Weekly Feature Digest 11/23/13

You can feel it in the air can’t you?  That time when we gather with family and friends, sit down to eat a great meal, and let the dog eat half the turkey.  Oh wait maybe that was just Kris last year…doh!   All kidding aside Check out all these amazing gifts that have been neatly placed under our  “ports tree” (pun intended).

10.0 PBI Approvals have been moving allowing at a quick pace and the appcafe should now be populated with approximately 400 PBI’s for public consumption.   Please report any issues you are having directly to trac and we will work on fixing individual PBI’s after approvals are finished.

In some exciting news Kris has announced that we are merging the GNOME3 / MATE /Cinnamon desktops into our 10.0 ports tree.  Be advised we are still working to resolve issues with these desktops in the base system and they are more than likely not fully functional at this time.   We will be testing and resolving issues as quickly as possible to try to get these ready for all of you.

FreeBSD will be releasing a security update that applies to SSH in the next few days.  If you are not a SSH user this bugfix won’t necessarily do anything for you, but it never hurts to be fully up to date just in case.

Bug fixes galore this week!  PCDM has been updated now to correctly display the correct language chosen during selection, however it is still being tested and should officially be ready sometime in the very near future.  Kris has added a ZFS dataset options to PC-BSD’s new text-installer front-end for greater flexibility for power users.

That’s it for this week folks, and remember feeding thanksgiving leftovers to your dog makes everyone sad.   See you guys next week!

Best Regards,


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

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Comments (14)

  • sg1efc
    November 23, 2013 at 10:13 am |

    Thanks very much everyone! 🙂

  • Rick Hanson
    November 23, 2013 at 10:14 am |

    Just a quick note to say thanks for doing these weekly updates.

  • Dmitry
    November 23, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    Hi, MATE and Cinnamon is very good news! Are you going to add them to the installation DVD?
    I still can not select the language at the entrance. I have installed all the updates from October 24. Maybe I need to reinstall the whole system?
    Little trouble:

    [allgear @ pcbsd] / # / usr/pbi/supertuxkart-amd64/bin/supertuxkart
    Shared object “” not found, required by “”

    I made a link to a file, but an error has occurred with another file.

    Thank you for your work!

    • November 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm |

      Hey Dimitry,

      To answer your question yes those DE’s will be included on the DVD media. First off are your packages all up to date? If not you may want to give that a shot first. I know a couple of these bugs have been fixed in git so you could always just pull from the git repo and rebuild PCDM. The Nvidia libraries that are missing should have been fixed in the PBI manager backend already as well.

  • anderson
    November 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm |

    pcbsd10-stable-last-updated-clear instalation (25-november)

    pkgs: KDE (lite) — NVIDIA — VMWARE Guest

    Windows7 basic — ASUS K45VM — VMware Player (with plugins OK)

    Network — STATUS OK — NAT

    BUG: keyboard does not allow configuring, Ç button does not work (laptop incompatible keyboard)

    nvida driver behavior (does not work)
    -pefs: AESNI hardware acceleration enabled
    -ata1: FAILURE – zero lenght DMA transfer attempted …(repeat several times)

    nv, nvidia, intel, intel3d: does not works

    • November 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm |

      You hear that Mr. Anderson?… That is the sound of inevitability…

      Let me make sure i’m understanding how you have your system setup. What you are doing is running a vm in vmware on a windows based system. If that is the case my understanding has always been you need to use the vmware drivers for graphics, or vesa. I know the graphics aren’t great, but they aren’t particularly meant for gaming purposes or anything inside a vm.

      I can personally vouch that all the drivers you listed as not working are working on native Intel and Nvidia system hardware. Intel and Nvidia drivers have been thoroughly tested on several different systems for 10.0.

      When you say keyboard not configuring do you mean not letting you select a language? This has been fixed in the newest 10.0 image

      Also this ata1: FAILURE — zero lenght DMA transfer attempted …(repeat several times)
      Went away for me after upgrading to the latest image. I believe it was just a minor freebsd issue, but the system still proceeded to work.

      • anderson
        November 27, 2013 at 8:23 am |

        so a virtual machine haven’t GPU acceleration.

        I tried to show how the system behaves in the virtual machine.

        When you say keyboard not configuring do you mean not letting you select a language? YES


  • momad
    November 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm |

    The system does not support 32-bit architecture does not support older devices
    The problem that I face,, – is that this system does not support the Arabic language well
    I would like to run a program and I can not Photoshop
    Office software does not support Arabic
    Does not support the games well

    • November 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm |

      I understand that the system does not support the Arabic language very well. Is that something you would be willing to help with? We need volunteers from countries around the world to help us translate PC-BSD from english to other languages.

      To address your comment on 32 bit support we do have legacy versions that support 32 bit architecture. I’m going to give you a brief outline of how I personally see 32 bit architecture. According to wikipedia the first 64 bit processor was introduced in 1991. Granted it took some time to reach main stream, but I think we can all agree 64 bit processors have been available mainstream for over 10 years. Also I recently saw a poll on a tech website asking out of 1000 people, how many people were still using 32 bit operating system. The results of the poll said that 93% of users use 64 bit architecture. The date of the article was March, 2012.

      With those things in mind I personally feel it would be a tremendous waste of resources to continue supporting 32 bit indefinitely. At some point it has to retire, and based on these statistics i’m confident in the decision we made to make future versions of PC-BSD 64 bit only. The reason for us was clear. I hope you understand we are not trying to alienate 32 bit users which is why we have 32 bit legacy versions. We have limited resources and need to spend our development time wisely so we can continue to innovate and make PC-BSD better.

  • Zoltán Farkas
    November 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm |

    It would be good for the users of these and similar interfaces – access to the new system topics:

  • anderson
    November 29, 2013 at 9:04 am |

    FreeBSD 10-STABLE-p4 + Gnome3 + VMWare-Windows-basic64

    notebook ASUS K45VM (core i7 3610qm – Geforce630m)
    > keyboard very crasy
    > GPU acceleration almost works in nvidia driver
    > Gnome3 fallback mode
    > Gnome3 awesome, but very buggy

    auto report by network with whole system, how to?

    • anderson
      November 30, 2013 at 5:36 pm |

      same history:

      [[I try to install from ports or the official Nvidia Tarball , I get these errors :

      [jdx qax1168] ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86-331.20% make install
      ===> src (install)
      make[1]: “/usr/share/mk/” line 12: Unable to locate the kernel source tree. Set SYSDIR to override.
      *** Error code 1

      make: stopped in /usr/home/jdx/Downloads/NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86-331.20]]

      in the vmware-windows7basic64bits nvidia driver don`t install

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  • nburgin
    November 30, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    For what it’s worth, GhostBSD, the only other extant FreeBSD distro for desktop that I know of, is already using MATE in its latest stable release. That Gnome2 fork shouldn’t be too much trouble. As for Gnome3 and Cinnamon, however…

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