Forget all the features common to other unix/linux distros, PBI is the main reason that will make PC-BSD prevail.
As you know, PBI is similiar to windows EXE instalation files - in that way, PBI packages are self-contained, and do not rely on numerous system dependancies.
The word is: Make it simple.
More people will use this OS, it will not be difficult to install a program, so many windows users will also feel confortable, specially those with no experience on this kind of environments.
To get more support for our system we need to "mount" a kind of marketing campaign.
I suggest whenever you make a PBI or need one to contact the creator of that program or the manufacter of that product. (You may use the examples as templates.)
I am a PC-BSD user (a OS built on the FreeBSD operating system). PC-BSD has a PBI system - which lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting & installing format, similar to InstallShield® on Windows®.
I've managed to create a PBI for your product which I send (see attachment).
There is also a PBI creator (see useful links), I ask you for in the future to release your products in this format. It will make them avaiable faster to our community and so more people will use them.
(pbi repository) -> you may download pbi creator there
I recently bought your product (ex.: a graphic video card), which has a great support and drivers for windows XP. But I am also a user of PC-BSD
(a OS built on the FreeBSD operating system).
In order to get the most of your product, I would like to have drivers avaiable for this OS.
PC-BSD has a PBI system - which lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting & installing format, similar to InstallShield® on Windows®.
It would be easy to make them avaiable in your site, because there is also a PBI creator avaiable (see useful links).
(pbi repository) -> you may download pbi creator there.
In our "marketing campaign", the objective is to make publicity this feature of PC-BSD, and to inform manufacters all over the world that there is a free alternative OS as easier as Windows, where their products may find a place. (Just don't forget to be polite)
Our community will be great.