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PCBSD 1.5 is out, get faster in 64 bit

From PCBSD press release :

iXsystems Announces Release of PC-BSD Version 1.5, Edison Edition

Release features AMD 64-bit as well as 32-bit processor support


iXsystems announced today the release of PC-BSD Edison Edition. PC-BSD is a fully functional open source desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.3-STABLE. FreeBSD is one of the most used UNIX-like operating systems in the world and is widely renowned as the most stable and secure server operating system. PC-BSD has a Push-Button Installer (PBI) wizard developed exclusively for PC-BSD that lets users download and install a wide range of available applications in a self-extracting and self-installing format.


Due to its quick and easy installation and ease of use, PC-BSD is becoming increasingly popular not only for individual desktop users but also for large-scale implementation projects. A school in Poulx, France recently deployed PC-BSD in 13 classrooms with 300 students with resounding success. PC-BSD was brought in to replace the “dominant OS” (hint: it wasn’t Linux!) According to Marie Walrafen, whose firm was charged to lead the rollout in the schools, “Installing PC-BSD was…our only offer. We said we could only offer support and training on PC-BSD because we simply believe FreeBSD to be the best system available and PC-BSD a perfect tool for all basic needs and especially fit for the use of a school. Secure, reliable and easy.”


Highlights of the Edison Edition include availability of an AMD 64-bit version for faster performance on hardware currently running 64-bit intel or athlon processors. Other new built-in features include Xorg 7.3, KDE 3.5.8, a new system updater tool, improvements to the PBI Removal and WiFi tools, BSSID support and improved SSID support, a new sound detection program, and a new PBI icon preview library.


The availability of 64-bit processor support translates into faster performance for those users currently running 64-bit athlon or intel x86_64 systems”, says Kris Moore, Director of PC-BSD Software Development. “This support, coupled with the other new features found in this release, ensures that PC-BSD Edison Edition will be the most advanced desktop operating system of its time.”

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