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14 April 2009, 11:49

PC-BSD 7.1 released

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The PC-BSD 7.1 desktop.
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The PC-BSD developers have announced the release of version 7.1 – Galileo Edition of their open source operating system. PC-BSD 7.1 is based on the 7.2 Pre version of FreeBSD, an operating system derived from BSD UNIX that focuses on security and stability. PC-BSD development is sponsored by iXsystems.

The 7.1 release uses the current version of KDE, 4.2.2, as it's standard desktop and includes version 7.4. A new KDE 4 printer applet is included that allows users to easily add and manage printers and print jobs. The KDE 4 printer applet no longer requires users to use the CUPS web interface. Improvements have also been made to the PC-BSD's System Installer, Wi-Fi and Networking tools. PC-BSD Galileo Edition now includes a native version of the Warden utility, a graphical front end for the creation of FreeBSD jails and virtualised FreeBSD installations.

PC-BSD features a Push Button Installer (PBI) that allows users to easily install a range of applications and the latest version improves self-containment to increase reliability. The Update Manager and Add / Remove Programs tool have now been combined into "Software & Updates". The Nvidia graphics drivers have been updated and Flash 9 stability has been improved for sites, such as Hulu and YouTube. The release also includes new screen savers, window effects and better 3D acceleration.

More details about the release can be found in the release notes and in the change log. PC-BSD 7.1 is released under the BSD license and is available to download. It can be installed from CD, DVD, a USB flash drive or over a local network.

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