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Sep
11

Second Episode of BSD Now Airs Today

Today’s episode of BSD Now features an interview with Glen Barber from the FreeBSD release engineering team. Glen will discuss how FreeBSD release engineering works and what his role is on the release engineering team, the new features in the upcoming 9.2-RELEASE, and his new role with the FreeBSD Foundation.

This episode also discusses the latest news including a 3x speed improvement in FreeBSD disk encryption, OpenBSD’s Y2038 patch, the New Xorg/mesa, a tutorial on poudriere (binary package building), and viewer feedback questions.

This episode can be streamed live at 2:00PM EDT, 18:00 UTC. Afterwards, the episode will be archived on the same web page. Again, Kris Moore will be the co-host.

Sep
11

PC-BSD at LinuxCon

There will be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area of LinuxCon, to be held at the Hyatt New Orleans from September 1618. Expo hours are from 9:0019:30 on September 16 and 9:0016:00 on September 17. As usual, we’ll be giving out cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation. If you are attending the conference, be sure to drop by and say hi!

Note that this conference is not free to attend and requires registration. There is a discount for students and a limited number of scholarships are available for active members of an open source community.

We’re also excited that Matt Ahrens, co-founder of ZFS, will be presenting  Open ZFS on Linux: How the Linux, FreeBSD, and Illumos Communities are Joining Forces to Continue Improving Open-Source ZFS on September 17 at 15:10.

Sep
09

PC-BSD at OLF

Several members of the PC-BSD team will be attending Ohio LinuxFest, to be held in Columbus, OH from September 1315. Registration is required to attend Ohio LinuxFest, but registration is free.

We’re excited that Kirk McKusick will be delivering the closing keynote on Saturday, September 14. The topic of the keynote will be Building and Running and Open-Source Community: The FreeBSD Project.

Ken Moore will present “PC-BSD: Ports, Packages, and PBIs” at 11:00 on Saturday and Dru Lavigne will present “ZFS 101″ at 15:00 on Saturday.

There will also be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area on Saturday, September 14 where we’ll be giving out cool swag as well as PC-BSD DVDs and FreeNAS CDs. Donations to the Foundation will be accepted at the booth. If you’re at the conference, drop by and say hi!

The BSDA certification exam will be held at 11:00 on Sunday, September 14. The cost of the exam is $75 and you can register for the exam here.

 

Sep
07

9.2-RELEASE Images Available">PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE Images Available

Kris has announced the availability of the next set of images:

The latest PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-RC3) images are now online! Users who install this image will then be able to online update to a FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE kernel / world when it is announced. Users already running an earlier 9.2 image can now online update to the latest world / kernel / packages via the system updating mechanisms.

Changes since the last ISO:

  • Updated to FreeBSD 9.2-RC3 world/kernel
  • Added ability for installer to restore from a replicated “Life Preserver” ZFS backup. This allows you to do a bare-metal restore of a crashed system, or replicate a box to a new disk layout
  • Added network manager to installer, which will allow graphical NIC configuration before doing a restore
  • Fixed issues with xdg-open not working within KDE4
  • Many new enhancements / fixes to the graphical Life-Preserver utility
  • Enabled VDE for VirtualBox
  • Fixed a number of issues creating user / passwords via the graphical utilities
  • Added better VirtualBox detection for mouse-integration
  • Corrected a number of issues in preparation for online updates from 9.1 -> 9.2
  • When installing to a MBR slice (such as ada0s2) and not replacing MBR loader, GRUB will be stamped on the slice itself for chain-loading.
  • Added better Chinese fonts (wqy) to the desktop base system
  • Fixed an issue with system-updates via the GUI still showing updates to /boot/defaults/loader.conf
  • Improved device detection for the Mount Tray utility
  • Added automated kernel panic / crash dump reporting

Get Involved

Want to help out the PC-BSD project? Found a bug you need to report? You can do so by joining us on our Forums! PC-BSD welcomes new contributors, testers, or simply feedback on how a particular piece of hardware works with BSD.

Aug
20

New Images Available for Download

Kris has announced the availability of the latest PC-BSD images:

The latest PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-RC1) are now available for download. Users who install this image will be able to online update to a FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE kernel/world when it is announced.

Changes since the last ISO:

Addition of the “lpreserver” CLI utility

  • Allows you to schedule ZFS snapshot creation
  • Supports ZFS send/recv to replicate your entire system to a remote machine
  • Logging & E-mail Reporting of snapshot / replication status
  • Basic ZFS monitor will warn of zpool failures or low disk space
  • GUI utility will be included in the next ISOs

Desktops can now set / change the system hostname during the first boot wizard

Fixed an issue with Warden creating templates on non ‘/’ mounted zpools

Seperate SWAP partitions are now created along side a zpool

  • When using raidz / mirroring, SWAP will be setup with ‘gmirror’ across all disks

The Warden GUI can now launch a graphical package manager for your jails under “Tools”

Fixed an issue with GRUB showing “no symbol table” errors at boot

Added a “pkg” wrapper to the CLI, which will do cleanup & conflict resolution during package operations

Get Involved:

Want to help out the PC-BSD project? Found a bug you need to report? You can do so by joining us on our Forums! PC-BSD welcomes new contributors, testers, or simply feedback on how a particular piece of hardware works with BSD.

Aug
08

2 PC-BSD Articles in August Issue of BSD Magazine">2 PC-BSD Articles in August Issue of BSD Magazine

The August issue of BSD Magazine has two PC-BSD articles:

  • Kris Moore takes “A Closer Look at the Changes in PC-BSD/TrueOS 9.2: Part 1 ZFS Boot Environments” on pages 2023.
  • Joe Maloney discusses “PGKNG: The Future of Packages on FreeBSD and PC-BSD” on pages 4246. He finishes the article by demonstrating how to install GNOME3 and Cinnamon on PC-BSD rolling release.

This issue is available for free download in PDF format.

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