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The simplest way to experience a desktop ready FreeBSD





VirtualBSD is a desktop ready FreeBSD release built around the XFCE Desktop Environment 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 no time.

But we also wanted to provide good aesthetics and usability, therefore we added many of the most common applications, plugins and multimedia codecs. In other words, chances are that you will find VirtualBSD very functional "right out of the box".

Intended Audience

VirtualBSD is squarely aimed at people who:

1) Heard about it, but have never tried FreeBSD;

2) Wanted to, but didn't have enough time to build the system from scratch;

3) Used FreeBSD in the past, but have since moved to a different OS and are struck by nostalgia from time to time;

But you know what? We think that FreeBSD really deserves a bigger following, so if we can motivate even a single person to upgrade from this virtual installation to a real one we'll feel that our mission has been accomplished!

Installed Applications

The full list of the installed applications would be way too long (and boring) but here's some of the most notable inclusions:

Firefox 9.0.1

Thunderbird 9.0

Pidgin 2.10.1

Xchat 2.8.8 3.4.4

Gimp 2.6.11

VLC 1.1.13

Transmission 2.42

Miro a.k.a. Democracy Player 4.0.3

Samba 3.4.14

CUPS 1.5.0

Also, we've added a handful of SSBs (Site Specific Browsers) for all-time favorites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Mail, Google Reader, etc. Better yet, you'll be able to add your own quickly and easily.
Last updated on January 24th, 2012
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