Preparations for PC-BSD 8.2 (and how you can help)

FreeBSD 8.2 is scheduled to be released towards the end of January, meaning PC-BSD 8.2 will be released shortly thereafter. We’ve started a TODO list for PC-BSD 8.2 and expect this release to be mostly bug fixes and the most recent versions of KDE and the other software that comes with the PC-BSD operating system. Note that most of the new features coming in 9.0 (e.g. multiple desktops, new control panel, new PBI format, etc.) will not be in 8.2. However, Kris will backport the bug fixes that have been made to the System Network Configuration tool and the Disk partitioning screen of the installer so users can take advantage of those changes in 8.2.

There are several ways you can help with this release. We expect to have beta snapshots available in early December and will announce them when they are ready for download. If you have a spare system or virtual machine, install a beta version and let us know if you come across any problems. We’ll have full instructions for reporting bugs when the beta releases are announced.

Another way you can help is with the Handbook. Starting in 8.2, we plan to include a “release” of the Handbook with the operating system. We also hope to start on translated versions. While work has been steady on the Handbook, there are still many sections that need to be written and proofed for readability and usability. From the Handbook‘s preface:

This is the wiki area for the collaborative editing of the PC-BSD Users Handbook. The Handbook grows into a useful resource when users (meaning you!) contribute to it. You don’t have to write large sections of the Handbook in order to be a contributor. You also don’t need to have a lot of time on your hands. You simply have to create a login account in order to assist with any of the following tasks:

* proofread existing pages and fix any typos, grammos, or unclearly worded sections.

* add to sections containing missing, outdated, or incomplete content.

* update any screenshots that are out of date.

* every page has a Discussion tab. You can use this if you would like to suggest further information that should appear in that section of the Handbook.

* create a new section for content that is not yet covered in the Handbook. If you are not sure where to do this, ask on a semi-related Discussion tab.

We are emailed whenever edits are made and will contact you for clarification if an edit is unclear. You can also be notified when specified pages are edited–simply click the “my preferences” or “my watchlist” links whenever you are logged into the wiki.

Beginning with PC-BSD 8.2, the contents of the wiki will be generated into a “released” version of the Handbook that will be included with that PC-BSD release as well as made available in HTML and PDF formats. Once the Handbook is released, the wiki version will be updated to include changes being made to the next version of PC-BSD. This means that, over time, separate Handbooks will be available for each release. For those familiar with FreeBSD terminology, consider the wiki version of the Handbook to be “CURRENT” or “HEAD”.

Let us know if you are interested in translating the Handbook. We will “freeze” the Handbook during the RC phase of a release to give time for translation work.

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Comments (9)

  • […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Andrey Fesenko, PC-BSD. PC-BSD said: Preparations for PC-BSD 8.2 (and how you can help) […]

  • November 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm |

    You can count on me for a detailed review.

    • November 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm |


  • November 18, 2010 at 5:03 am |

    It might be helpful if the developers could post of list of specific items to test. There’s probably some areas of focus we could address when looking at the 8.2 release? Sure, it’s good to just run the system and report any problems as the come up, but it would be great to have a checklist of special interest items, things that have notably changed since 8.1.

    • November 18, 2010 at 5:10 am |

      Good point and we’ll work with Kris to put together a list to include when the beta is announced. There won’t be much change for 8.2 and there will be many changes for 9.0

  • tigersharke
    November 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm |

    I really like the direction that the handbook is taking, ie. the wiki being the CURRENT and a generated copy of the wiki included with each release. I hope to have a normal Internet connection again soon so I could be more able to help with it and other 8.2 things.

    • November 22, 2010 at 6:16 am |


  • frankie
    January 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm |

    seems that the pcbsd 8.2 beta release can’t mount ext4 filesystem, will the final release add the feature?

    • January 11, 2011 at 5:48 am |

      AFAIK, ext4 support in FreeBSD is read-only and non- journaled. There was a SoC project last year to add extensions that could support other functionality (e.g. write). Not sure what happened with that code:

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