PC-BSD 8.2 Released

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE, and KDE 4.5.5

Version 8.2 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. Some of the notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.2-Release
  • KDE 4.5.5
  • Added ability to select file-system type and encryption during auto-partitioning
  • Able to toggle between MBR/GPT partitioning
  • Various bug fixes to the wireless / network managers

Version 8.2 of PC-BSD is available for download from the website as well as via torrent.

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  • aleksander
    February 25, 2011 at 4:48 am |

    Are there problem with dualboot PCBSD/windows 7???
    I would like use but i have need windows too…
    With opensuse its all ok.

    • February 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm |

      That is the setup I have on my system. You’ll need to have a second primary partition to install into–if you don’t, you can create one using a tool such as parted magic as this needs to exist before starting the installation. The installer will show your 2 Windows partitions (a small recovery partition plus the one with your Windows system)–just be careful not to install there 🙂 If you select to install the PC-BSD boot manager, it will place Windows into its boot menu for you. Note that you use F2 to boot Windows (not F1 as that is the recovery partition). An example can be seen at http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/FreeBSD_Boot_Manager.

      • aleksander
        February 26, 2011 at 1:26 am |

        Great! Thx!

  • mato
    February 27, 2011 at 12:46 am |

    PC-BSD Handbook in section “Writing an IMG File to Flash media” suggests using bs=5k for dd(1). That gives in my case (MacBook Pro, SanDisk 4GB) throughput of about 700 KB/s. However, using bs=102400 gives me a boost of about 5x (3-4 MB/s). I’m not sure whether this would be the case for everyone, likely not, but you can surely check out a few setups (different computers and flash medias) and amend the handbook accordingly.

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  • mato
    February 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |

    Hi. I’ve got a very fresh experience, upgrading 8.1 to 8.2 for a friend today, x86-USB.

    First, I booted into installer and chose Upgrade. After some initialisation it started uninstalling old packages and at linux-f10-ant (or something like that) the system froze. Very suspicious because it had never done so before. I retried, then tried acpi off and safe mode, unplugging peripherals, but it always ended up dead at the same step. Unfortunately, at that point the original system was already unbootable. So I booted into Live mode but when I started installation there it froze too. Then I used Live mode to get data to external disk via command line. Another complication was that in Live mode NTFS is not mounted via ntfs-3g, so not writable. Too tricky for normal users sort out.
    After all data backed up I went for fresh install. That went well. One issue though was partitioning. I chose slice with old installation but wanted custom partitioning (one UFS+S and one SWAP). Selecting it did not show any partitions, so I clicked on Auto and it used the whole disk. Very bad surprise and one I nearly overlooked! What I had to do was going back, choosing Auto-partitioning and Next, then Back and changing to Custom partitioning and then I could modify default partitioning.

    While I appreciate PC-BSD is getting better with each release, issues like described above are serious enough to burn common users and make them not consider PC-BSD anymore and spread bad feelings. Therefore making installation and upgrade real smooth and above all safe should be at the top of PC-BSD backlog.

    • February 28, 2011 at 6:26 am |

      Sorry to hear you are running into an upgrade problem. I’ve seen this from time-to-time, and it has something to do with a kernel panic from uninstalling various linux compat packages. Sometimes just re-running it will get it past the trouble spot. FWIW, this seems better in 9, so it may have been fixed there already.

      • mato
        February 28, 2011 at 9:13 am |

        Maybe. But launching installer from Live mode it froze immediately.
        Anyway, perhaps you could improve on the rest I mentioned — using ntfs-3g in Live mode so it is actually useful for backups, providing Midnight Commander in Live mode / default install so users don’t have to get mad with command line, making sure partitioning is robust and its workflow clear and easy.

        Besides, even though I selected my timezone, after installation I found it is UTC and cannot be changed from KDE control panel. This has been issue for long time and is one that users will notice immediately.

        Such issues should really be of high priority because they drive potential users off before they can get hooked on other qualities of otherwise cool system.

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