History of PC-BSD

The first beta of PC-BSD® consisted of only a GUI installer to get the user up and running with a FreeBSD 5.3 system with KDE3 pre-configured. This was a major innovation for the time as anyone wishing to install FreeBSD would have to manually tweak and run through a text installer. Kris Moore's goal was to make FreeBSD easy for everyone to use on the desktop and has since diverged even more in the direction of usability by including additional GUI administration tools and PBI packages.

 PC-BSD 10.0 - Joule Edition

PC-BSD 10.0 - Joule Edition

PC-BSD's 10.0 Joule edition continued to push the envelope for cutting edge technology by focusing strictly on being 64 bit.  The PC-BSD team focused their resources and made full use of the ZFS file system with Boot Environment's instant snapshot feature.  New FreeBSD driver packages for ATI brought in a slew of new compatible video cards for use in PC-BSD.

Became 64 bit only and added ATI support

PC-BSD 1.3

PC-BSD 1.3

Version 1.3 was the first version of PC-BSD to be offered in an official physical format - a two CD set. Version 1.3 was based on FreeBSD 6 and boasted a graphical installer, auto update system, and professional support services.

Added fluxbox and an all-new installer
PC-BSD 1.4 - Da Vinci Edition

PC-BSD 1.4 - Da Vinci Edition

Da Vinci Edition saw PC-BSD's first commercial distribution agreement. Fry's Electronics and Microcenters nationwide began to carry PC-BSD alongside other mainstream operating systems.

Added or improved many minor utilities for a more complete desktop experience.
PC-BSD 1.5 - Edison Edition

PC-BSD 1.5 - Edison Edition

The 1.5 Edison edition focused on connectivity improvements, like Bluetooth, WiFi, and the Firewall Manager.

Introduced the System Updater, to keep PBIs and Operating System alike up-to-date.
PC-BSD 7.0 - Fibonacci Edition

PC-BSD 7.0 - Fibonacci Edition

With the upgrade to FreeBSD 7.x, it was decided to parallel FreeBSD's numbering scheme instead of maintaining a separate one. The 7.0 Fibonacci edition's greatly improved hardware support made PC-BSD accessible to much wider community.

Added support for a number of additional filesystems.
PC-BSD 7.1 - Galileo Edition

PC-BSD 7.1 - Galileo Edition

The 7.1 Galileo edition added VMWare optimizations and dozens of software updates and bugfixes. A number of other software packages received configuration updates, making the user interface more consistent and attractive.

Improved driver support and updates to included software.
PC-BSD 8.0 - Hubble Edition

PC-BSD 8.0 - Hubble Edition

The 8.0 Hubble edition featured an all-new look and feel and many new optimizations to the desktop experience, particularly software and system installation.

Introduced Life Preserver backup utility
PC-BSD 9.0 - Isotope Edition

PC-BSD 9.0 - Isotope Edition

The 9.0 Isotope edition showcased improved utilities all around the board for PC-BSD.  This included wi-fi quick connect, improved network manager, and upgrading life-preserver.  The installer received a much needed overhaul to help streamline graphic installations.

Streamlined installer and improved utilities

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