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ReeceTarbert (893612) writes "VirtualBSD 9.0 is a desktop-ready FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE built around the XFCE Desktop Environment for good aesthetics and usability, and is distributed as a VMware appliance (that can also be made to work with VirtualBox) so even non techies can be up and running in minutes. The most common applications, plugins and multimedia codecs are ready since the first boot and chances are that you'll find VirtualBSD very functional right out of the box.
However, it should be noted that VirtualBSD is more a technology demonstrator than a fully fledged distribution, therefore is squarely aimed at people that heard about FreeBSD but have never tried it, didn't have enough time
to build the system from scratch, or have since moved to a different OS but still need their FreeBSD fix from time to time." Link to Original Source top
ReeceTarbert (893612) writes "VirtualBSD 8.1 is a desktop ready FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE based on the Xfce 4.6 Desktop Environment distributed as VMware appliance to let you try FreeBSD as quickly as possible. The best part? Not only are the most common aplications available out of the box, this is a genuine FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE, which means that if you go past the desktop you'll be dealing with The Real Thing. The even better part? At long last there's a tutorial to explain how to run VirtualBSD in VirtualBox!" Link to Original Source top
ReeceTarbert (893612) writes "If you are curious about FreeBSD but don't have the time or the resources to install it and customize it, VirtualBSD might be right for you: it's a VMware appliance based on FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE that comes with the Xfce 4.6 Desktop Environment and some of the most common applications so it can be used right out of the box. The best part? This is a genuine FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE, which means you can either stick to the desktop or dig around in the knowledge that you are dealing with The Real Thing. If the screenshots whet your appetite why don't you got to the download page and grab the torrent file right away?" top
ReeceTarbert (893612) writes "At the 2009 JavaOne conference Sun unveiled the first public demonstration of the Java Store and, according to Java's creator James Gosling, if this store realizes its full potential it will make the Apple's App Store look like a "rounding error". Big words for sure, but eWEEK's interview is revealing, especially when the possible Java Store policies are discussed: "The one we built that I liked the most was one where the software is always free to download, but the software and the right to use are independent things. And what you buy at the store is not the software; you buy a right to use. So you get a little license token. And we built a license management server. So when you say 'buy that,' what you get is a license token."" Link to Original Source top
A taste of FreeBSD, virtual style, with VirtualBSD
ReeceTarbert (893612) writes "If you wanted to try FreeBSD but didn't have the right hardware, or enough time to make it useful on the desktop, VirtualBSD might fit the bill: it's a VMware appliance based on FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE and features the Xfce 4 Desktop Environment and a few of the most common applications to make it very functional right out of the box. If you're curious you can have a look at the screenshots, or proceed to the download page and grab the torrent file right away. (Note: VirtualBSD also works in VirtualBox 2.x as long as you create a new virtual machine and select the virtual disk from the archive instead of creating a new one)." top
ReeceTarbert (893612) writes "VirtualBSD is a desktop ready FreeBSD 7.1 RELEASE based on the Xfce 4 Desktop Environment and is distributed as a VMware appliance. The intended audience is people with VMware Player or better who:
Have never tried FreeBSD so far;
Wanted to, but didn't have the right hardware;
Used FreeBSD in the past, but have since moved to a different OS and are struck by nostalgia from time to time;
Many of the most common and useful applications are ready to run, and the desktop has been styled to look a bit like Mac OS X. Interested readers can download the virtual appliance via BitTorrent, while the curious can just check the screenshots."
ReeceTarbert (893612) writes "Although Windows Vista provides a built-in benchmarking solution to assess component and system performance, the guys at Tom's Hardware are cautioning users that: 'the Windows Experience Index is welcome, because it helps provide a general impression on of component and system performance and capabilities. It cannot, however, replace traditional benchmarking, due to its limited benchmarking horizon'."