PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5 Available for Testing

Kris has just announced the availablily of the next testing release. From the announcement:

PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5 is now available!

Users already running BETA1 may update to BETA1.5 via the system-updater GUI on the task-bar.

Notable changes in this release:

  • Enable hplip scanner support
  • Fixed bug removing PBIs sometimes leaving some file leftovers
  • Auto-create npflashplugin wrappers at system install
  • Improved fluxbox / icewm with “idesk” support for desktop icons
  • Fixed running the display wizard from the Control Panel
  • Fixed AppCafe crash when removing last PBI or download
  • Fixed issue saving some timezones properly during installation
  • Fixed detection of running WM for Control Panel icons
  • Fixed life-preserver to use non-standard port 22 when specified
  • Add default gtk2 theme
  • Update NVIDIA driver to 280.13

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. Please take a moment and refer to the snapshot documentation to pick the right one for you. When providing feedback please indicate which snapshot you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

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Comments (34)

  • August 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm |

    Lovely! Been a FreeBSD / PC-BSD fan since 2001!

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  • Angel
    August 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm |

    The installer does not have GRUB, lilo or any start up manager, it is necesary

  • Michael
    August 25, 2011 at 11:05 am |

    When trying to update from BETA1 to BETA1.5 using System-Updater GUI i get an error:

    “Failed to install:System Update to 9.0-BETA1.5 Possible causes: Dropped internet connection or low disk space.”

    However, I get about 1-2% farther in the download process every time i rescan and install selected updates after the timeout. At 22% right now and hopefully will be able to get through this by end of day.

  • sop
    August 26, 2011 at 8:30 am |

    Why does PC-BSD depend on Qt? I don’t like Qt.

    • August 26, 2011 at 9:54 am |

      Because its the best C++ GUI development toolkit around, and I hate GTK. That about sums it up 🙂

      • Mike Potapoff
        September 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm |

        I agree 100%, as a programmer for 30 years, the QT library has the best functionality and power of any GUI library that I have ever come across.

  • daniel
    August 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

    Installation stop because o f video problem on Radeon 6630M and Intel HD3000. Is it possible to activate VGASwitcherroo by default ( and switch off the discrete chip) and Install PC-BSD using Sandy Bridge’s Intel HD 3000 until drivers for Radeon are updated?

    • August 29, 2011 at 4:55 am |

      VGAswitcheroo is a Linux kernel option which is not available in FreeBSD. Does the BIOS allow you to disable one of the video chips?

  • Vikram
    August 29, 2011 at 3:41 am |

    The Installer stops at the last screen and gives an error .I have the ISO burnt in a DVD (md5 checked)..I am able to go thru all the steps , when the final screen to confirm installation , a dialog box appears to the effect that it cannot continue ..

  • daniel
    August 29, 2011 at 7:25 am |

    My computer is a laptop Sony model Vaio SA and it has a useless BIOS where I cannot set too many things, one of them being the possibility to switch of the Radeon or Intel HD chip.
    Hope for Pc-BSD to cover this new market segment too since there are some really nice devices with this configuration ( Sony, Lenovo, Apple Mac).
    Interesting is that 8.2 can be installed without problems.

  • Salva
    September 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm |

    Installed in a hp ga-1125dx laptop. Installation was flawless, but OS could not recognize either usb flash drives nor seagate external hard drives. No doubt whenever those issues are corrected I will reinstall it in my laptop.

    • October 4, 2011 at 6:12 am |

      There was a problem in the fuse module which has since been fixed.

  • Dale Scott
    September 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm |

    Lenovo T61 Thinkpad problems. The only install issue I had was needing to change the BIOS SATA controller mode to “AHCI” from “Compatibility” before the installer recognised the hard drive. Graphics controller (Intel GM965 ), monitor (1280×800) , wireless (Intel A/B/G) were all correctly identified. However, after several minutes of use (KDE desktop, downloading apps from App Cafe, and exploring Kickstart menus), the display would freeze, eventually collapse into a mess of pixels and then the T61 would spontaneously reboot. After doing this twice, I installed PC-BSD 8.2 and haven’t had a problem since in several days of use.

    • October 4, 2011 at 6:11 am |

      Do you know if 9 was picking the 2D or 3D version of the video card? We expect the new Intel work to be committed in a few months, meaning that 3D will finally be well supported.

      • Dale Scott
        October 4, 2011 at 8:21 am |

        I’ve moved onto 9 Beta 3 and can confirm the 3D version of the Intel card was picked.

        I’ve posted more findings under Testing/General in the PC-BSD forum (some desktop window manager problems after an upgrade to Beta 3 from Beta 2, which were resolved after a clean install of Beta 3), but more annoying is that NetBeans doesn’t install correctly from the AppCafe (icon has incorrect path to executable, and once running NetBeans can’t update itself using internal updater – possibly due to incorrect directory permissions). Otherwise I’m a happy convert to PC-BSD from Linux Mint (had always run FreeBSD on server-side though).


  • Anders
    September 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

    Hey 🙂 I’m trying to run the command “portnsap fetch extract”, but every time I do that, portsnap kind of exists saying that a given port is corrupted: “/usr/ports/devel/R-cran-proto/
    files/0b2cc98e66eb243800d07fdbf8047fe639386c5e267c57a11dc53b69bc91c075.gz not found — snapshot corrupt.” I’m running PCBSD 9 Beta 1.5 on a Mac using VirtualBox (since this is the easiest way of running PCBSD on a Mac unless you first install FreeBSD and then upgrade to PCBSD, which the Beta 1.5 installer DVD would not let me do). I then created a new VirtualBox “machine” and installed FreeBSD 9 beta 2 on it, ran “portsnap fetch extract” which completed with no problems. When I re-ran the same portsnap command on PCBSD, portnsap still complained about a port being corrupt. Yesterday it was a “net” port, 2 days ago a “math” port was corrupt and 3 days ago (when I installed Beta 1.5) a graphics port was corrupt on PC-BSD, and completely fine when I ran the portsnap fetch extract on my FreeBSD 9 beta 2 virtual “machine”

    • September 13, 2011 at 5:11 am |

      This appears to be a known bug which may be fixed by BETA2 (due out in the next day or so). Please let us know if the bug still exists in BETA2 so we can dig further to get it fixed.

      • Anders
        September 14, 2011 at 2:01 am |

        In beta 2, the portsnap command works as it should. However, when running the pkg_add utility, the user needs to set the variable FTP_PASSIVE_MODE to 1 to successfully run pkg_add: “sudo -E FTP_PASSIVE_MODE=1 pkg_add -r package” instead of “sudo -E pkg_add package” which returns an error message saying “Syntax error, command unrecognized”. The same thing happens if you first run su (to log in as root) and then run “pkg_add -r package” without setting FTP_PASSIVE_MODE to 1.

        • December 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm |

          This should be fixed for RELEASE.

  • Doug Fortune
    September 18, 2011 at 10:45 am |

    I had good luck upgrading 64bit Beta1.5 to Beta2.0 on a 64bit desktop system, but didn’t have much luck installing from scratch a 32bit Beta2.0 from DVD onto a Dell Inspiron B120 laptop (160GB hardrive, 2GB ram). The symptom was I couldn’t get any packages to install from PBI (emacs, netscape, etc), and konqueror didn’t work from either KDE, gnome or command-line.

    So, I thought I might try installing 32bit Beta1.5 from DVD, but I see that is no-longer available on your website (only a really old set of PC-BSD pre-6.0 cdroms in the 1.5 directory, which installed nicely with firefox 2.x).

    Request: Please make the Beta1.5 (32 & 64 bit versions) available in your historical archive directory, or re-create the directory, so that I can try installing 1.5 and upgrading to Beta2.0 with the 32bit laptop.


  • Mike
    October 17, 2011 at 9:51 am |

    Looks like the 9 beta 3 64 fails to start the graphical installer (amd or vesa) with an ATI 4670.
    The Xorg log just says it has two display devices, and neither work. IIRC, the 3D driver doesn’t work on this card, but the 2D and VESA always have.

  • Mike
    October 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm |

    I was able to get it installed by choosing the ‘vesa’ option from the initial boot screen.

    It ended up using the Radeon HD driver, and it looks *awesome*.

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  • Matt
    December 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm |

    New Dell computer, dual AMD Radeon HD 6450 video cards, installer wouldn’t start in either standard or VESA modes. 9.0RC2, 64 bit version on CD.

    • December 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm |

      At this time, PC-BSD does not support dual video cards. Unfortunately you would have to disable one of them in the BIOS in order to install PC-BSD.

      • Matt
        December 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm |

        Sorry for the delay in replying. Thank you for the response.

        Is this a limitation in how PC-BSD is structured, or is this a limitation in the X server (Xfree?) that PC-BSD uses?

        • December 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |

          It appears to be a combination of factors. Check your xorg.conf to make sure it is not selecting the wrong card as the primary display.

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