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New Forum: pkgng Discussion

A new PC-BSD forum has been created: pkgng Discussion. If you have problems installing software using pkgng or running an application installed using pkgng, post the details there so that the developers can fix the issue.


Submit Your Hardware Compatibility Information

The PC-BSD team will be launching a new webstore designed to take the hassle out of knowing which hardware works well with PC-BSD. A wiki page has been created where users can add the models of the motherboards, video cards, network cards, wifi cards, and laptops they have found to work great with PC-BSD. When adding to the wiki, only add hardware that you have verified works as-is with no problem.

To add to the hardware list, create a wiki account so that you can login and edit the page. Since this list will get rather large, please add your entry alphabetically.


9.1 Users Handbook Available in Simplified Chinese

The PC-BSD 9.1 Users Handbook is now available in Simplified Chinese. Thanks to “efree” for providing the translation. This version of the Handbook is available in HTML and PDF formats.


PC-BSD Announces Package Repository for PC-BSD and FreeBSD 9.1

The PC-BSD Project is pleased to announce the details on how to access their new PKGNG repository, for PC-BSD and FreeBSD 9.1-Release systems.

This package repository is frequently updated, usually bi-weekly, with the latest and greatest from the FreeBSD ports tree. We will be using this repository for the PC-BSD rolling release edition, but it can also be used anywhere else you need packages on a PC-BSD or FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE system. This can include FreeBSD, TrueOS, PC-BSD, Jails and more. Getting setup to use this new repository is easy, and only requires minimal configuration. For detailed instructions, take a look at the step-by-step directions on the PC-BSD wiki.


PC-BSD at NorthEast LinuxFest

NorthEast LinuxFest will be held March 16-17 at the Science Center at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Registration is free for this event.

There will be a BSD booth in the expo area that will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs as well as other cool swag. Donations will be accepted for the FreeBSD Foundation.

The BSDA certification exam will also be available during this event.


First Rolling Release Upgrade Available

Kris has announced the availability of the first rolling release upgrade on the testing mailing list. Check that list’s archives before applying the upgrade to be aware of any found bugs. If you find a bug, post the details to the list.

Anybody who want to help us out testing a system update from the original 9.1 -> 9.1-RollingRelease can now do so!

To start the process on your system edit the file:


Change the line:



PATCHSET: pcbsdtest

After this is done you can just run the update manager gui, or pc-updatemanager command to apply the update as normal.

Please let us know any feedback you have with the patch, so we can bugfix and improve it.

Known Issues:

Once the desktop is re-installed, there is a bug in the online update tray notifier which isn’t showing if new packages are available. I’m currently investigating.

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