PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest
2013 is gone, and a new PC-BSD image is here. We are now in 10.0 Release Candidate 3 (p2) and are moving very quickly towards final release. There is still some fine tuning that we are working on, so keep those bug reports coming. There are some awesome new key features / support features that have been added so let’s have a look at what’s new in PC-BSD land.
The guys and gals at the PC-BSD project continue to push the envelope on cutting edge features. This week a new detection routine was finished that will offer simple detection on ATI Hybrid Graphics enabled laptop computers. The new detection system was tested on a Samsung NP350 that would stall during installation because X was not able to detect either graphics card properly during the installation and first start-up respectively. Now if the first video card fails X detection, a message will be displayed that it could not be started. It will then try the next one. More research and development is needed to see if we can apply this same fix to laptops using Nvidia as well.
For any of our testers out there that want to stay as cutting edge as possible and also assist in the current development in PC-BSD 10 Release, please go ahead and upgrade to the newest image by clicking here. We are in a time crunch now, but we want to make sure we find any major / critical bugs and get them squashed ASAP. Also I am still looking for testers to help us isolate any issues with the HPLIP package when installed while other printers (i.e brother, epson, etc) are installed as well. The goal is too possibly add more printer support to PC-BSD, however please understand this is something for down the road and will not be a quick fix. If you need more specific information about our goals with this side project please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New logic has been added to handling disk detection during PC-BSD installation. There was an issue in the gui install as well as text install where the 4k sector size option was causing an installation failure. If you were experiencing this issue and would like to test out PC-BSD 10.0 please go ahead and download the latest image and give it a go.
Special shout out to our Indonesian translation team for translating PC-BSD entirely into Indonesian Bahasa. Thanks for the hard work, and…record time for a translation to be completed. When I said “run with it” I didn’t actually know you were going to be able to finish it in 5 days. We went from having around 20% translated a few days ago to completely localized now, and we couldn’t be happier at the potential for reaching an entirely new market for us.
Due to the state of upstream support for Linux jails in FreeBSD we are re-classifying Linux jails as unsupported / experimental. The decision comes after frequent breaks in the way jails are handling the linux scripts and also the inability to handle advanced linux programs. We are hoping this is something that we can again start supporting in 10.1, but currently it is just too darned clunky to be called a supported feature. One thing Kris also mentioned to me in passing was that Linux jails were never meant to be pushed as far as they are sometimes pushed. We will continue to monitor the state of progress on this upstream and keep you informed on any information that comes our way.
That’s it for this week. You crazy kids stay out of trouble.
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