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.
With the release of version 8.2 just around the corner, and PC-BSD 9.0 slated for later this year, we will be stopping the production of new packages / PBIs for the PC-BSD 7.x series in the near future. Users still running on 7.x are highly encouraged to upgrade to the 8.x series in order to obtain the latest versions of PBI packaged software applications. While new PBIs for 7.x will no longer be built, we will still maintain an archives of the 7.x PBIs on our FTP site for historical purposes:
Gerard van Essen of FreeBSD News has a blog post about PC-BSD’s plans for this year:
Today Kris Moore, the project’s founder, announced PC-BSD 8.2RC1 and with regards to his plans for 2011 he writes:
“For 8.2, it is mainly a release to include the latest FreeBSD 8.2 / KDE 4.5.4. Also some bug fixes are present for advanced partitioning, letting the user select between MBR/GPT, and easily toggle between UFS+S/ZFS.
On the 9.0 front, we’ve implemented a new system of “meta-pkgs” which will let users customize their particular desktop based upon the available packages in the release. This means we can now select alternative desktop environments, such as Gnome/KDE/LXDE/XFCE and others. In order to accomplish this, all of our tools have been re-written in pure QT4, removing any requirements for KDE4 to be present.
You can read the rest of his post here.