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.
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.
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.
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 2–3 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.
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.