PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 12/6/13
It’s finally here!! Earlier this week the PC-BSD team released a new test image for version 10.0. Some of the exciting highlights were the addition of mate / gnome3/ cinnamon into the installer and package manager. The linux compatibility layer has also been upgraded to the Linux Centos 6 compatibility layer which will be fantastic for the long run, but right now you may notice your internet browsers are not handling video properly in version 10.0. We have new PBI’s on the way that should solve this problem and get your Youtube watching experience back up and running…I mean who wants to live in a world without Justin Bieber…am I right…?? OK put your hands down people that wasn’t a literal question! Anyways I digress! here is what’s going on in the PC-BSD universe this week.
We are trying to collect information on how all of you feel about the ease of use of installing a printer on PC-BSD. We want to know the Good, the bad, and the ugly of your printer installation experience, including if you are having trouble finding a driver for your particular model of printer. To participate in our poll for the next 2 weeks please go to: http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=21460
I am looking for users that are willing to test functionality of HPLIP (in package manager under drivers) while using non-HP printers. More specifically if you have any brand of printer besides HP i’m looking for users that will add this package and see if it breaks or conflicts with your current printer’s setup. Understand this is strictly volunteer and advanced users are recommended in case of any potential breakage. PLEASE NOTE: There is a known issue I ran into with Mate and the HPLIP package. DO NOT install HPLIP right now while running mate or it will nuke your taskbar leaving you helpless to accomplish anything. We are looking into a fix on this and hope to have one shortly.
We are well aware of the bugs corresponding to users with Grub as their boot manager for versions of 9.0 and 10.0. While we believe we have isolated the issue we are still tracking down the root cause of the problem. If you are experiencing problems with Grub please go to: http://trac.pcbsd.org/ticket/748 and add any thoughts or diagnostic information that might help us locate the problem.
On a similar note some of you will be glad to know that the ability to pick between the FreeBSD bootloader or the Grub boot loader has now been added back into the installer for version 10.0. This may be especially helpful on systems that Grub is whining about booting from.
Many 10.0 PBI’s are finishing building over the weekend so you should see a pretty big influx of new PBI’s in the appcafe soon. We will be systematically testing and working our way through them starting early next week. EasyPBI is also receiving a big update for version 10, so some functionality may be missing or altogether not working for the time being. Ken is planning on the updates being finished in the next week to be fully compatible with the 10.0 PBI system.
That’s it for this week folks. Thanks for being a part of the PC-BSD community, and tune in next week for more exciting PC-BSD news!
P.S. Just kidding on the date before the edit…Just wanted to make sure everyone was paying attention ;).
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