I've just read http://gezeiten.org/post/2011/01/Xfc...on-BSD-flavors
blog post along with its comments...all I can say is that amongst GNOME, KDE, LXDE & XFCE I like the latter the most finding it easy enough to be used by users on the level of Windows, while still being non-bloated and pleasurable to be used by geeks.
Otoh, I'm not familiar enough with the BSD culture to be able to decide what is the truth in accussations by Linux people that BSD folks did not participate in creating 'standards'.
Moreover, seeing some advantages of using (PC)BSD on my desktop and putting it on desktop of some more users, I'm slightly concerned what will happen in the future if DE's like XFCE start to drop stuff like HAL by adopting Linux-land-only stuff despite of sacrificing features (in XFCE case it's e.g. automounting in Thunar FM).
Personally I can use mount to mount my USB stick , but this is certainly not to be expected from (many) users for whome the PCBSD is meant.
How does PCBSD team plan to resolve such issues considering that in 9.0 KDE is not any longer THE desktop?
Besides PCBSD, I'm trying to evaluate DragonFlyBSD (hammer as FS seems interesting) since I've heard they have some udev support, but it's not planned, afaict, in FreeBSD...