whoami? I’m PC-BSD 10.0! – Weekly Feature Digest 15

The PC-BSD team has announced version 10.0 Joule Edition is now in official release status and is available for mass distribution. If you’ve used PC-BSD in the past you haven’t seen anything yet! PC-BSD 10.0’s feature rich front end runs beautifully without sacrificing the stability we all know and love from FreeBSD’s base system. This week we’re going to look back and highlight some of best new features now available in PC-BSD Version 10.0 – Joule Edition.

AMD / ATI graphics are now officially supported under PC-BSD. Although in the past AMD Radeon users have suffered from lack-of-driver-itis, those days are passed and a new age is upon us. I’m currently running PC-BSD on 3 different types of AMD graphics based systems and the performance is arguably better than some of my nvidia based test systems (sorry Nvidia fanboys :D). I was even more surprised when ATI hybrid graphics worked out of the box on my Samsung NP-350 Notebook computer.  Especially considering this laptop was designed for…Windows 8…*BARF*


You will notice there are a couple of quirks to be aware of with the new Radeon drivers that we are currently aware of. Firstly the CTRL F keys do not bring up the console. This is being actively remedied by FreeBSD and we expect there will be a fix committed in the near future. Also KDE support for Radeon is there, but i’ve noticed that I experience random freeze ups from time to time on any of my Radeon systems. Using any other desktop environment seemed to fix the issue for me.

More of your favorite Desktop Environments! We’ve now added Gnome 3, Cinnamon, and mate to the list of desktops available under PC-BSD 10.0. Mate has officially replaced Gnome 2 in version 10.0, but Gnome 3 and Cinnamon will remain as “unsupported” desktops currently until further development and additional testing are done to bring them up to speed in PC-BSD. That being said feel free to report issues with these desktops with the understanding that they are currently in a “beta” stage and are offered without any guarantee. For best results with your PC-BSD experience use supported desktops!

The Grub and FreeBSD boot loaders have both received updated support to work with PC-BSD version 10.0. Have your choice now during installation for whatever boot loader works best for you. As we continue to work with the Grub boot loader our support is evolving simultaneously to give you even better compatibility.

In other news this week if any users are still using RC’s 1-5 please update to PC-BSD 10.0 – Release before reporting bugs so we can make sure we aren’t duplicating tickets for issues that have already been submitted and /or resolved.

Special thanks to the entire PC-BSD team including our testers, committers, and administrators. Without you guys this release wouldn’t be what it is today and we sincerely thank you all for your dedication in making PC-BSD Joule Edition a success.

Best Regards,




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Written by Josh Smith. Posted in 10.0, hardware, new features, review

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Comments (6)

  • S.
    February 1, 2014 at 2:50 am |

    Thanks for the update. Is there any modern, good looking notebook you could suggest that works well with PCBSD 10 with Wifi, graphics and maybe even sleep modes supported?

  • February 1, 2014 at 12:59 pm |

    great news! downloading right now….

  • Juan
    February 2, 2014 at 6:58 am |

    Help!, SOS!, I could not install the version 9.1, 9.2 and now 10, I have a laptop Lenovo G570. The error happens after graphic installer displays a small, small rectangle logo and then freezes, and the background image becomes an image of 256 bits.
    In the graphical installer comes up:
    This will begin the instalation, continue?
    (y / n) y
    / root / pc-sysinstall / backend / parseconfig.sh: realpath: Input / output Error
    g_vfs_done (): md0.uzip [READ (offset = 581873664, length = 7168)] error = 6
    v_mode_pager_getpages: I / O read error

    Note: Use the installer from USB, also tried the live 9.2 and works well.

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  • March 28, 2015 at 10:09 am |

    PCBSD works very well for me.
    My all time favorite DE is OpenBox then Lumina. I use openBox with 2 LxPanels on my DE , Wmdrawer for my Admin CLI , Simdock for my VPN startup -shutdown with address location selections and Xfce panels for things like server start ups.
    It is much more versatile and secure than the other guys. OpenBsd without ZFS would be my second choice especially for older machines

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