Originally Posted by Jackrat
I'm planning to download and try out PC-BSD on a 8 Gb USB drive.
1. can I use unetbootin like I do in Linux?
2. will it be bootable (like in "live" Linux cd's/dvd's)?
3. where on the website is there a list of apps that come stock with the download? i.e. office, games, editors, etc.
4. does it include an installer app within the DVD so if I like it I can install it without wiping out one of my Linux installs?
If it's a "live" I can run it and see if I like it before installing.
2) If you download the Live image you should be able to run PCBSD in "Live" mode. If the image is not labeled as a "Live" image, you will have to install before running it. All the different images are available at www.pcbsd.org
3) The "default" applications are dependant upon the desktop environment (DE) you choose to include.
For example (web browser and file manager): KDE includes konqueror and dolphin, GNOME includes epiphany and nautilus, LXDE includes Midori and PCmanFM, XFCE includes (something) and Xfe.
What is more unique about PC-BSD is that you can choose to install any/all of the available DE's to gain access to an alternate DE's built-in applications, even without running that desktop environment.
No matter which DE you choose, you will also have access to the AppCafe, which allows you to add/remove self-contained programs (PBI's) which allow you to tailor your desktop just the way you want without interfering with the base system in any way.
4) Yes, if you run PC-BSD in Live mode there should be desktop icon that will allow you to install to the hard drive.