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PDF of Development Environment of PC-BSD Presentation

The PDF of Yuri Momotiuk’s presentation on the PC-BSD development environment is available for download. This presentation provides an overview of PC-BSD source structure, what to include in your GUI application so that it can be localized, how to make the application single-instance, and how to add the application to the Control Panel.


9.1">Two Reviews of PC-BSD 9.1

There have been two reviews of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release in the past few days.

The first is an interview with Allan Jude during the Linux Action Show. Allan provides an overview of PC-BSD 9.1, including highlights of the new capabilities of Warden. The video of the show is here and Allan’s segment starts around minute 38:50.

Michael Dexter has posted his review From Crap to Critical on his Call for Testing blog.


PC-BSD Presentation at KyivBSD

Yuri Momotiuk will give a presentation “Development Environment of PC-BSD” on Saturday, September 24 at KyivBSD in Kyiv, Ukraine. Yuri developed the PC-BSD Control Panel and the GDM Configuration utility and is working on a bug reporting tool for PC-BSD 9.2. The presentation will be in Russian.



PC-BSD will be at Ohio LinuxFest on Saturday, September 29 at the  Greater Columbus Convention Center, in the downtown arena-district Columbus, Ohio. Kris, Ken, and Dru will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs and cool swag at the FreeBSD booth in the expo area. Kris will also be giving a presentation on PC-BSD at 11:00.

Registration is free for this event, so if you are in the area, drop by the booth and say hi!


PC-BSD and ownCloud

Kris has an article on pages 1417 of the September issue of BSDMag on how to setup a private cloud using ownCloud and Warden. The magazine is available for free download.

If you are already testing the upcoming 9.1, instructions for using ownCloud on Warden or TrueOS have been added to this section of the Handbook.

This issue of BSDMag also has an article on What’s New in PC-BSD 9.1, on pages 1013.


9.1-RC1 Now Available">PC-BSD 9.1-RC1 Now Available

Kris has announced the availability of RC1:

The RC1 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 are now available for i386 and amd64 architectures.

This release candidate provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.

Changes since the previous beta:

  • Based on FreeBSD 9.1-RC1.
  • Added new functionality to the warden client. You can now schedule daily / hourly creation of jail snapshots. You may also set the number of days worth of jails you wish to keep.  Old jail snapshots will be removed automatically.
  • Improve the shutdown scripts to make sure we unmount, even if the jail was manually stopped.
  • Added Active Directory / LDAP backend and GUI utility.
  • Fixed a number of bugs relating to jail creation / management.
  • Auto-enable the flash plugin when creating new users.
  • Added some initial packages to TrueOS, such as sudo / bash and others.
  • Bugfixes to AppCafe.
  • Fixed Window Maker startup issues.
  • Added the Enlightenment (E17) desktop as an unsupported desktop meta-package.
  • Added lots of new packages for TrueOS / Warden.


If you wish to update from 9.0 to RC1 you may do so by editing the /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to pcbsdtest.

After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the RC1 version will appear.

If you find any bugs in this snapshot, please report them to the testing mailing list.

This version contains a first draft of the upcoming 9.1 Handbook. This draft is not complete, the sections are not hyperlinked, and sections that are still be written/tested are highlighted in yellow. The next RC will contain a more recent draft.

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