PC-BSD 10.1.2 Released

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next PC-BSD / TrueOS quarterly release, 10.1.2.


PC-BSD 10.1.2 Notable Changes:

  •  New PersonaCrypt Utility
    • Allows moving all of users $HOME directory to an encrypted USB Drive. This drive can be connected at login, and used across different systems
    • Stealth Mode – Allows login to a blank $HOME directory, which is encrypted with a one-time GELI key. This $HOME directory is then discarded at logout, or rendered unreadable after a reboot
  • Tor mode – Switch firewall to running transparent proxy, blocking all traffic except what is routed through Tor.
  • Migrated to IPFW firewall for enabling VIMAGE in 10.2
  • Added sound configuration via the first boot utility
  • Support for encrypted iSCSI backups via Life-Preserver, including support for bare-metal restores via installer media
  • New HTML handbook, updated via normal package updates
  • Media Center support allowing direct login to Kodi and PlexHomeTheater for the 10ft user experience
  • Switch to new AppCafe interface, with remote support via web-browser
  • Improvements to Online Updater, along with GRUB nested menus for Boot-Environments
  • Migrate all ports to using LibreSSL instead of OpenSSL
  • Switch from NTPD to OpenNTPD
  • Lumina desktop 0.8.4
  • Chromium 42.0.2311.135
  • Firefox 38.0
  • NVIDIA Driver 346.47
  • Pkg 1.5.2



Users currently running the 10.1.1 release can now apply the updates via their Update Manager utility. Users running TrueOS or CLI can start the update with the following command:

# pc-updatemanager pkgupdate


Getting media

10.1.2 DVD/USB media can be downloaded from the following URL via HTTP or Torrent.

Reporting Bugs

Found a bug in 10.1.2? Please report it (with as much detail as possible) to our bugs database.

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Comments (39)

  • asj
    May 18, 2015 at 7:44 am |

    Unfortunately my NVIDIA GT9800 is not supported by new NVIDIA driver. How can I revert to 340.xx?

    • Ken Moore
      May 18, 2015 at 7:57 am |

      asj » There are many NVIDIA drivers available on PC-BSD/FreeBSD: out of box the PC-BSD installer provides the latest (346.x) and the legacy (304.x). There is also an older 340.x driver available through the package repository post-install, just remove the “nvidia-driver” pkg, and replace it with the “nvidia-driver-340” pkg instead. Then be sure to flag the graphical setup wizard for start from within the PC-BSD control panel and reboot to apply the new changes.

      • asj
        May 18, 2015 at 8:20 am |

        Thank you so much for your quick response, Ken.

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  • Carlos
    May 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm |

    Where can I check out the screenshots?

  • qrious
    May 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm |

    Congratulations to the PCBSD Team! Just updated from my (once fresh) 10.1.1 and had a quick look around. The whole system reacts a lot faster. The new Mount Tray works like a charm on my USB sticks with German language settings. I noticed that the M.T. now mounts in the root’s /media directory. I guess I can dispose of the user’s home /media directory now.

    I had to revert to nvidia 304 after updating, though. And when I clicked the new handbook icon the whole system crashed (maybe this was related to using cairo-dock for this operation).

    Btw, where can I find the Tor mode or the PersonaCrypt stuff. Not in PCDM… I hope this has nothing to do with me using GELI full disk encryption.

    Many thanks for the best OS there is!

    • Ken Moore
      May 18, 2015 at 2:01 pm |

      qrious » The Tor mode can be enabled/disabled via the system updater tray (right-click on it to see the menu with the Tor options near the bottom). The PersonaCrypt options are included in PCDM and the User Manager (don’t worry, it does not require any special installation options to use the PC stuff). The “Stealth Mode” option for PCDM can be enabled/disabled via the “Login Manager Settings” utility in the PC-BSD control panel, and the PersonaCrypt users/device management is available in the advanced mode of the user manager (PCDM is automatically aware of any PC users/devices – no configuration changes required).

      Apparently the NVIDIA driver was updated/split right before our release (with a new nvidia-driver-340 legacy driver available), and we are adding a new meta-package for the older 340.x driver right now (it should be available in the next day or two). The new 346.x+ driver which was recently added apparently dropped support for a number of the older cards, so I think a fair number of people will find that they need to switch to the 340.x legacy driver after this update.

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  • sg1efc
    May 18, 2015 at 6:47 pm |

    And the awesome improvements keep on coming, Thanks everyone! 🙂

  • May 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm |

    At first I was kinda chocked after I rebooted the system since I thought it was just a daily update, didn’t know the new 10.1.2 was released yet.
    Then I realized that the systems boots faster, the local setting works and all looks great. My only concern it that the screen flashes when I Start AppCafe, PC-BSD Control panel and the Update Manager. Can that have something to do with the new NVIDIA driver (my video card is GeForce 210 with a DDR3 1 GB memory)

    And right after the update and reboot the system updated something again. I’ll run another reboot right after I post this.

    BTW, how do I run the system in Tor mode?

    • May 18, 2015 at 7:31 pm |

      Rebooted. Another questions. The screen also flashes when it boots up. Don’t know if it’s supposed to do that or if I should change driver as explained to “asj” above?
      Then again, I don’t find the settings in the new AppCafe, only for the repository, but not for desktop shortcuts, not for inactivating updates for specific apps and so as in the old AppCafe and right clicking on any of the installed apps don’t shows any setting either.

      Oh oh, I just right clicked at the white top of the AppCafe to see if there was some additional settings. Yea, a box that got unchecked by mistake and now is the repository setting gone as well and nowhere to be found 🙁

      • Ken Moore
        May 19, 2015 at 6:18 am |

        Robert » I am not sure what you were changing, but there are no checkboxes in the configuration dialog for repository settings and you can’t “accidentally” change your settings without confirming that you intended it by typing in your password. The new web-based interface is quite a bit different from the old Qt interface, and the options to add desktop/menu shortcuts are now located on the individual pages for the app(s) that you have installed.

        It also sounds like your GeForce 210 will probably function better (and not have those screen flashes) if you downgrade to the legacy 540.x NVIDIA driver as I mentioned above.

        Tor mode can be enabled/disabled via the PC-BSD system updater tray (as also mentioned in response to a comment above).

        • May 19, 2015 at 8:18 am |

          I’m not sure either what I did, but it solved it self after relaunching AppCafe. If you right click somewhere in the gray aria on top of the AppCafe you’ll see it that box.

          I also found the Tor mode, haven’t tested it yet, but I guess the box must be checked before launching the web browser (in my case Firefox), is that correct?

          So far so good, but I’m stuck with the AppCafe and in this case the NVIDIA driver (I liked the old AppCafe much better).
          The driver looks installed but its size is 0,00B and as for setting (other programs like e.g. Firefox) there is the “add” menu but not much else. Clicking on the small arrow inside the individual pages for the apps just directs me to the Fresh Ports page.

          Searching for NVIDIA drivers gives a number of options. I understand the one with the red cross is the installed 0,00B one, but then…
          nvidia-driver-304 304.125 has a download option, nvidia-driver 346.47 has not and instead it says “required” but both are stard (guess the means recommended?) and there is pcbsd-meta-nvidia-304 that also has a download option but not stard. Which one should I use?

          Looking in the NVIDIA setting in PC-BSD Control Panel I get this message: “You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server.”

          I guess that gets gone if I remove the present 0,00B one and replace it with a legacy.
          But how do I flag it for start from within the PC-BSD control panel as you said above? And how do I lock it so it won’t be replaced at the next update? The old AppCafe had the option but I don’t find it here.

          • Ken Moore
            May 19, 2015 at 9:27 am |

            Robert » Ah, I see that there is a built-in context menu on the toolbar with a checkbox which just hides the toolbar when unchecked (does not actually make any changes). I just disabled that menu in our sources, so the next version won’t cause this confusion.. 🙂
            The new NVIDIA meta package for the 340.x driver is not quite ready/available yet. We are just putting the finishing touches on it right now, then it will get pushed out and you will see it in the main AppCafe lists. If you don’t want to wait, you can follow the instructions listed in the bug report for this issue: #9827

            • May 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm |

              Sounds good and if I understand this correct I don’t have to do anything like uninstalling the current driver and installing a legacy one, but just await the next update, right?

              I also have to thank you after I found that the simple pic viewer and drawing programs Gwenview and Kolourpaint are back. Hope they stay this time 🙂

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  • Ken Weeks
    May 21, 2015 at 3:05 am |

    Just carried out the update looks great.
    I get a KWin crash report when shutting down.

  • May 21, 2015 at 2:58 pm |

    I just installed PC-BSD on my girlfriends laptop (Acer Aspire 5730Z) and since it’s older then my computer I chose the more lightweight desktop manager LXDE instead of KDE. The install worked great and it runs fast and good, but there are a few questions and at least one has to do with the 10.1.2 update.
    1. Where do I find the raw packages in the new AppCafe? I need a language pack for LibreOffice.
    2. How do I mount a USB-stick? I don’t find any mount tray on LXDE.
    3. (this one could sound somewhat odd) How do I set the clock on LXDE? The BIOS clock and the local setting in PC-BSD is right, but the clock is two hours ahead and shows the time in Moscow or so 😉

  • May 22, 2015 at 4:10 am |

    The clock solved it self after the latest update and restart. I also found the language pack for LibreOffice, so that’s solved as well 🙂

    But the USB is still an issue. All boxes are checked in Preferences => Volume Management => Auto-mount, but it doesn’t help. The USB came up for a few seconds but did get gone again followed by an error message “time out (something)”.
    I know this isn’t the topic here, but please help.

    • Ken Moore
      May 22, 2015 at 4:54 am |

      Robert » I would actually recommend using Lumina instead of LXDE for a lightweight computer. LXDE is a dead project that is having more and more problems start to appear over time. Perhaps LXQT (the replacement for LXDE) will be ported over from Linux eventually but for now the FreeBSD version of LXDE is just starting to bit-rot (as you can see with the built-in mounting routines in LXDE).

      As for the mounttray issue: PC-BSD registers the system tray utilities via the FreeDesktop/XDG autostart specifications (/usr/local/etc/xdg/autostart/pcbsd-.desktop), which are the primary standard for cross-DE compatibility. IF LXDE does not support that standard, then the mounttray (and the other PC-BSD tray apps) will not appear after you login. You might be able to manually run that autostart file with the “xdg-open” utility after you have logged into LXDE to start it up manually.

      • May 22, 2015 at 7:28 am |

        First, just to explain my post above, the whole error message I get is: “Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus)” and it appears only ones after restart when I insert a USB-pin.

        Looking in /usr/local/etc/xdg/autostart/ there is no pcbsd–.desktop (“show hidden” checked). There is the PC-BSD Mount Tray, but opening it gives only the settings for the tray. I don’t find any open utility in the xdg directory. I’ll check out Lumina (want to look at it in the handbook and screenshots before I install it.
        Personally I like KDE best, but A, I’m not sure this kinda old computer will run good with it, and B, she needs some really easy to use desktop manager since she isn’t interested in computers and doesn’t have much patience with them, just wants something the runs well.

        • May 22, 2015 at 8:58 am |

          I installed Lumina, it has the utility like the mount tray, but there are a few other things like:
          1. Are the desktop icons resize-able? They block their texts as they are now, and can the icons be set to a grid on the desktop?
          2. Can the taskbar on the top be moved to the bottom?
          3. Is it possible to expand the system dashboard for volume, battery and workspace to be shown on the taskbar all the time?

          • May 22, 2015 at 10:30 am |

            Back on LXDE after Lumina crashed big time. Two sets of desktop icons, tried to remove one of them = both gone. Tried to place a shortcut of the home directory on the desktop = no chance in h***!
            After I got back on LDXE the mount tray utility and other showed up on the taskbar but the USB error is still there.

            BTW, the local resetting after each logout is back as before the 10.1.2 and I have to set it every time before login. It seems like KDE is the only working desktop manager for PC-BSD, and since I’m afraid this computer is too old for that it sadly looks like we’re back on Windows XP if there is no solution.

            Or how is KDE on this hardware?
            Intel Pentium dual T3200 2.0 GHz, 667 FSB, 1 MB L2 cache.
            Memory 4 GB DDR2
            HDD 320 GB (don’t know if it’s SATA or IDE.
            (standard Acer Aspire 5730Z)

            • Joe
              May 23, 2015 at 9:32 am |

              With 4 GB RAM, my choice would have been KDE in the first place.

            • Ken Moore
              May 25, 2015 at 5:01 am |

              Robert » Sorry you had a bad experience! Lumina is still technically a “beta” release, and I should have warned you about that ahead of time….
              The crash issue when removing a desktop plugin was just fixed over this last weekend in the Lumina sources – the issue was very CPU/time specific and only a few random systems ever exhibited this issue (which is why it was not fixed until now), so it sounds like you just got rather unlucky.
              As for the PCDM localization/settings issue, please open up a ticket on the PC-BSD bug tracker so we can get that looked at ASAP.

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  • JohnnyK
    June 4, 2015 at 9:12 am |

    What port do I need to open on my external firewall to get tor mode working? At least I think that is what is wrong. When tor mode is off everything works fine but when tor mode is on I cannot browse anywhere.

    • Ken Moore
      June 4, 2015 at 9:27 am |

      JohnnyK » You can see the rules that setup the forwarding through Tor in /etc/ipfw.rules (when running in Tor mode). I am not an expert with IPFW, but I *think* it looks like tcp port 9040?

      • JohnnyK
        June 4, 2015 at 11:18 am |

        Thanks Ken for the reply. I will do that.

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