PC-BSD 9-STABLE-20120524 Snapshot Available

Kris has announced the availability of the next testing snapshot:

The 20120525 snapshot in the PC-BSD 9-STABLE branch has just been released for i386 and amd64 architectures.

This snapshot provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.

Changes since the previous snapshot:

  • Based on FreeBSD 9-STABLE from 05-20-2012.
  • Add support to Warden for using ZFS snapshots on jails. Now you may create, remove, and rollback previous snapshots of a jail via the command-line and GUI.
  • New bottom panel and features in the AppCafe for installed applications.
  • Updated the pc-thinclient command. Now you can run this utility to convert your system into a PXE boot server. During the setup you will be prompted if you want to create a remote desktop, or remote install server.
  • Added numerous fixes for i18n in our graphical utilities.
  • Added some safety checks to ZFS installs.
  • New “About” GUI, displays information about system.
  • Added initial support for enabling 8021X authentication, still a work in progress.
  • Added LDAP/AD support to installed Samba packages.
  • Fixed a bug setting firewall rules to “block” causing an invalid configuration file to be created.
  • Fixes for rdesktop utility missing some libraries.
  • Include new Intel video driver by default again.

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1:

  • New system installer is greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
  • New PC-BSD Server installation option. Includes command-line utilities like pbi-manager, warden, metapkgmanager and more.
  • Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
  • Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
  • Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as compression, noexec, etc.
  • Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
  • First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
  • New Bluetooth pairing tray / GUI utilities.
  • New AppCafe improvements and preferences
  • Improvements to wifi utility.
  • Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
  • Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities.
  • Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.


If you wish to update from 9.0 to this snapshot you may do so by editing /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf and changing the PATCHSET: variable to “pcbsdtest”. After changing this variable, run the updater utility to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the snapshot will appear.


DVD & USB images are available via the PC-BSD mirrors. You may select the mirror and files from here.

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Comments (20)

  • MrEfrem
    May 30, 2012 at 4:35 am |

    Version KDE 4.8.3?

    • May 30, 2012 at 5:11 am |

      Was committed to ports after the build of the snapshot. However, Kris has started the build of the first package set which can be used to update the pkgs that come with the OS and the desktops–this should be ready by end of this week/early next week. Moving forward, package sets (available ~weekly) will be used to update non-PBI software and will automatically appear as entries in Update Manager.

      Of course, the next snapshot will also include this version of KDE as snapshots are built using the latest ports, as of the date the build started.

      • MrEfrem
        May 30, 2012 at 5:19 am |

        Weekly updatings it is good news!
        And when there will be a possibility to establish such updatings without the Internet?

        • May 30, 2012 at 5:25 am |

          Without the Internet is a design issue. Not sure if that functionality will be before or after 9.1.

          • MrEfrem
            May 30, 2012 at 5:54 am |

            What is design issue in this context?
            I work in the organization where clear on that to the reasons the size of data which can be loaded from the Internet is limited. Therefore to update the working computer directly on the Internet of possibility isn’t present. Why you don’t want to deal with it?
            For example in Ubuntu at an exit of the next version the disk from which it is possible to carry out system updating, and not just new installation is delivered. There the same system of dependences as well as in FreeBSD. Really it is impossible to place in ISO a picture of necessary packages for updating for a certain date?

            • May 30, 2012 at 5:58 am |

              We want to deal with it 🙂 But it takes time to design, implement, and test.

            • Aquino
              May 30, 2012 at 10:24 am |

              What about setting up a local mirror?

              • MrEfrem
                May 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm |

                It is good idea if many computers work at PCBSD. But my computer unique in the organization who has PCBSD. I simply love PCBSD.:-)

  • […] snapshot available for testing (20120524) Posted on May 30, 2012 by Gerard Kris Moore has announced the availability of the next PC-BSD testing snapshot: PC-BSD 9-STABLE-20120524. This snapshot is […]

  • Aric
    June 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |

    FreeBSD is a greate OS, but I just want know, why use KDE as the default Deskop. is there any other Desktop edition? such as xface ? I have used DesktopBSD and PCBSD, but I think they are too huge.

    • June 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm |

      As of 9.0, KDE is no longer the default desktop and you can select from over a dozen integrated desktops before and after the installation:

      • Aric
        June 3, 2012 at 5:37 am |

        thanks very much . I like BSD. I think there will be no linux in my desktop and I will use BSD as my develop evn.

  • INeedSomeColdWater
    June 3, 2012 at 5:54 am |

    Hi! Tried to install this snapshot, BUT at the end it got stuck with “umount ${FSMNT}” or something like that. Aborting and booting into such incompletely installed system results in kernel panic.

    • June 3, 2012 at 6:30 am |

      An issue was discovered with the ISO and the fix should be released early this upcoming week.

      • INeedSomeColdWater
        June 3, 2012 at 7:35 am |

        Thanks! Meanwhile, is there a way to install PC-BSD manually? For FreeBSD it’s as easy as doing bsdinstall distextract into /mnt.

        • June 4, 2012 at 7:12 am |

          Normally you can do “pc-sysinstall -c “. That won’t help with this snapshot as there was a problem with pc-sysinstall itself. The new snapshot is being tested and should be uploaded soon.

  • anderson (Live in Brazil)
    June 3, 2012 at 7:19 am |

    is xfce 4.10 supported on the pc bsd? will supported 4.12?

    • June 3, 2012 at 8:40 am |

      You can use to determine when each version is committed to ports. Since XFCE is built with each snapshot, any snapshot built after May 25 will have 4.10 (the day it was committed), and any snapshot built after the date 4.12 is committed (which will show up on freshports when it is committed) will have that version.

  • May 7, 2014 at 11:18 pm |


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