PC-BSD BETA3 Available

The third BETA release of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available! This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.


Notable changes in this release:

  • Fix issue enabling flash plugin after installation
  • Fix bug with handbook not launching in LXDE
  • Fix issue performing updates on ZFS systems with separate /boot UFS partition
  • Add lxmenu-data port, which provides nicer LXDE menu framework
  • Fix enabling ibus from GDM
  • Include “mga” driver in base
  • Add option to install only “openbox” as a window-manager
  • Fix bug doing PBI patching and checking the FreeBSD version
  • Improve PBI manager allowing ~/bin entries to point to wrapper scripts
  • Fix bug upgrading and installing the nvidia driver
  • Fix bugs installing from LIVE mode

When updating to BETA3 from BETA2, please apply the “System Updater Bugfixes” patch first, in order to ensure that your update process goes smoothly.

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. When providing feedback please indicate which install media you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

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  • PC-BSD BETA3 | Gustavo Pimentel's GNU/Linux Blog
    October 2, 2011 at 11:11 am |

    […] equipo de desarrollo de PC-BSD acaba de anunciar la liberación de la tercera BETA de la futura versión 9.0, que viene con muchas novedades y […]

  • pcbsdnewuser
    October 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm |

    Hi Dru,

    I have been trying the beta. very smooth install. small suggestions and problems though.

    during partitioning if there are already 4 primary partitions it does not obviously allow to partition but the i guess there should be a warning message or error message there when 4 primary partitions are present with a suggestion on what to do targeted at a novice user 🙂

    the nepomak kde indexing seems to slow kde considerably . In xfce instead of default panel something like a cairo dock or docky would have been more appealing (may be my biased view :-))

    i have a cdma 2000 modem and it does not seem to work with the 3g connection manager in the PCBSD suite.the following are my settings when i use the same modem using wvdial and usb modeswitch in linux.
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    stupid mode = 1
    Username = xxx
    Init1 = ATZ
    dmesg from linux:
    [ 1773.532657] scsi8 : usb-storage 2-1.2:1.3
    [ 1774.527742] scsi 8:0:0:0: Direct-Access CDMA2000 Modem 2.31 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
    [ 1774.528866] sd 8:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
    [ 1774.535532] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk

    I am sorry i couldn’t get any outputs from pcbsd install due to lack of internet connection and i am not able to mount ext4 partitions 🙁 so couldnt save the output in a text file. sorry for my long comment. Any suggestions appreciated.


  • October 3, 2011 at 12:23 am |

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  • Neal Stone
    October 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm |

    I just installed beta 3 and must say pretty sweet. Firefox 7 loads much better.

    Can’t wait for the final release. Nice job!!!

    • MrEfrem
      October 5, 2011 at 3:06 am |

      Please include KDE 4.7.1 and final KDE PIM and Telepathy-KDE in RC1 for better testing.

      • October 9, 2011 at 1:18 am |

        It looks like the FreeBSD KDE port is still at 4.6.5, but we will include the newer version once the port is available. KDE PIM and telepathy are already included in the current version of KDE.

  • mike4ca
    October 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |

    I applied the BETA3 update from BETA2 through the Update Manager. It took a long time and had a few reboots. I recommend to others to make sure if you have multiple OS that PC-BSD is the default during the update so you can walk away it will keep going every time it reboots.

    AppCafe does not open now. When you click on it the computer thinks but I do not see anything open.

    • October 14, 2011 at 7:24 am |

      Do you get any error messages if you type “appcafe” at the command line?

      • mike4ca
        October 17, 2011 at 6:48 am |

        Appcafe started working after I installed another desktop. See my second post to this announcement.

  • mike4ca
    October 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm |

    Update: The original BETA2 install was LXDE (64 bit). I installed Openbox through PCBSD Control Panel – System Manager. When I was in looking around in Openbox, I noticed the AppCafe was working. I logged back in to LXDE and it was now working there as well. I updated FireFox to 7.0 through the AppCafe. Now when I click on Firefox the system indicates it wants to open, but it won’t (or won’t display).

    Note, I also went back to the System Manager and added KDE in. I am writing this post in the KDE desktop with Konqueror (FireFox still does not work). I can attest to how easy it is to go and add another desktop or component without having to do a re-install. Great work.

    • October 14, 2011 at 7:27 am |

      See in your update that it works now. Any errors when you start firefox from the command line? Often the panel entry or desktop icon for firefox will be stale after an update, meaning that you will have to recreate it.

      • mike4ca
        October 17, 2011 at 6:52 am |

        When I try to run firefox from the terminal I get “Couldn’t load XRE functions”.

        Chromium had an update and that worked fine.

  • sjoseph
    October 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm |

    Thanks for this release.
    I’ am looking for a single page which describes the features available in up coming release of PC-BSD-9 which is beyond version specifics of KDE/GNOME.

    This will be useful for me to decide if I need to upgrade.

  • Vasileios Anagnostopoulos
    October 7, 2011 at 9:35 am |

    Will there be an option not to install linuxulator? I am a purist.

    • October 14, 2011 at 7:22 am |

      /usr/ports/emulators/linux_base-f10 is listed as a PC-BSD base port (i.e. always gets installed). However you can pkg_delete it if you don’t want it on your system.

  • Edward
    October 8, 2011 at 6:07 am |

    Will upgrade to BETA3 soon from BETA2, However I noticed a number of issues:

    * Large FAT32 USB disks do not mount and KDE does not understand why, it seems -o large is not getting passed as I am able to mount manually.

    * Audio does not automatically work out the box, my old FreeBSD 8.2 install worked so support does exist, Machine is a Lenovo X301 with the latest BIOS. Soundcard is:
    hdac0@pci0:0:27:0: class=0x040300 card=0x20f217aa chip=0x293e8086 rev=0x03 hdr=0x00
    vendor = ‘Intel Corporation’
    device = ‘82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller’
    class = multimedia
    subclass = HDA
    In the KDE notice tray it reports that “HDA Conexant CX20561 (Hermosa) PCM fails to work, switching to default.”

    * Suspend/resume does not work out the box, bit strange since Lenovo laptops are normally well supported in BSD?

    * Xorg Seg faults, I don’t know why.. If this still happens in BETA3 I shall investigate in more detail.

    * Keep seeing this in dmesg, looks nasty?
    — syscall (54, FreeBSD ELF64, ioctl), rip = 0x800da837c, rsp = 0x7fffffffbf08, rbp = 0x801120800 —
    uma_zalloc_arg: zone “pfiaddrpl” with the following non-sleepable locks held:
    exclusive sleep mutex pf task mtx (pf task mtx) r = 0 (0xffffffff81b45ee0) locked @ /pcbsd-build90/fbsd-source/9.0/sys/modules/pf/../../contrib/pf/net/pf_ioctl.c:1589
    KDB: stack backtrace:
    db_trace_self_wrapper() at db_trace_self_wrapper+0x2a
    kdb_backtrace() at kdb_backtrace+0x37
    _witness_debugger() at _witness_debugger+0x2e
    witness_warn() at witness_warn+0x2c4
    uma_zalloc_arg() at uma_zalloc_arg+0x335
    pfi_dynaddr_setup() at pfi_dynaddr_setup+0x73
    pf_addr_setup() at pf_addr_setup+0x22
    pfioctl() at pfioctl+0x370b
    devfs_ioctl_f() at devfs_ioctl_f+0x7a
    kern_ioctl() at kern_ioctl+0xcd
    ioctl() at ioctl+0xfd
    syscallenter() at syscallenter+0x1aa
    syscall() at syscall+0x4c
    Xfast_syscall() at Xfast_syscall+0xdd

    Keep up the good work
    Kind Regards,

    • October 14, 2011 at 7:19 am |

      Please let us know if any of these still exist in Beta3.

      • Edward O'Callaghan
        October 21, 2011 at 7:15 am |

        Yep, you prob still want to look into these issue,
        Also plugging a Android Galaxy II phone in locks up the system :/

        In regards to unstable X, I think we badly need DRI2 with KMS, its almost worth having the experimental code for the desktop release or provide a packaged kernel with the patch since without it newer intel gpu’s wont work at all and I am willing to bet it would be more stable with it even though it is still experimental. Looks like kib is able to run gemstress now and 3D apps without painic.

        • October 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm |

          Regarding the Android: which desktop(s) have you tried this in? Also, have you tried RC1 yet and, if so, does it still lock up?

  • roger
    October 13, 2011 at 8:57 am |

    first I give a gfreat compliment to the BSD-team, lot of changes take place with the beta 3 version. Still there is a lot of tunning to do:
    1. After I installed successfully some Apps via Apps-Cafe I was not able to open because
    the process died. Reinstallion was not a game changer – it happend the same.

    Third party apps which are very important for me, was not possible to install.

    My decision is I wait for a new release which fixed the decribed problems and maybe there will take place some fine tunning too. I wish the PCBSD-team all success they surely earned until now.


  • Magnus Johansson
    October 14, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    Tried Beta3 on a Dell Inc. OptiPlex GX520.
    Xorg choose a mode my screen could not view, just flickering.
    According to Linux “lspci” the grapics is;
    Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

    Is it possible to choose a mode manually?
    Was looking forward to replace my Ubuntu with PC-BSD.

    • Magnus Johansson
      October 15, 2011 at 3:25 am |

      Got past graphic stuff and got Beta3 installed.
      Efterything looks nice, but I have no network.
      I have tried converted my ndis-driver for WNA3100.
      The conversion goes well, and it loads more or less correctly.
      But it fails to use my usb-stick.
      Are there any native drivers for that Broadcom device?

      • October 17, 2011 at 5:06 am |

        Do you know what chipset it uses? (try “usbconfig dump_all_config_desc”). Also, did you try converting an XP or 2003 driver?

        • Magnus Johansson
          October 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

          usbconfig say’s:
          at usbus4, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=
          HIGH (480Mbps) pwr=ON

          The NDIS-driver is for WindowsXP and is the one I successfully use in Linux.
          The used files are bcmwlhigh5.inf and bcmwlhigh5.sys

          I tried the Windows7 driver (bcmwlhigh6.inf and bcmwlhigh6.sys) but that freezez my system immediatly.

    • October 17, 2011 at 5:15 am |

      For others who may have this problem, if X is unusable, reboot and toggle on the Display Wizard in the boot menu (http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/Post_Installation). If X is still usable, you will find the same wizard in Control Panel.

      • Magnus Johansson
        October 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm |

        In my case it look’s like the default modeline is a bit off.
        I get my picture back if I turn off/on my monitor, after xorg have changed to “right” mode.
        I will tweak it a bit so the monitor get a lock directly.

  • October 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm |

    Hi Dru:

    My system is PC-BSD 8.2. Is it possible to upgrade to 9.0 (when released) with minimal impact? Will it conserve my custom kernel and /etc custom configuration files? Or they will be overwritten?

    Thanks in advance,


    • Roger
      October 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm |

      Hi Jes,

      I upgraded my PCBSD beta 2.0 to 3.0. I can’t recomment this, cause it replaces the most System files. Wrong configuration will be involved in the upgraded version.
      Better: Delete /overwrite your old version with a fresh copy. This is also the prefered methode for the change from 8.2 to 9.0.
      See also the man pages.

      I think the upgrade is suitable for programs and new kernel versions, not for
      jumps from PCBSD 8.2 to 9.0. Be also careful with ports jail. By upgrading
      to other versions it could damage some parts of PCBSD. It is not a probem if you have a backup before the changes took place.
      Have fun and be patient there is a lot of work to finish until the beta testing is over.

    • October 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm |

      As Roger indicated, it is better to upgrade within the same series (e.g. from a 9.0 beta to release) than between series (from 8.x to 9.x). Regarding what gets overwritten, Update Manager will replace your custom kernel with the latest GENERIC, meaning you will want to save your kernel config file and rebuild the kernel after the upgrade. It will not change your customizations in /etc, but it is still a good idea to have a backup copy of your custom configs before performing any upgrade.

      • October 23, 2011 at 3:29 am |

        Thanks Dru and Roger.

        My problem upgrading or installing it to spend a lot of time recompiling kernel and modifying the configuration files for suspend/resume. To isolate the base system from PCBSD layer maybe would lead to simpler upgrades.

        I’m still waiting for a FreeBSD release that support full suspend/resume out of the box (with ACPI and SMP).

        But of course I’ll install and test PC-BSD 9.0 🙂 It’s my choice system. 8.2 runs smoothly in my thinkpad.


  • Jacob
    October 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |


    installing PC-BSD-9.-beta3 in VirtualBox (Host: FreeBSD 8.2) has made problems not to install the guest-additons but after rebooting dmesg says “KLD vboxguest.ko: depends on kernel – not available or kernel mismatch”.

    So shared clipboard doesn’t work as it does fine in 8.2 as host with 8.2 as a guest.

    Besides this impressive new apps for software management have a great design.

  • David Marec
    October 16, 2011 at 1:42 am |

    thanks for the job, PCSBSD team.

    I got this only one issue when upgrading from BETA2 to BETA3:
    GLX/GL drivers failed to be load by Xorg. This occurs when the GLX
    module (coming from x11/nvidia-driver ) has been overriden by an xorg installation.

    So i just had to de-install and reinstall nvidia drivers from the
    PCBSD panel.

    Moreover, within the PCBSD (BETA2 and BETA3) panels appears some blank text in place of the menu and buttons captions.
    – whatever the windows manager is –

    [david@pcbsd-4359] ~> uname -a
    FreeBSD pcbsd-4359 9.0-BETA3 FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 #1: Tue Sep 27 13:47:21 PDT 2011 root@build9x64.pcbsd.org:/usr/obj/pcbsd-build90/fbsd-source/9.0/sys/GENERIC amd64

    • October 17, 2011 at 4:55 am |

      Thank you for the update. We’ll look into these issues.

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  • Kirit
    October 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm |

    i like the browser Midori. The problem is it does not show up in the App Cafe. There was a pbi but now its gone. I am currently running Midori 0.4.0. There is an update for 0.4.1 i believe.How can i get the update and install it.

    • October 18, 2011 at 5:16 am |

      Midori is still being built and tested for 9.0. It will definitely show up in AppCafe in time for release. It also gets installed with XFCE so if you are impatient you can always install that desktop 🙂

  • Paul
    October 19, 2011 at 9:14 am |

    Eagerly awaiting the final version 🙂 I have FreeBSD 8.2 in dual boot, but rarely use it since updating it was too cumbersome. Thanks to the extremely friendly people over at the BSD forum in the end it all worked, but it costed day after day, hours every time, to try the new solutions. I’m not an IT-nerd, and I don’t have that time to waste. I just want FreeBSD instead of Windows 🙂 So, I am hoping it will be released and will be a killer, for sure I will donate. I don’t care about paying for it, I just want FreeBSD – working. Set it, forget it. Thanks and let’s hope R9 will be a killer 🙂

  • Roger
    October 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm |

    If you installed Eqonomize you may not be able to start the program by clicking the icon.
    Check the icon with right mouse click. Possible there is missing the start command. If, please copy:
    and paste in the command line box.
    Eqonomize will start. If not change the permission to root – you must give your root password after that it will start fore sure.
    Dru, I miss Grisbi, it is a better program than Eqonomize. It would be fine to have it available in the AppCafe.
    Have fun!

  • Roger
    October 20, 2011 at 9:07 am |

    Problem to add Krusader, because could not load the needed dependencies-packages:

    Fetching ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-9-current/All/arts-1.5.10_5,1.tbz… Done.
    pkg_add: could not find package qt-3.3.8_13 !
    pkg_add: could not find package celt-0.11.3 !
    pkg_add: could not find package jackit-0.121.3 !
    pkg_add: pkg_add of dependency ‘arts-1.5.10_5,1’ failed!
    Fetching ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-9-current/All/kdelibs-3.5.10_8.tbz… Done.
    pkg_add: could not find package kdehier-1.0_11 !
    pkg_add: could not find package libthai-0.1.5_4 !
    pkg_add: could not find package qt-3.3.8_13 !
    pkg_add: could not find package celt-0.11.3 !
    pkg_add: could not find package jackit-0.121.3 !
    pkg_add: could not find package arts-1.5.10_5,1 !
    pkg_add: pkg_add of dependency ‘kdelibs-3.5.10_8’ failed!
    [ro@HP-dv9k] /usr/pbi> pkg_add -r krusader
    Hi Dru,
    is there a restriction for the Beta version?
    Have fun!

    • October 24, 2011 at 5:54 am |

      Not that I’m aware of. I wonder if all of the required packages have been built and uploaded to the ftp server? If not, that should sort itself out in time for release.

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