PCBSD.org has a Freebsd-based desktop environment that is pretty nice.
Two ISO files, and its complete with "office" apps, etc.
I loaded it on a "kiosk" type PC for the lobby of a hotel that we
support, and made an auto-login account with almost no rights, and 1
desktop icon, Firefox, labeled "the internet". I haven't received any
calls about it being trashed with spyware, viruses, cutesy mouse
pointers and screen savers, or just generally fouled up. I mainly put
it there so customers with goofed up laptops who would call to say "the
internet is down" could go there to check their hotmail instead of
The PlugNPlay, I found to be very good, as it detected all the devices
on the 3 or 4 PC's I have installed on.
If you REALLY want to go Linux (non-BSD) then I would vote for Ubuntu
like the others on this list have.
Butch Evans wrote:
I am a FreeBSD guy. Heart and soul. However, I am in the process of
evaluating which Linux distro I want to put on my laptop. I would just
go with FreeBSD, but I want to try this Linux thing...FreeBSD makes the
BEST server platform (no flames, please), but their desktop OS is not
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