PC-BSD 9.0 TODO List and Some Updates

We’re starting to fill in the TODO list for PC-BSD 9.0 and you can view the list here. As items are marked as DONE, we’ll note them on the blog.

Two items were recently completed by Kris and he has hyperlinked their associated “DONE” with their location in the code repository.

The first is to modify the installer to allow for file-system selection when doing auto-partitioning and making UFS+SUJ the default file-system. If you’re not familiar with UFS+SUJ, it is described as follows by FreeBSD committer Ivan Voras:

The venerable UFS has finally received integrated journalling. Earlier it was possible to use gjournal (in whose making I’ve actually participated in an roundabout way) but it was a bulk-data journalling effort, making no distinction between data and metadata, requiring a large journal. The SUJ mode is an addon to SoftUpdates, extending it to record a very small intent-log journal for the edge-cases where it required a (light version of) fsck. This development makes UFS a fully fsck-less file system in the common case.

The second is the creation of the new pc-controlpanel utility. This is a “system settings”-like application which makes it easy to manage PC-BSD. After running it as root once, you can access any of the other PC-BSD specific GUI configuration utilities, regardless of the desktop environment or window manager being used.

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Written by dru. Posted in 9.0, new features

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Comments (4)

  • September 23, 2010 at 9:04 am |

    I am really excited about the new file system technology. It’s been talked about a fair amount this year and it will be great to see this arrive in PC-BSD.

  • Przemysław Pawełczyk
    September 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm |

    Did I miss something that I cannot find both screenshots and pc-controlpanel’s PBI for testing?


    • September 25, 2010 at 5:04 am |

      I don’t think there will be a PBI… We’ll post screenshots as the code stabilizes. Early testers can grab and compile the code from the svn location.

  • […] Look at New Control Panel Posted on October 8, 2010 by dru Recently we blogged about the new pc-controlpanel. For those who would like an early peek, you can install this utility on an 8.x system. As the […]

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