Jan
11

End of Life Announcement for PC-BSD 7.x

With the release of version 8.2 just around the corner, and PC-BSD 9.0 slated for later this year, we will be stopping the production of new packages / PBIs for the PC-BSD 7.x series in the near future. Users still running on 7.x are highly encouraged to upgrade to the 8.x series in order to obtain the latest versions of PBI packaged software applications. While new PBIs for 7.x will no longer be built, we will still maintain an archives of the 7.x PBIs on our FTP site for historical purposes:

7.x 64bit PBIs

7.x 32bit PBIs

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Written by dru. Posted in pbis

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Comments (4)

  • JShuford
    January 11, 2011 at 11:22 am |

    Cut” my teeth on this-one! Thank you…

  • […] With the release of version 8.2 just around the corner, and PC-BSD 9.0 slated for later this year, we will be stopping the production of new packages / PBIs for the PC-BSD 7.x series in the near future: End of Life Announcement for PC-BSD 7.x […]

  • February 3, 2011 at 2:07 am |

    Hi Dru!

    It’s an honor for me writing in your (our) PC-BSD blog.

    Only to say that I don’t agree with this. I mean: one thing made me decide to use PC-BSD is old versions’ support: you install a version at home, you don’t have an Internet connection, after a while you need a PBI, go to an Internet Point download it and install! with no dependencies… you live in relax! :)
    but, if you are forced to upgrade… :/

    Is it possible to create a system to automatically port PBIs to older PC-BSD versions?

    Thanks

    • February 3, 2011 at 9:42 am |

      7.x PBIs are still available for installation, they’re just not automagically updated as they are no longer maintained on the PBI build server.

      Here is more of an explanation regarding the process: the PBI build server notices when a PBI’s underlying port is updated and automatically rebuilds the PBI to the new version. If that PBI is installed on your system, Software Manager will tell you that a newer version is available. Since 7.x PBIs are no longer on the build server, this automatic upgrade and notification won’t happen. While that may sound terrible, it should be noted that the underlying FreeBSD 7.1 OS is marked for EOL on February 28. So, if users are happy with their 7.x system as it is, they can continue to use it and install 7.x PBIs. However, if users want to keep their system and applications up-to-date, they should upgrade.

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