PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 10/18/13

Friday is finally here and we have some fantastic new features coming your way.  This week the PC-BSD team has been incredibly busy developing some awesome key features and utilities I know you are all gonna love.  So without further adieu let’s dive into it.

First off make sure to check out Kris’ new article in BSD magazine.  The article will take a look at the revamped Life-Preserver utility which assists users in ZFS management, including snapshots, replication, mirroring, monitoring and more.

The moment you have all been waiting for is finally here!  (OK maybe not everyone).  Yes that’s right the KDE wallpaper bug has been fixed.  If you are having issues please update to the newest package set and the issue should resolve itself.

I’d like to give a friendly reminder to everyone in regards to the bug reporting changes in last weeks blog post.  Please take bugs straight to trac.pcbsd.org and post your bug so we can find the information quickly and also resolve it as smoothly as possible.  This is the best and easiest way to get your problem directly in front of the developers.  Also please note the general bug reports forum will remain open for users to post bugs, ask questions, and have discussions.  However the other bug reporting forums will be closed.  You will still be able to read the posts, but no new posts will be allowed.

The new Life Preserver mirroring and backup utility has finished it’s primary development and will be going through intensive alpha testing starting next week.  It is not currently ready for public testing, but stay tuned as it will be available very soon for all of you to beat up a little :).

Drumroll please!  Early images of PC-BSD 10.0 will be starting development testing next week.  PC-BSD 10.0 images are not currently available for public use.  It definitely took some serious effort from Kris (mainly due to the current state of FreeBSD 10.0 packages), but the images do actually build and run now.

There are several other important features and improvements in the highlights below, so make sure to check those out!  Stay tuned folks.  There’s a lot more to come.

Best Regards,


Heres the highlights for this week, October the 18th 2013:

  • Life Preserver – Extensive testing over the next week
  • PC-BSD 10.0 Images have been built for development and testing (not public)
  • Time zone detection Feature added
  • SSD option has been added for the disk layout GUI
  • KDE wallpaper bug has been fixed – bug where wallpapers were not being displayed properly



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Written by Josh Smith. Posted in 9.2, new features, testers

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Comments (5)

  • October 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm |

    Thanks a lot for the SSD Option in the GUI. I use that. Thanks again!

  • October 19, 2013 at 7:00 am |

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  • sg1efc
    October 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm |

    Sounds great Josh, Thanks a lot everyone. 🙂

  • Anders Bolt-Evensen
    October 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm |

    Will PC-BSD 10 support the old UFS filesystem? I’m asking because I’m unable to get my Mac to boot ZFS whenever I try to use ZFS on my FreeBSD partition (whether it’s GPT (booting FreeBSD on a Mac using GPT doesn’t work because Macs can only boot EFIor MBR) or MBR – it does not work when using ZFS). I’m also asking because I consider giving PC-BSD 10 a shot when a public beta is released.

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