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Jan
24

PC-BSD on Thinkpad Laptops with Known BIOS Bug

During an installfest over the weekend, my local user group was bitten by an IBM BIOS bug that affects some versions of older IBM Thinkpad laptops. This bug was originally discussed on a FreeBSD mailing list back in 2001. Since then, IBM has released BIOS versions that fix the bug, but it is important to check your Thinkpad model number and BIOS version before attempting to install either FreeBSD or PC-BSD.

Details regarding the affected model numbers and BIOS versions are now in the this section of the PC-BSD Handbook.

Jan
24

New PBIs: Logwatch and GnuCash

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

Logwatch: a customizable, pluggable log-monitoring system. It will go through your logs for a given period of time and make a report in the areas that you wish with the detail that you wish.

GnuCash: the next generation of money manager created from a merger of X-Accountant and GnoMoney.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to jmdennis for requesting the GnuCash PBI.

Jan
21

New PBI: SuperTuxKart

The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:

SuperTuxKart: a Free 3d kart racing game; we want to make the game fun more than we want to make it realistic. You can play with up to 4 friends on one PC racing against each other, or just try to beat the computer.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating this PBI.

Jan
20

8.2-RC2 Available for Testing">PC-BSD 8.2-RC2 Available for Testing

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of the second Release Candidate for PC-BSD 8.2. This will be the last beta version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 23 weeks.

In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:
— FreeBSD 8.2RC2
— KDE 4.5.4
— Xorg 7.5
— Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
— Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
— Nvidia Driver 96.43.16

PC-BSD 8.2-RC2 is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.

Jan
18

Dropbox Location for German Translation of Handbook

Christoph Sold has created a Dropbox location for those who wish to assist with the German translation of the PC-BSD Handbook. If you’re interested in assisting, use this link to access the location. Dropbox requires you to create a login account and to be logged in in order to access content.

Let us know if there are other collaborative spaces for other translations of the Handbook.

Jan
17

9.0 Snapshot is Available for Testing">Next 9.0 Snapshot is Available for Testing

Another release of the PC-BSD 9 snapshot is now available for download. This snapshot includes a bunch of bug-fixes to the GDM login manager, some new meta-pkgs, and fixes to the PBI command-line utilities.

This snapshot also includes CD images that install the LXDE desktop, as well as the USBFULL image which contains all the available desktops and meta-pkgs.

Since we’ve not begun adding 9.0 PBIs to Software Manager, some users have asked how they can get PBIs on 9, such as FireFox. This snapshot allows you to do so with a few easy command-line steps:

To view available PBIs for direct download:

# pbi_info –i

To install a PBI from the list as the superuser, such as FireFox:

# pbi_add –r firefox

To add a desktop icon for an application such as firefox, run this command as a regular user:

% pbi_icon add-desktop firefox-3.6.13-amd64

Currently there are only a few PBIs available for direct download via pbi_add and they are meant for testing purposes. However, the build servers are chugging away on other PBIs for 9, which you can manually download and install by double-clicking in the GUI, or by using the pbi_add command as root:

64bit 9.0 PBIs

32bit 9.0 PBIs

***WARNING***

This is still ALPHA quality, so expect bugs, missing features, etc. Please report any bugs by sending an email to the testing mailing list or by starting a thread in the appropriate testing forum.

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