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Are there any derivatives of Dragonfly BSD? I was thinking along the lines of PC-BSD or DesktopBSD (pre-built versions of FreeBSD), for Linux examples might be Chakra or Sabayon. I couldn't find any reference on the net, and quite like the sound of Dragonfly, but something along the lines of a LiveCD so I can try it out without going through a full install process
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If you want to actually learn something about setting up a system just use regular old FreeBSD. It's really not that difficult to set up.
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You could try GhostBSD it's based on FreeBSD but comes with gnome and a graphical installer and a live disk too.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=ghostbsd
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Originally Posted by Xylene View Post

If you want to actually learn something about setting up a system just use regular old FreeBSD. It's really not that difficult to set up.

That's the point - I don't want to jump through those hoops at this stage wink.gif
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You could try GhostBSD it's based on FreeBSD but comes with gnome and a graphical installer and a live disk too.
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=ghostbsd

FreeBSD isn't Dragonfly BSD, they use very different kernels - my question was "is there an equivalent of GhostBSD based on Dragonfly rather than FreeBSD?"
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Are there any derivatives of Dragonfly BSD? I was thinking along the lines of PC-BSD or DesktopBSD (pre-built versions of FreeBSD), for Linux examples might be Chakra or Sabayon. I couldn't find any reference on the net, and quite like the sound of Dragonfly, but something along the lines of a LiveCD so I can try it out without going through a full install process
Install to a VM?
Though I think their CD ISO is a live CD. (at least they used to supply a Live CD)
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If you want to actually learn something about setting up a system just use regular old FreeBSD. It's really not that difficult to set up.

These days Dragonfly is quite a bit different to FreeBSD. There's a number of interesting features in DF-BSD that haven't made their way to any other *BSD (let alone F-BSD).

* It has a very different kernel (true hybrid design. Different scheduling model, memory manager and so on).
* HAMMER file system (which is very exciting on paper as it's like ZFS but scaled down better for desktop / embedded devices)
* Application snapshots (which is a radically different method to pre-fetching, as seen on many *nix's)

It's a very exciting project in my opinion and definitely not just another "distribution" of FreeBSD smile.gif
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It's a time/laziness factor, lol
Installing to a VM is where I'd go before installing to a rig, but I wanted a liveCD to test compatibility (BSDs aren't famed for their hardware drivers) and general performance (as far as you can on a liveCD, I'm realistic).

Maybe I'll look into making one, never done it before but there could be a bit of a niche here. But the laziness factor comes back in, haha
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It's a time/laziness factor, lol
Installing to a VM is where I'd go before installing to a rig, but I wanted a liveCD to test compatibility (BSDs aren't famed for their hardware drivers) and general performance (as far as you can on a liveCD, I'm realistic).
Maybe I'll look into making one, never done it before but there could be a bit of a niche here. But the laziness factor comes back in, haha

I've never really had a problem with hardware compatibility on BSD. But then the few times I've ran BSD as a desktop (as opposed to a server), only really needed VESA drivers for graphics, and generic ethernet and sound cards. so nothing too taxing really.
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It's a time/laziness factor, lol
Installing to a VM is where I'd go before installing to a rig, but I wanted a liveCD to test compatibility (BSDs aren't famed for their hardware drivers) and general performance (as far as you can on a liveCD, I'm realistic).
Maybe I'll look into making one, never done it before but there could be a bit of a niche here. But the laziness factor comes back in, haha

I'm assuming you want to see if it'll work with your hardware, here are some links that may help:

http://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/supportedhardware/
http://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/user/DragonFlyOnLaptops/
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Every release is a Live CD. There's also versions that boot to desktop - here's the one from the last release.

http://avalon.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/dfly-i386-gui-2.10.1_REL.img.bz2

The next release is soon, but if you just want to test, I'd go with this or (even better) one of the daily snapshot images, since that will have the best hardware support, and a LiveCD booting will tell you the most about compatibility.
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Cool, I'll aim to give this a try, thanks! smile.gif
Was planning to hold out for V3.0 though, as the RC is out it can't be long now....
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