PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 11/8/13

There’s a bone-numbing chill in the air, and that could only mean one thing.  Time for a PC-BSD weekly feature digest!  OK ok, I get it.  The cold has nothing to do with PC-BSD, but it could be used to describe how cool the new PC-BSD features are we are going to talk about. ( Ba – Dum – Ching! ).  You guys see what I did there right??  Bad jokes aside there are plenty of things to talk about so let’s get right to it.

PCDM has officially replaced GDM as the default login manager for PC-BSD in version 10.0.  It offers PAM session / authentication, and is sleek and simple to use.   PCDM will also provide language and locale selectors for login as well as a keyboard layout selector.  For more on PCDM see the PC-BSD wiki @

Kris has put together some awesome new ISO build scripts that will allow users to build their own iso images from source.  On a multi-core box you can estimate anywhere from a 6 to 12 hour build depending on the type of computer, amount of cores, memory, etc.    The new scripts are simple to use and are literally only a couple of commands to start.

New Images for 9.2 and 10.0 are on the way to the CDN for all you testers out there that want to be on the very tip of development.  If you don’t see the new images available you may need to give it some more time before they will be available.

We are now aware that there is a rogue node out there somewhere causing problems with CDN downloads.  If you are experiencing downloads that are stopping after a few minutes, not completing, or other various download related issues, please send me an email @ with the output of the host command on the PC-BSD download URL.  This should give us an idea of where to look for the problem child and get this resolved as quickly as possible.

And of course it wouldn’t be a new release without plenty of bug fixes!  The PBI back-end, PBI integration with AppCafe, and the Warden have all received tons of bug fixes in the last week.  We were hoping to have more 10.0 PBI’s finished by now, but because of some bugs in how FreeBSD 10.0 acts with the PBI format some updating / fine tuning had to be done.  It looks like most of the work has been finished to restore our ability to test 10.0 PBI’s so keep a look out on the 10.0 AppCafe for more awesome PBI’s.

That’s all I have for you guys this week.  See you guys again next time!

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Written by Josh Smith. Posted in 10.0, 9.2, new features, pbis

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Comments (7)

  • Pepe
    November 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm |

    You are doing an awesome work!

    Regarding PBIs, what’s the preferred way to install packages in PCBSD, PBI or PKGNG? And, does one exclude the other?

    • November 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm |

      Hey Pepe! Thanks for your question. Everyone has their different preference, but I use both PBI and Packages on my system. They are not mutually exclusive so you can mix and match.

  • Submitter
    November 10, 2013 at 9:04 am |

    I don’t understand why PCBSD does not provide an option for full disk encryption in its installer? FreeBSD 10 BETA allows the experimental ZFS which PCBSD has been using since quite some time.
    It’s okay even if it’s UFS but please incorporate support for full disk encryption in the setup. Be it UFS or ZFS this feature will be a great add-on.

    Thanks to PCBSD team for doing such the wonderful work.

    • Joe
      November 12, 2013 at 9:49 am |

      Agree. UFS and ZFS full disk encryption are very important. Using a laptop and need to secure my data. Want the same as–for instance–Debian and Fedora offer in their respective installers. 256 Bit-AES-key using dm-crypt incorporated in kernel. Thanks.

      • November 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm |

        Thanks for the reminder guys. Historically full disk encryption has been supported, but for 9.0 when ZFS became big it was discontinued because of the need of a UFS partition. Kris believes this is doable, but it will not make it in anywhere near in time to be in 10.0. I have created a feature request for you


  • November 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

    I hate Microsoft

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