PC-BSD -STABLE (9.2-BETA2) Images Available

Kris has announced the availability of the next STABLE image:

The latest PC-BSD 9-STABLE (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-BETA2) images are now available for download. These images contain a number of bug fixes to the PC-BSD tool-chain, along with a number of improvements to installation. We will begin rolling 9.2-RELEASE images shortly, so please report any bugs / issues found in this most recent -STABLE.

Changes since the last ISO:

  • Fixed an issue with Intel video chipsets not loading the correct kernel module causing a system crash
  • Added the ability to specify a ZFS pool name during installation
  • Added the ability to “Force 4K” block-sizes during installation
  • Fixed several bugs relating to “freebsd-update”
  • Fixed a number of mounting-related bugs for removable media
  • Added a new “Boot Config” GUI for managing Boot-Environments graphically
  • Slimmed down the USBFULL image to fit on a 4GB memory stick again
  • Correct an issue with USBFULL memory stick needing a fsck after a crash
  • Fixed an issue with broken entries for Windows Vista/7 in GRUB menus
  • Corrected an issue fetching FreeBSD 8.3/8.4 jail files via the warden

Highlights for the upcoming 9.2-RELEASE:

  • FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE
  • Bootable ZFS Boot Environments: Using GRUB2, any new ZFS boot-environments created via the “beadm” command will be added to the boot-loader and available at boot-time
  • PNGNG support: In addition to PBIs and the AppCafe, system admins and power users will now have access to a full PKGNG repository with frequent updates
  • Switched over to CDN for downloads: No more having to hunt for a closest mirror, downloads will automatically pull from our CDN service hosted by ScaleEngine
  • New version of AppCafe: New streamlining and PBI management functionality
  • GitHub Migration: All PC-BSD / TrueOS sources are now available via GitHub
  • Warden Updates: Support for setting various jail options via the GUI. Option to create jail “templates” based upon different versions of FreeBSD. Support for VIMAGE jails. Jails without any IPV4 or IPV6 address assigned
  • Graphical PKGNG manager: GUI supports basic or advanced mode, which allows full package management / upgrades
  • Home directory encryption: PEFS based encryption, allows users to encrypt their home-directory contents with their login password, which is only unencrypted while logged in
  • Boot times improved substantially
  • FreeBSD/TrueOS 9-STABLE (Running 9.2-BETA2)
  • Binary “freebsd-update” server implemented for -STABLE, allowing monthly updates to a newer -STABLE release without re-compiling

Get Involved:

Want to help out the PC-BSD project? Found a bug you need to report? You can do so by joining us on our Forums! PC-BSD welcomes new contributors, testers, or simply feedback on how a particular piece of hardware works with BSD.


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Comments (33)

  • alex
    August 8, 2013 at 9:29 am |

    Dear Dru,

    Will you do a 32-bit version because I cannot install amd64. Regards.

  • August 8, 2013 at 9:34 am |

    No, as 9.1 will be the last release with 32-bit images. You can still download that version from

    • Vyatcheslav
      August 22, 2013 at 5:22 am |

      I`m very disappointed. I have P4 processor, so “no new releases, no updates”…

  • August 8, 2013 at 10:48 am |

    Cool, Thanks a lot Dru, Kris, Ken and everyone else! 🙂

  • Boumboum
    August 9, 2013 at 4:59 am |

    I’m a little confusion! This version is a real stable version of PC-BSD 9.2 ? Because it based on beta2 version of FreeBSD.

    best regard at all

  • boumboum
    August 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm |

    Ok……………. 🙂

    thank Dru

  • boumboum
    August 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm |

    OOOOOKkkkkkk……………. 🙂

    thank Dru

  • pcbsd64
    August 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm |

    I didn’t notice an option for not installing the bootloader with these iso’s. Any way this option can be replaced?

    • August 10, 2013 at 4:02 am |

      Correct. The GRUB bootloader is needed to provide beadm support.

      • pcbsd64
        August 10, 2013 at 9:09 am |

        In my case I already have the Grub bootloader installed and would like to leave it as is. I was wondering if I could opt out of installing a bootloader during the pcbsd installation process.

      • pcbsd64
        August 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm |

        alternatively if the grub that is installed in the MBR could first probe for other OS’s. This usally works best if the partitions on which the other OS resides is mounted.

        • August 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm |

          Thanks for the suggestions. We’re looking into seeing if these can be added in time for 9.2-RELEASE.

          • August 14, 2013 at 11:38 am |

            This has been added and will show up in the next announced images.

            • pcbsd64
              August 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm |

              Thanks dru. I have re-installed my linux partion with an ext2 fs so that it may be mounted from BSD.

              • pcbsd64
                August 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm |

                that’s partition, not partion….can’t wait for the 9.2 release.

  • toby
    August 15, 2013 at 5:13 am |

    Are you guys still doing the VirtualBox or VMware images? I can’t seem to find any for the Stable release or 9.2 Beta…
    No worries if not, I’m aware you lot have had your hands rather full with all the amazing changes since 9.1 🙂

    • August 15, 2013 at 5:45 am |

      We will for 9.2 Release. As you have guessed, it adds to the build time to generate these with each rolling release.

  • Toby
    August 15, 2013 at 8:15 am |

    Fantastic. Many thanks for the prompt response. Can’t wait for the 9.2 release 🙂 Cheers!

  • Ken
    August 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm |

    Hi Dru

    9.2-Beta-2 is running great (a few problems mentioned in the previous Forum re 9.2-beta-1).

    It’s smooth and fast !


    Is there a way to run a Windows machine in a Warden cell – or by isolated remote ?

    Another related question – is there Kiosk/Internet-Cafe software for PCBSD around (or available from Free-BSD), somewhere?

    Thanks !


    * * *

  • sherlock
    August 16, 2013 at 4:30 am |

    I have an iMac late 2009, ATI Radeon GPU on which I like to install FreeBSD. I like to try LiveDVD/CD but it look like PCBSD has just usb vesion.
    And another what I like to know is: How is support for ATI GPU in version 9.2, please.
    Thank you very much.

    • August 19, 2013 at 6:56 am |

      Correct. The live version is only available on USB as it is designed to be a “portable” version of the OS.

      I’m not sure how ATI support is yet in 9.2–we’ll have a better idea once the FreeBSD 9.2 Release Notes and Hardware Notes are published. In the meantime, if you start the installer, in the very first install screen there is a hardware compatibility icon which will tell you if your particular card is supported.

  • August 18, 2013 at 11:38 am |

    Does not work with Virtualbox.

    Hangs when initializing Usb.

    • August 21, 2013 at 7:31 am |

      We are not able to reproduce that error. What is the host OS?

      • August 21, 2013 at 7:58 am |

        The Host OS is debian testing with 3.11-rc kernel.

        Virtualbox Version is latest available.

        • August 21, 2013 at 8:09 am |

          The Mainboard has 12 Usb Ports.

          Does the FreeBSD kernel support all of them?

          • August 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm |

            The fault seems to be with virtualbox ICH9 emulation.

            Using plain old PIIX3 works as expected.

  • mirzmu
    August 19, 2013 at 4:51 am |

    How is support for installation on UEFI/GPT computers?

    • August 21, 2013 at 7:32 am |

      ATM, it’s really BIOS specific.

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  • ComputingOn32BitMachines
    September 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm |

    it seems unreasonable to discontinue creating a 32 bit version just so zfs can be used exclusively.

    Im going to buy as many 32 bit machines as possible, as I dont like efi /uefi boot loaders on 64 bit machines — its more than an upgrade from the bios.

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