PC-BSD 7.1 brings FreeBSD Warden to the desktop
The new release is built from FreeBSD 7.2 which just hit beta last week, and uses KDE 4.2.2 as its desktop.
This release has a few incremental improvements including an improved installer, package management, Wi-Fi and networking tools.
There is however at least one feature in PC-BSD 7.2 that I haven't seen before. Galileo includes something called 'Warden' which is a utility for FreeBSD server setup. More specifically it can be used as a graphical front end for virtualized FreeBSD instances -- or jails.
According to iXysystems (which since 2006 has 'owned' PC-BSD), "The Warden makes jail creation and management accessible to a greater number of users, and provides a secure and isolated environment for all sorts of uses, such as a mail server, database server, or webserver, to name a few. Warden configurations, called Inmates, can be used to instantly load pre-configured jails into the Warden."
That's pretty neat in my opinion and could be the use case that helps to but PC-BSD
7.2 on more enterprise desktops as an admin tool for FreeBSD servers.
With the incremental improvements to existing features, it all amounts to a solid and easier to use version of PC-BSD than past versions. It's part of a trend that I've seen consistently building with PC-BSD since at least the 1.5 release.