file extension: . Pbi ). This focused on ease of use package management system is fully operated via the graphical interface and allows you to install applications without having to worry about dependencies. Thus it resembles the APT concept or in graphic terms the front end Synaptic in Debian and Ubuntu.

In parallel, the ports system is still used, so that a vast application range is achieved through the more than 24,000 packets comprehensive collection of the FreeBSD Project. The disadvantage is that sophisticated, but novice users sometimes have to resort to the ports. The problem is circumvented but there, too, since one uses the DesktopBSD tools that offer a practical manager of the ports. However, the PC - BSD project has expanded its PBI number constantly and then provides this to the PBI project page to download.

Revision history

The first release of PC -BSD (version number 0.5) was released in April 2005.

Since the published September 16, 2008 version of PC-BSD 7.0 followed the same numbering as FreeBSD. The version just before 7.0 was the version number 1.5.x. This version was the first version with 64 -bit support. Previous versions, only the 32 -bit architecture was supported.

Similar to Debian GNU / Linux or Ubuntu each release, in addition to a version number also has its own name as the current version 9.2 " isotope infusion ".

Version History


PC -BSD was originally released under the GNU General Public License (GPL ) because PC -BSD uses the Qt library and the developers were of the opinion that programs that use the Qt library, exclusively under the GPL or the Q Public License ( QPL ) to be published. The GPL, however, contradicts the ideology of the BSD license, in contrast to the BSD license because it provides a strong copyleft. That is, software that has been released under the GPL, must be published at a later processing or further also under this License. This prevents that the original product is recognized unfree. Another difference between the BSD license is here that a programmer who modified and distributed a published under a BSD license, shall not be obliged mitzuveröffentlichen the source code of its changed program. Because most of the free BSD derivatives were published solely under the BSD license and it is not true that programs that use the Qt library, must be released under GPL or QPL, the PC - BSD project decided, as of version 0.7 .5, which appeared in June 2005 to publish their product under the modified BSD license.


On 10 October 2006 the server hardware vendor iXsystems announced the acquisition of PC -BSD. This reference of PC -BSD has the financial and professional support of the PC - BSD project by iXsystems result. In 2007 went a iXsystems a distribution agreement with Fry 's Electronics; PC -BSD 1.4 ( "Da Vinci " edition ) it could be purchased commercially worldwide in the branches of Fry 's Electronics. In January 2008, entered into a similar agreement with iXsystems Micro Center.