iXsystems Announces Release of PC-BSD 9.1 Isotope Edition

The press release for PC-BSD 9.1 is now available:

iXsystems is pleased to announce the arrival of PC-BSD 9.1 Isotope Edition, the latest release of the secure and user-friendly operating system based on FreeBSD 9.1. Several new components are introduced in PC-BSD 9.1 Isotope including a revamped Warden jail management tool, improved ZFS support, user interface enhancements, and the new server edition of PC-BSD named “TrueOS”.

The biggest change to come from this update is a complete overhaul of PC-BSD’s Warden jail management utility with support for multiple ports jails, meta-packages, Linux jails, and ZFS snapshot management. Advanced users can now enjoy unlimited FreeBSD ports sandboxes thanks to the integration of the Ports Jail utility with the Warden UI. In addition, the integration of the update manager into Warden and support for meta-packages allow users to install the complex programs available on the PC-BSD installation media, e.g., Samba and Apache, in jails. The ability to install Linux distributions, including Debian and Gentoo, in jails opens up new options for virtualization on PC-BSD. All of these functions are available from both the graphical and command line interfaces.

PC-BSD 9.1 improves ZFS support in the installer and throughout the system, adding many new features. The installer simplifies the task of disk layout, including support for ZFS mirror and up to triple-parity software RAID. ZFS users can now use the ‘beadm’ utility to back up the boot environment before an upgrade or major system change and restore it if necessary. In Warden on ZFS, entire jails (including Linux jails) may be cloned and rolled back. These advanced administrative tools help PC-BSD live up to its reputation as a powerful and versatile desktop operating system.

“PC-BSD has made stunning progress and is rapidly becoming the Unix workstation OS we have all been waiting for,” says Michael Dexter, the editor of and a long-time BSD lecturer and advocate. “From including ZFS and elegant management tools to being completely GUI-agnostic, PC-BSD embraces and extends FreeBSD in dramatic yet respectful ways and the result is a great desktop experience for not only end users but also administrators and developers.”

Several other improvements continue to ensure that PC-BSD 9.1 remains user-friendly and accessible to everyone. Set-up is easier than ever with the new, simplified installer that requires as few as four clicks for the default installation. The new installer also separates pre-installation and post-installation tasks, allowing OEMs to install the system and leaving final configuration to the end user. An “About” icon has been added to the Control Panel, making it easy to determine the PC-BSD version and which desktops and version of X Window System have been installed. The new release supports KDE 4.9.3 and improves support for wifi and Intel video.

One of PC-BSD 9.1’s most exciting and anticipated new features is the new server installation option. The regular installer now presents the option to install TrueOS, a custom server edition of PC-BSD. TrueOS provides command line versions of PC-BSD utilities (including Warden, Meta-package Manager, and PBI Manager tools) in addition to the base FreeBSD install. It’s an excellent choice for users who want to avoid the overhead of even the lightest-weight window manager but want to take advantage of the powerful tools available in PC-BSD. iXsystems offers Professional Software Support for TrueOS and PC-BSD.

“With the new TrueOS server option, system administrators and enterprise users of Linux will immediately feel more at home being able to install a system with packages such as Bash, Apache, or Samba available out of box,” says Kris Moore, founder and lead developer of the PC-BSD project. “This, coupled with command-line versions of the ‘Warden’ jail management tool, meta-package manager, update manager and others, makes running a BSD-based server easier than ever.”

For more information on PC-BSD or to download the new PC-BSD 9.1, please visit PC-BSD is also available for retail sale at in DVD form.

About PC-BSD
PC-BSD is a fully functional, user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. It runs on the latest FreeBSD version 9.1 with a desktop interface of the user’s choice and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed for PC-BSD and also available on FreeBSD, allows users to download and install their applications in a self-extracting and self-installing format.

About iXsystems
iXsystems is the all-around FreeBSD company that builds FreeBSD-certified servers and storage solutions, oversees FreeNAS development, and is the corporate sponsor of the PC-BSD Project. iXsystems is an employee-owned and operated, open source-centric, customer focused organization dedicated to providing the highest-quality built-to-order enterprise rackmount server solutions, pre-configured server appliances, and scalable storage solutions to our customers around the globe.

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Written by dru. Posted in 9.1

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Comments (13)

  • Your Fan :-)
    December 26, 2012 at 11:08 am |


    I know a TREMENDOUS amount of work by some of the most dedicated people in the scene has gone into this, and I want to thank you for it and congratulate you with it. FreeBSD is the *only* serious operating system out there, and I was eagerly awaiting the release of 9.1. I will download it in the next days, put it on a box and excitedly hope this will mean my ticket out of the Windows horrors. For sure, a donation will come your way; it will probably not be enough to pay for your servers, but it should be enough to pay you all a nice beer while you are celebrating 9.1 🙂

    Once again, congratulations, and thank you for all what you do: you are way beyond Apple, Linux and Windows, and there should be a Nobel price for the best OS-developers with the biggest heart of all…:-)

    • December 27, 2012 at 5:35 am |


  • John
    December 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

    One thing I would like to have seen is any mention on updates. I know that one thing talked about was after the releasing doing weekly updates. I have at times found that by doing an update the FreeBSD way of portupgrade or any other way it some times breaks PC-BSD. I would love to know if you are doing updates now when they come out. If so then I will try it out but want to make sure that when security updates are released that they are available and can be easily updated.

    • mato
      December 29, 2012 at 4:22 am |

      It was mentioned in past that infrastructure is being set up to provide regular building of latest PBIs. But from what is available it seems it’s not done yet. Also system PBIs should be kept updated as that is what users (and reviewers) notice first and those packages tend to get out of date rather quickly (especially considering long time between PC-BSD releases).

      • John
        December 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

        I forgot all about the PBIs as that is an issue. I know that FireFox took forever to be updated. I was more worried about all the other software that was installed. I know a lot of these get security updates and know that when 9.1 was in beta they talked about having weekly updates but did not know if this got taken care of or not. I hate to use some thing that does not come out with at least security updates soon after they are released.

        • December 31, 2012 at 5:05 am |

          Now that 9.1 is out, Kris is now working on the infrastructure to support regular system updates. We will also be moving to point releases this year, meaning that there should be a new point release (e.g. 9.1.1) every 3 months or so, so one does not have to wait for the next major release (e.g. 9.2) to use new features and updated software.

          • December 31, 2012 at 6:59 am |

            That’s awesome! 🙂 🙂

    • December 31, 2012 at 6:26 am |

      We already make security updates easy using Update Manager and they are available soon after the FreeBSD update becomes available. See the other comment below for info on the upcoming point release updates for software/features.

      • Larnaca
        January 1, 2013 at 6:34 am |

        Hi Dru!

        As one who recently became informed about the blessings of ZFS I’m now curious if you – or anyone else for that matter – know approximately how many people are working *full-time* (more or less) on the FreeBSD/PCBSD project? And is manpower increasing, stable or decreasing?

        Btw my initial ZFS attempt will be a home backup server (one SSD w ZFS or UFS + two mirrored ZFS hdds). Hopefully my backup server can have WOL (Wake-On-LAN) together with ACPI S3 suspend/resume thru a combination of SSH and a bash script but if that solution won’t be stable/working then we’ll try to a regular shutdown + WOL. All assuming WOL will work as intended…

        If successful at home I’ll hope to implement PC-BSD at the work place and thereafter contribute financially to the project.

        • January 3, 2013 at 5:37 am |

          There really isn’t any stats, but many FreeBSD committers have jobs that allow them to work F/T or close to it on FreeBSD. iX (just one company) has a dozen or so employees who work F/T on FreeBSD/PC-BSD/FreeNAS.

          • January 3, 2013 at 7:44 am |

            Wow that’s cool, didn’t realize there were so many.

            Good question Larnaca, Thanks. 🙂

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:25 am |

    […] The FreeBSD 9.1 release was announced in the last days of 2012 with many interesting new features and bugfixes. My favorite items are performance improvements, better Intel graphics and sound support, many ZFS improvements and many new jail features. For a complete list check the release notes. It is the new long term support version of FreeBSD, so I expect to see a mass update from 8.X to 9.1 in the coming months. I have FreeBSD 9.1 already running in vmware and also plan to try PC-BSD, as they also have a server version now, according to the annoucement. […]

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