The DesktopBSD Tools are a collection of applications designed to make life easier and more productive. Even inexperienced users can perform administrative tasks such as configuring wireless networks, accessing USB storage devices and installing and upgrading software.
The K Desktop Environment (KDE) provides an easy-to-use interface while offering powerful functionality for both new and professional users. The DesktopBSD Tools are well integrated into KDE for a high level of usability.
With its graphical package manager, DesktopBSD offers a simple way to install, upgrade and uninstall software using FreeBSD's package collection (called "ports"). There are about 16.000 packages currently available, containing everything from browsers and instant messengers to media players, office suites, science applications and much more. An up-to-date list of packages can be viewed and searched on the FreshPorts Web site.
Stability and Performance
DesktopBSD is based on FreeBSD, which is one of the most reliable and robust operating systems in the world. The development of FreeBSD (and therefore DesktopBSD) is highly focused on performance. The system manages resources efficiently and reacts quickly even when many processes are running simultaneously. This also affects networking, so DesktopBSD tries to use the available bandwidth optimally.
When it comes to security, the BSD operating systems are world class. OpenBSD for example had only one remote hole in the default install in more than nine years. DesktopBSD benefits from the work of other BSDs, such as OpenBSD, and passes that advantage on to you.
Hardware requirements and support
DesktopBSD can run on any decent i386-, AMD64- or EM64T-based computer. We recommend at least 6 GB of disk space and 256 MB memory for installation.
For specific hardware components supported, please see the FreeBSD Hardware Notes for i386 or AMD64/EM64T.
Users with laptops often wonder if their specific model is supported by DesktopBSD or FreeBSD. Please have a look at the FreeBSD Laptop Compatibility List (FLCL). The FLCL lists all the laptop brands and models in which FreeBSD has been installed successfully. Please note that the FLCL may be partly outdated or incomplete as newer FreeBSD versions are available. We ask that you update it if you have had success installing DesktopBSD.