PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 23

Hey PC-BSDers! This week we’re coming at you with some pretty sweet updates to PC-BSD. The mount tray has seen some significant improvement and is now able to mount most audio / dvd formats without a problem. Also windows partition types are now showing up correctly on my test system after building the new mount tray from source. The mount tray will also prompt you to open your disc with a program and will offer you correct suggestions based on the proper package / PBI. Ultimately the mount tray will most likely replace the built in mounting systems in the desktop environments. This is still a little ways off in the future, but the direction we are heading in.

We heard that there were some users that were experiencing problems upgrading and believe we have found the guilty party. I was able to duplicate the same package upgrade problem that was causing updates to 10.0.1 to fail, and asked Allan over at Scale Engine to give us a hand. Allan was able to track down the issue to a faulty distribution server that was interrupting connections and preventing the upgrades randomly. This server has been removed from service at this time and further work is going into preventing this from happening again in the future.

Work has begun to localize PC-BSD into the Hindi language. We’d like to give a shout out to the newest member of our translation team Simran. Thanks for your help and we are excited at the prospect for even more people to be able to use PC-BSD. Our estimated date of completion is 3 weeks from now. If you have an interest in this language please help us spread the word!

Other News / Projects for this week:

* Merged latest ports and gnome3 patches into ‘master’
* Merged in latest VirtualBox versions
* Wrote a userland replacement for the FUSE module to execute PBIs in a faster and less unstable manner (about 90% complete)
* Kicked off new -STABLE builds
* Update 9.x PBI’s
* Add new XDG-compatibility classes in libpcbsd (scanning/listing/filtering system applications)
* New Utility: pc-systemflag (shell) – pc-systemflag is used to set a flag/message on the system for cross-application communication
* Rewrite the pc-systemupdatertray utility to use the new SystemFlagWatcher. Is much simpler and more streamlined now.
* Add system flag usage to pc-softwaremanager for PBI update availability
* Add system flag usage to the pbi-manager (“pbi_update –check-all” usage only)
* Add system flag usage to pc-updatemanager (for all package and system updates/checks)

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Written by Josh Smith. Posted in 10.0, 9.2, advocacy, new features, testers, translations

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Comments (5)

  • Bruno
    March 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm |

    How to install this latest gnome3?

  • sg1efc
    March 30, 2014 at 9:50 am |

    I am really enjoying 10.0, Thanks very much everyone! 🙂

  • segfault
    April 2, 2014 at 10:38 am |

    Great work, PC-BSD is really coming along nicely. I have been able to recently full switch my Linux dev machine over to PC-BSD now at work thanks to the stability of 10.
    Keep up the great work!

  • April 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm |

    Very cool. After having the pleasure of working with a freeBSD server after years of using ubuntu servers at work, Ive been doing some testing with PC BSD 10. Looks like I’ll be switching my primary OS :-D.

    That ZFS-goodness-right-in-the-installer bit convinced me. You guys should promote the heck out of that!

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