PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 12/20/13

In the words of Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory TV Show), “i’m not insane…my mother had me tested”.  That’s the way i’m sure many of the devs felt at the end of this week.  While fending off the impending insanity caused by lack-of-flash-itis, the reason for our package issues with version 10.0 finally have started to come into focus.  For more information on the package / pkgng debacle please see this blog post:  Though we typically just recommend users just upgrade to new package sets, I personally opted to do a complete reinstall of 10.0 Beta P6.  The primary issue myself and many other developers kept running into was issues with the centOS linux compatibility layer that was just too buggy to make good use of at this time.

In other similar news PC-BSD is likely to begin starting a new version naming system to help differentiate the different types of releases and hopefully offer a little more clarity to users that may be less than familiar with the conventional FreeBSD naming system.  Along with the new naming system a new package release schedule will also be added to help users maintain more stability by not having to update their packages every couple of weeks.  Stay tuned for more information on this as it develops.

Flash is now working in both firefox and chromium as well as many other internet browsers.  The new PBI’s have been approved and include the fixes to make sure flash works with all the recent changes in version PC-BSD 10.0.  For Chromium look for the version of 31 ending in .63.  For Firefox look for version 25_01.  I’m not sure if the issue is widespread but there was an additional step needed to make flash work in firefox on one of my primary test systems.  If flash is working in other browsers, but not firefox run the command nspluginwrapper -v -a -i.  For some reason flashpluginctl on / off was not running the script as it was supposed to.  From most mainstream testing this looks to be a fairly minor and isolated issue.

PBI’s continue to be added to the PC-BSD AppCafe as well as tons of new compatibility updates for current 10.0 PBI’s.   Total PBI’s ready for PC-BSD’s 10.0 release are now in excess of 720.   PC-BSD version 9.2 has also been receiving tons of PBI updates so make sure to check those out as well!

Special thanks to Ken and Kris both as well for all the bug fixes you guys have committed this week (and for listening to my non-stop rants on why flash is so important).  The schedule has been insane, but the light at the end of the tunnel is near.

As we go into the new year soon we’d like to tell everyone thank you and wish you the best during the holidays.  I will now leave you with a bit of holiday cheer for all of who have or will experience that inevitable holiday computer failure.

Best Regards and Happy Holidays,


On the twelfth day I left it, my PC gave to me:

Twelve programs stalling;
Eleven chips a-smoking;
Ten ports a-jamming;
Nine jails a-frying;
Eight times i’m crying;
Seven blown partitions;
Six bad controllers;
Five seeeeeeg faults; (singer should hold out seg just FYI)
Four bad blocks;
Three bad controllers;
Two faulty pools;
And a burnt-out CPU fan.


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Written by Josh Smith. Posted in 10.0, 9.2, Events, pbis, pkgng, testers

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Comments (6)

  • December 24, 2013 at 1:28 am |

    When will the lastest version of PCBSD 10.00 will publish ? Which date is the lastest vesion date ?

  • zippy
    December 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
  • mohmad
    December 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm |

    Josh great, creative

    “Every year, are you okay” … This is what we are saying, “We are Muslims,” a substitute for “Mary Christmas”
    I hope that the new version supports 32 bit old computers

    • December 26, 2013 at 8:41 am |

      Hey Mohmad! Sorry for the bad news, but there are currently no plans to regress to developing to a 32 bit version of PC-BSD. You can always use a legacy version, but some of our best features require a 64 bit system. Unfortunately they just won’t work on 32 bit.

      Best Regards,


  • Tai Pset
    December 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm |

    Thank you for the fine weekly feature digest. I have a minor suggestion regarding the format of the title line. I would love to see the full date included in the ‘thought bubble’ at left, so perhaps the year as a 4 digit number above the abbreviated month? Then, I would remove the slash seperated date at the right of the title, as it is redundant, ambiguous in order for people from different countries, and I feel it also muddies the title itself. I think the result would be cleaner, clearer, and more aesthetically pleasing. Thanks for considering.

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