PC-BSD 9.0RC1 Available

The first release candidate for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available! This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-RC1 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.


Notable changes in this release: (In no particular order)

  • Added support for installing to BootCamp partitions on Apple OSX systems
  • Added checks for invalid characters in the username
  • Added button to installer allowing toggle between US keyboard layout and currently selected
  • Added improved portjail init scripts
  • Life-Preserver now defaults to backing up to a remote directory set as the client hostname
  • Add some sanity checks to pbi-manager when creating new repositories
  • Fixed bugs setting the proxy server in pbi-manager / AppCafe (Uses the default config in networking GUI)
  • Improved the default firewall ruleset
  • Enable IPv6 support on all nic’s by default
  • Added options to pbi-manager which enables tmpfs memory building
  • Improved pc-thinclient setup to use pre-built FreeBSD world instead of building from source
  • Fix bug in pbi-manager when doing binary updates to ensure it is only attempted on the correct build
  • Fix issues installing with mirrors / raidz on ZFS

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a pre-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. When providing feedback please indicate which install media you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

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Comments (42)

  • PC-BSD 9.0 RC1 | Gustavo Pimentel's GNU/Linux Blog
    October 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm |

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    October 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm |

    […] equipo de desarrollo de PC-BSD acaba de anunciar la liberación de la primera versión candidata o release candidate o por sus siglas RC de la […]

  • October 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm |

    I rectly watched the BSD FLOSS Weekly show and am a regular watcher of LAS and Techsnap. Hearing good things about BSD.

    I’m also stuck using two Intel macs and am looking for feedback from others who take the plunge of dual booting before I do 🙂

    So BootCampers, how’s the water?

  • October 25, 2011 at 12:30 am |

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  • Daeld
    October 25, 2011 at 3:06 am |

    pcbsd.orgThis does not answer your question directly, but with VirtualBox working so well these days (current Mac release is 4.1.4), I haven’t needed to dual boot anything on the mac recently. The only reason I have for dual booting is if I’m using a distro (such as PC-BSD or Ubuntu) as my main distro and want to have a functional but small windows/mac partition for windows/mac-only software. If PC-BSD is not going to be your main distro, I would recommend using VirtualBox instead. However, if you’re “taking the plunge” as you say, you can always try the Live DVD first before you install it. (see the download options in http://www.pcbsd.org/get-it/download-pc-bsd-isotope) just be aware that it is only the first release candidate. These can sometimes have problems in the Live media. But on the other hand, if you find a live bug, there’s a chance they’ll squash it for you in the final release.

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  • MrEfrem
    October 25, 2011 at 9:45 am |

    When KDE 4.7.2?

    • October 25, 2011 at 10:12 am |

      Should be in RC2. It looks like the 4.7.2 KDE port became available after RC1 was sent to the build server.

  • Jay
    October 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm |

    PC-BSD is not a good OS for laptops. After installing both 8.2 and 9.0 Beta – each taking a ridiculously long time – support for syaptic touchpad was absolutely pathetic and none of the suggested xorg configuration changes (from google searches) worked. Most were vague and didn’t come from pcbsd.org.

    The forum traffic is pretty slow and therefore of virtually no assistance. FreeBSD has a better support group and is actually no more difficult to install than PC-BSD.

    The ‘PC’ part of the name made this sound like a good way to get introduced to BSD, but that definitely wasn’t my experience. It appears you boys have a few years before being ready for primetime. The ports are great, but as someone who has enough knowledge with Linux to set up a good Arch distro, PC-BSD wasn’t really worth the trouble of slogging through.

    • Edward O'Callaghan
      October 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm |

      I think this pretty much comes down to:

      * Way overdue for KMS,GEM. May as well ship the beta support in my view since the patch actually makes my Lenovo more stable and no need for xorg configs.. This allows for some newer components of X so I wonder if that would fix you’re mouse issue.

      * FreeBSD’s boot speed needs fixing, I am sure there is some very low hanging fruit on that like not waiting for cdrom drives to spin up or scsi buses to delay in init for the bus to settle and hold up everything else.

    • zenny
      October 27, 2011 at 7:26 am |

      @Jay: I installed 8.2 PCBSD and it works flawlesslessly. As far as support is concerned what I suggest is to ask questions in FreeBSD forums and people there are also very active and helpful.

      In some cases it is very difficult to install in some machines, but in my laptop it went flawlessly.

      BSD has another charm of working compared to linux (particularly the bloated ones). I am indeed enjoying BSD better than linux (using since 1993 since the first release of slackware).

      I wish instead of going after the rogue ZFS, BSD guys would have deviated their energy to improvize DragonflyBSD’s HAMMER fs and create a wrapper script for volume management. 😉 Maybe IXSytems (maybe a tip for the sponsor of PCBSD.

  • Anonymous Coward
    October 26, 2011 at 12:20 am |

    How good is support for Sandy Bridge graphics these days?

    • October 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm |

      We’ve heard reports back from the initial testers that Sandy Bridge works well using the new (and not yet committed) GEM/KMS/DRI code. That code didn’t make it into FreeBSD before the 9.0 code freeze. Once 9.0 is released and the code is committed, we’ll produce testing snapshots in order to get feedback from PC-BSD and FreeBSD users.

  • BeAsTiEuX
    October 26, 2011 at 8:37 am |

    great notice!!, lets go to try it…
    Thanks PCBSD Team…

  • October 26, 2011 at 9:50 am |

    Hi all:

    I’m not agree with Jay when he says that PCBSD is not a good OS for laptops. In my experience PCBSD/FreeBSD is good in laptops, but it needs to improve. It’s good dealing with power saving (at least as good as linux), and when you get suspend/resume works then you don’t need almost anything else.

    By the way, I can confirm that suspend/resume does not work out of the box and it doesn’t work too in the same way 8.2 did it. The same configuration I had in 8.2 (http://nixbsd.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/freebsd-suspendresume-fully-functional-in-freebsd-8-2-amd64/) makes my laptop hangs.

    I hope to know about successful suspend/resume in 9.0….

    Thanks all the PC-BSD team.


    • mato
      November 7, 2011 at 3:22 am |

      The problem is that suspend / resume is still not there (reliable) and this is 2011 (soon over). I remember Scott calling FreeBSD ver. 6 mobile oriented and now we have ver. 9 and we’re still not there yet. Power management is absolutely crucial for any mobile device these days and this issue pushes FreeBSD / PC-BSD out of consumer devices. Similarly, there are issues with wifi devices and even some old drivers got broken due to recent 80211n refactoring. I actually stopped using FreeBSD after 6-7 years as it (8.x) crashes on me (never seen that before). I think that developers should prioritise and all start solving those most critical deficiencies asap. I’m sure it’s not easy but no point doing anything else otherwise PC-BSD soon will get out of game completely (and it’s very hard, if not impossible, to get back).

      • November 8, 2011 at 1:32 am |

        Hi mato:

        I’m agree with you that suspend/resume is not 100% reliable. In my experience some USB devices/modules (like umass) fail after resume. I’m talking about suspend/resume with ACPI and SMP. Someone would say you always can try a non-smp kernel, but… my laptop is a core duo, why run at half speed? So, in this point I agree with you.

        But FreeBSD is good saving power when running on battery. You can configure cpu frequency, frequency governors, CPU states C1, C2, C3, decrease the kernel’s timer frequency, etc. That’s good for me, better (imho) than you can get with NetBSD or OpenBSd.

        The OpenBSD work for suspend/resume could help to FreeBSD developers. OpenBSD performs suspend/resume nicely, 100% reliable (at least in my experience). And of course, linux is 100% too.

        I hope FreeBSD’s laptop support improve in the future.


  • October 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm |

    dbI made a mistake:

    PCBSD 9.0 AMD64 is able to suspend/resume in the same way 8.2.

    Only follow my post in:


    USB devices seems to be not functional after resume, like in 8.2. But this post:


    says that usb devices work after resume. More feedback and reports would be very helpful.

    I’ll make an update when I have a while.


    • October 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm |

      Thank you for reporting this and writing the blog post.

      Has anyone else experienced this issue or tried the suggestions in Jes’ first URL on 9.0?

  • Martijn
    October 31, 2011 at 4:35 am |

    I installed this on an older AMD+nForce system to conduct some ZFS dedup experiments and I was pleasantly surprised. Graphics support with the nvidia driver is great and the whole system delivers a smooth experience. I never knew FreeBSD could work so well on the desktop.. Great job guys!

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  • AMS
    November 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm |

    Uhhh… Suspend/resume isn’t that great with Linux either.

    Most up-to-date kernel or even one tailored for my system… It may just be my USB3, not exactly sure.

    Just purchased my first copy of Win since XP. Windows 7, I needed Windows Media Center for my infiniTV 4, and not every thing worked out of the box. I was disappointed.

    Suspend/resume works. Everything (MakeMKV, FFmpeg) runs a little slower except for video games. Funny.

  • November 10, 2011 at 9:26 am |

    PC-BSD Team:

    A Canadian friend of mine (Me: USA – CA) turned me on to your alls distro around the time of PC-BSD 7 or so.
    I usually know what’s out there as far as OS’s go, but this caught me by complete surprise, something as mature (GUI-wise) I should have run across.
    I’ve long since bored of the Linux scene with their empty promises of something functional for the Desktop, though their servers are “up to snuff” at least. But with out a robust GUI model for the users it’s just more of the same, like the Mac – PC problems are … still.
    I’ve been around long enough that I first saw one of the first functioning Mac prototypes at a place I worked in ’82. It set my world on fire and I’ve been a Macintosh freak ever since.
    I later became reacquainted, in more depth in ’93 when a Girlfriend set a used Mac IIsi, and a Apple LaserWriter II NTX (later upgraded to IIg) in front of me. I was a Motion Picture Tech at the time (BestBoy Electric) in Dallas, TX. I didn’t come up for air for two years with that Mac setup, System / MacOS 7 was a masterpiece.

    It seems I’m starting to ramble so let me say this … Apple is starting to slip, first they took away our Xserves and now, it seems, they’ll be getting rid of the Mac Pros now:


    … so the rumor goes … So needless to say I’m looking for somewhere to “jump ship” and with the release of PC-BSD’s 9.0 BETA now out I’m starting to turn my attention to you guys, as much as I’ve loved the Macintosh (and I’m a fucking freak about Macintoshes), it seems they don’t give a damn anymore, so why should I.
    They made us look like fools with that whole Xserve fiasco, we all went out on limbs for that, telling our customers that we’re “Enterprise Ready” … “how can you doubt us now?”.
    I don’t trust them any longer, and there is plenty more people like me now – all you have to do is look at OS X Server 10.7.x (Lion), people are laughing at it – hell I’m laughing at it. People said the Mac was a toy, and Apple just made that lie the truth.
    I’m looking to the PC-BSD 9.0 Team and wishing you all the best luck in your endeavor.

  • Gerdos
    November 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm |

    After upgrade to 9.0-RC1 i couldn’t find k3b(i’m using kde4 for now). This is sad((

  • Roger
    November 14, 2011 at 7:59 am |

    I did intensive tests on 3 computers with pcbsd 9.0 and see there is a progress. But there are still existing problems, that should not exist in Beta 3 and RC!
    1. Portsmanagement – I was not able to install the basic programms I need to feel comfortable. For example: k3b. Krusader which are KDE based. PCBSD prefers KDE,
    so why is this no working?
    2. Access to the FreeBSD ports are insufficient and full of obstacles. I tried to install
    several other programms and ended with dependency problems. Finally I was not able to get them proper installed or working.
    3. I decided to tryout PCBSD because I estimated it is more reliable and stabile as
    Linux and it promised to give more oppurtunities.
    This is not the case. PCBSD crashed several times during my test period and I was really estonished because this is a experience I made long time ago with windows.

    Conclusion: PCBSD has a lot of potential but there are promises to fulfill. PCBSD is not ready to use. For testing, it is okay, but you can work with it.
    For example: If I take the Mint distribution as reference, than PCBSD is far away to give to that polished distribution a real competition.
    A lot of work is waiting for the PCBSD team to be finished. I hope it will be done in time. If not, it will only be a playground for testing and never be a competitior to the rich Linux world.

    So, PCBSD_Team take your time and think about that: Place Quality before speed, or shit will happen.

    Have fun!

  • Gerdos
    November 14, 2011 at 10:22 am |

    it’s unavailble in appcaffe, but it have always been in base of kde4? but now it doesn’t. just why?

    • November 14, 2011 at 10:40 am |

      Not all of the applications are in AppCafe yet as each is being built and tested for 9.0. All of the applications listed at pbidir.com will be in AppCafe in time for 9.0 release.

  • Gerdos
    November 14, 2011 at 10:25 am |

    sorry for my english, this is not my native

  • Roger
    November 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm |

    Dru, thank you for your fast response,

    as Gerdos mentioned, not all software is available in the AppCafe. Please be careful with the strategy to make all available with the launch of the final PCBSD 9.0 .
    My experience told me, a lot could go wrong. To be sure all is working so far all PCBSD fans will test it before, as I did. Exact this is the reason to have a Beta 3/RC1
    to find out the problems. To have basic problems in the final 9.0 will give a negative impact to all who are interested in an alternative OS. I like the PCNBSD team to avoid this!

    After the main bugs will be eliminated the PCBSD is ready for polishing and small bugs could be killed with updates. That is only my opinion, for sure you know the best way. Keep on testing until all looks fine…

    Have fun!

  • Stef
    November 17, 2011 at 5:55 am |

    Like the new v9, will switch all the computers from plain FreeBSD to PC BSD in the future, so much added value in it…

    When I installed the 32bit version on my Dell Latitude D630, it worked fine with the boot only CD image, but when I first tried to install from the USB 32bit image, it booted but then complained that it could not mount the install image.

    If you want to investigate and need any additional details, feel free to drop me an email.

    PS I could imagine a more polished name and logo/brand could help spreading the word in the long run… Just a thought…

    • November 17, 2011 at 5:58 am |

      If you get a chance to try again on RC2 (due out in the next day or so), please let us know if there is still an issue with the 32-bit USB image.

      • Stef
        November 17, 2011 at 6:18 am |

        Sure, will do.

  • Stef
    November 27, 2011 at 6:24 am |

    Hi Dru,

    just retried with RC2 and problem is still there (even though it now asks for the disk encryption password first as PCBSD is already installed with encryption now on the HDD).

    If you think it makes sense to investigate this any further, please let me know, I am happy to try providing additional information.

    • November 28, 2011 at 6:06 am |

      Yes, it would be good to determine the underlying problem and fix it. Please send the details to the testing mailing list so that it can be looked into by the devs (http://lists.pcbsd.org/mailman/listinfo/testing). You will need to first subscribe to the list in order to post.

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