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.
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:
The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:
OpenTTD: a clone of Transport Tycoon Deluxe, a popular Microprose game originally written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.
Amanda: a backup system designed to archive many computers on a network to a single large-capacity tape drive.
Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs.
A PBI module has been created for MythTV, but we need testers to see if it works and to provide feedback on its usage. Testing this PBI will also allow feedback on whether the current webcamd drivers support TV tuner cards and to ensure that the webcam man pages are accurate regarding those cards. I suspect that MythTV on PC-BSD will be a process as we discover what hardware is supported, get some usage docs written, and fix any PBI and/or webcam glitches that are discovered along the way.
If you’d like to try out the PBI, download the one that is appropriate for your architecture.
To install, you can either double-click the downloaded PBI in sudolphin or, as the superuser, install it with the /PCBSD/Scripts/runpbi.sh /PATH/TO/PBI command.
Wikipedia indicates that you’ll also need a supported TV tuner card or a firewire connection to a digital set-top box.
We’ll be revamping the Multimedia section of the Handbook for 9.0. For now, I’ve started a placeholder for MythTV. Feel free to add the results of your tests there. You can also leave a comment here or on the pbi-dev mailing list.
The 8.2 version of the Handbook has been frozen to leave time for translation work before 8.2 is released. This means that if you make any edits to the Handbook on the wiki, that change will not make it into the 8.2 version of the Handbook. Once 8.2 is released, the 8.2 Handbook will be available for download/viewing in PDF and HTML formats. The wiki will be unfrozen at that point and work will start on updating the wiki content to reflect the upcoming 9.0 release.
If you are interested in assisting with a translation of the Handbook, please read the instructions in this mailing list post.