[conspire] New distros: SimplyMEPIS 6.0-1 DVD, GParted LiveCD 0.3.1, PC-BSD 1.2

Daniel Gimpelevich daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Thu Sep 14 18:23:14 PDT 2006

On Thu, 14 Sep 2006 17:16:52 -0700, Rick Moen wrote:

> Quoting Rick Moen (rick at linuxmafia.com):
>> But those are all old-school BSDs, and would not be deemed especially
>> "desktop"-friendly.  For that, one turns to desktop-focussed offshoots:
>> PC-BSD:  The most popular.  Based on FreeBSD; has KDE prebuilt. 
>> Graphical
>>          installer.  Graphical package tool in development.
>> FreeSBIE:   Live CD based on FreeBSD, with HD installer.  Has toolkit
>>             for designing/mastering your own FreeBSD-based live CD ISOs.
>> DesktopBSD:  Installable KDE-oriented live CD built using FreeSBIE,
>> which
>>              is based on FreeBSD.  Graphical package tool.  In general,
>>              is a mainstream FreeBSD with a few extra tools, rather than
>>              having more radical departures as does PC-BSD.
>> RoFreeSBIE:  Installable KDE- or Window Maker-oriented live CD built
>> using
>>              FreeSBIE.  This one is from Romania.  (Thus the "Ro".)
> Just for completeness's sake:
> OliveBSD:  Live CD based on OpenBSD 3.8 with ICEwm and various graphical
>            apps.  However, it's not HD-installable.
> MirOS Project:  Installable live CD based loosely on both OpenBSD
>                 (mostly) and NetBSD (a bit).  Aimed mostly at small
>                 servers and developers' workstations, but "it _does_ come
>                 with KDE or GNOME on request".
> NeWBIE:   Live CD "(Ne)tBSD (W)are (B)urned (I)n (E)conomy", includes
>           desktop apps.  Based on NetBSD 3.0.
> NetBSD Live! CD:  Live CD with KDE and others.  Old:  Based on NetBSD
> 1.5.2.
> There are also a number of other special-purpose offshoots, but that seems
> to cover the "desktop" ones.

To supplement your mention of Free-, Net-, Open-, and DragonFlyBSD, as
well as Freesbie and OliveBSD, I am taking the liberty of mentioning some
you haven't, from links on a web page maintained by a BSD zealot:

FireflyBSD: no working link
TrustedBSD: http://www.trustedbsd.org/
pfSense: http://www.pfsense.org/
Anonym.OS: http://kaos.to/cms/content/view/14/32/

Among the non-distro links on the page is:

These may fall into your "other special-purpose offshoots" category, but I
don't think it can really hurt to lengthen this topic to death. To that end:

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