20120605 Snapshot Now Available

Kris has announced the next snapshot in the testing series:

The next 20120605 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:

  • FreeBSD 9-STABLE from 05-30-2012
  • KDE 4.8
  • Fix a bug causing installer to lockup near end of installation
  • Fix setup for 8021X configuration via GUI
  • Update font configuration to enable AA by default
  • Fix bugs doing updates to packages inside of the warden
  • Allow new ZFS dataset options during installation
  • Bugfixes and enhancements to the update tray notifier
  • Check jails for updates via the tray application automatically
  • Switch us to using http:// instead of ftp:// for updating, which allows proxy users to connect
  • Fixed bug enabling the static IP section via ethernet GUI
  • Add support for unattended installs via thinclient PXE
  • Add better Proxy configuration via GUI, will now set HTTP_PROXY universally across the system

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1:

  • New system installer! 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 paring 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.
  • ZFS beadm support.
  • And much more!


Users running previous snapshots may update now via the online
updater. You will first need to apply the “Update Manager” 20120606 update, then the snapshot update will appear.

If you wish to update from 9.0 to this snapshot you may do so by
editing /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanage/conf/sysupdate.conf
file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to pcbsdtest.

After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to
download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the snapshot will appear.

There is a bug installing the PC-BSD Server on ZFS right now. If you wish to do so, you will need to remove the ZFS /root dataset beforehand. This will be fixed in the next snapshot.

The VirtualBox OSE additions are not included in this snapshot due to a bug in 9-STABLE. They will be included in the next release.

If it fails to download any additional packages / desktops post-installation, run the following command as root:

pbreg set /PC-BSD/Version 9-STABLE-20120605


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

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Comments (24)

  • June 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm |

    “Fixed bug enabling the static IP section via ethernet GUI”

    Maybe this will fix my not being able to input and save a gateway address. Might even help with my losing the network connection when I boot up our CentOS servers. Thanks. 🙂

  • MrEfrem
    June 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm |

    Increase in speed of boot. Good work!

  • Avadhoot A. Kochikar
    June 8, 2012 at 7:16 am |

    Has the 3G/PPP stuff fixed in this snapshot? I have posted my queries here: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2012/05/update-on-pc-bsd-localization/#comment-2564

    let me know so that I can download it…

    • June 11, 2012 at 7:34 am |

      It’s actually been removed as we need a dev with 3G/PPP to do testing on the GUI portion. Lots of requests for one, but no takers yet.

      • Antenore
        June 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm |

        I’ve just installed the snapshot (64bit) and it works like a charm. Just a couple of issues.

        There are still some problems with KMS.

        Wifi by defualt uses SYNCDHCP, but this does not work well with my DHCP server, so I had to change it to DHCP. Why do you use SYNCDHCP?

        During the installation if I choose to encrypt the whole disk, the install quit with an exception.

        Should I report these?

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  • Antenore
    June 11, 2012 at 12:31 am |


    Thanks a lot!

    When GEM/KMS/DRI patches will be available for test in PC-BSD?

    Thanks in advance

    • June 11, 2012 at 6:30 am |

      They are available now in the testing snapshot. Right now NVIDIA and Intel are very well supported in the snapshots (including Optimus). Until FreeBSD completes their TTM work, ATI/Radeon will not be well supported. We are hoping that that work will be ready for testing for the 9.2 series.

      • Antenore
        June 11, 2012 at 6:35 am |

        Thanks dru, therefore don’t I need to apply the patches (sorry re-ask)?

        Just kdload intel and I’ll be an happy user?

        This is a wonderful news!!!

        • June 11, 2012 at 6:42 am |

          Don’t even need to kldload. It should “just work” when the display wizard detects your hardware during the first boot after installation or upgrade.

          • Antenore
            June 11, 2012 at 6:43 am |

            Wonderful! Thanks so much!

  • Natik
    June 11, 2012 at 3:38 am |

    Hello everyone!
    I’d like to ask PC BSD 9.1 developers to repair/install broadcom wireless driver compatibility as I couldn’t use it the last time I installed pcbsd 9 on my laptop.


    • June 11, 2012 at 6:27 am |

      Broadcom has been a thorn in our side as noone in the FreeBSD project is currently working on those drivers. We have been actively looking for someone with the skillsets needed to do this.

  • Tri Le
    June 12, 2012 at 6:42 am |

    Thanks for the PC-BSD 9.0 and weekly update snapshot. I just start on a Unix track study two week back. PC-BSD had been very helpful since I have no Unix or Linux command line experiences.

    And here I am already triple booting Windows 8 RP, Unbuntu 12.10 LTS, and PC-BSD 9.1 beta. The only issue I have with PC-BSD is that it would not hibernate or sleep or use the Intel speedstep. I get the ACPI is not working properly on the my Lenovo X220T.

    Thanks again

    • June 12, 2012 at 9:33 am |

      Good for you regarding the triple boot.

      There may be some sysctl values to help with the ACPI settings for the X220T series. Try posting a thread at forums.pcbsd.org or do a search to see if a similar thread already exists at forums.freenas.org.

      • Tri Le
        June 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm |

        Hello dru,

        i had posted in the PC-BSD forum for help but it seem like there no one that have the same issue. I think the BSD community is smaller than Linux. Anyway, I had check the internet to see if there were similar issue, but had not found any good reference.

        Hopefully, the final 9.1 version can resolve the problem.

  • anderson (brazil)
    June 15, 2012 at 11:25 am |

    Skype for Linux: will runs in freebsd?

    • anderson (brazil)
      June 15, 2012 at 11:25 am |


      • June 15, 2012 at 11:38 am |

        Yes, the skype PBI/package/port is the Linux version. On PC-BSD, it should be installed using AppCafe.

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