Should I switch from Windows 7 to the FreeBSD-based operating system PC-BSD?

alfred baker April 17, 2011
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Would you consider PC-BSD a good operating system for some someone who is transitioning from Windows 7? No gaming just more or less simple htpc use. Would a NVidia card be plug-n-play like in Windows or more like Linux?

  1. Juan
    April 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    You could just try it, since it's free, but I would recommend using Ubuntu instead of PCBSD. About the nvidia card, in Ubuntu (Linux), it's as plug and play as in Windows (or even easier, since you don't need to look for drivers). In general, BSD has less hardware compatibility than Linux, but if your hardware is recognised by the system, that won't be an issue.

    As I've said previously, just give it a try, and also try an user friendly Linux distro like Ubuntu, Mint, or Opensuse.

    Good Luck!

  2. Anonymous
    April 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

    FreeBSD vs. Linux vs. Windows 2000
    http://www.freebsd.org/marketing/os-comparison.html

    FreeSBIE is a LiveCD based on the FreeBSD Operating system, or even easier, a FreeBSD-based operating system that works directly from a CD, without touching your hard drive. We also develop a simple to use and easily extendable toolkit used for the creation of the CD. This toolkit can also be used to make embedded images a-la miniBSD or nanoBSD.
    http://www.freesbie.org/

    nvidia drivers
    http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=142120

  3. Mike
    April 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I'm not familier with PC-BSD but FreeBSD in general is a solid Operating System.

    As for the NVIDIA Card it depends on the Hardware detection capability of PC-BSD. FreeBSD does have an Open Source driver for those cards (Nouveau).
    Worst case you will have to manually install the driver and make the necessary changes to the xorg.conf.