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PC-BSD at All Things Open and vBSDCon

We’ll be giving out PC-BSD and FreeNAS swag and accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation at two events this week:

All Things Open will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. We’ll be at booth #18 in the expo area. Expo hours are 9-5 on Wednesday, October 23 and 9-4 on Thursday, October 24. Registration is required for this event.

vBSDCon will be held at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA. This BSD conference starts with a welcome dinner on Friday evening followed by a hacker lounge and doc sprint. There will be presentations on Saturday and Sunday and the BSDA certification exam on Saturday evening. Saturday evening will also host a social event, hacking lounge, and doc sprint. We’ll have a booth in the expo area. The registration fee for this event is $75.


PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE Now Available

The PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images images are now available for download. Users already running an earlier 9.2 image can now online update to the latest world / kernel / packages via the system updating mechanisms. Users running 9.1-RELEASE or earlier, please read the UPGRADING section below.

9.2-RELEASE Highlights

* Based on FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE.

* Bootable ZFS Boot Environments: using GRUB2, any new ZFS boot-environments created via the “beadm” command will be added to the boot-loader and available at boot-time.

* Re-written Life-Preserver utility: allows you to instantly create ZFS snapshots, restore files, and replicate data to a remote system or mirror to an additional local disk drive.

* Updated installer allows restoring the entire system from a replicated ZFS backup.

* New Boot Manager GUI: allows managing ZFS boot-environments and GRUB menus in a single location.

* PNGNG support: in addition to PBIs and the AppCafe, system admins and power users will now have access to a full PKGNG repository with frequent updates.

* Switched over to CDN for downloads: no more having to hunt for a closest mirror as downloads will automatically pull from our CDN service hosted by ScaleEngine.

* New version of AppCafe with new streamlining and PBI management functionality.

* GitHub migration: all PC-BSD / TrueOS sources are now available via GitHub ( and ).

* Warden updates:
– Support for setting various jail options via the GUI
– Option to create jail “templates” based upon different versions of FreeBSD
– Support for VIMAGE jails
– Jails without any IPV4 or IPV6 address assigned

* Graphical Package Manager: GUI supports basic or advanced mode, which allows full package management / upgrades.

* Home directory encryption: PEFS based encryption allows users to encrypt their home-directory contents with their login password, which is only unencrypted while logged in.

* Boot times improved substantially

* Binary “freebsd-update” server implemented allowing updates to different PC-BSD branches without re-compiling.


Users who are still running the original 9.1-RELEASE from January 2013, or any earlier version, will need to backup their user data and install 9.2-RELEASE fresh to take advantage of the new ZFS features  and Boot-Environment support for 9.2.

Users who are running a 9.1-Rolling-Release may online-update to 9.2 via the system update manager. If the update fails to install, please be sure that your system packages are up to date before trying again. (Control Panel -> Package Manager -> Updates).

!!! WARNING !!!
As with any major system upgrade, please be sure to backup critical data beforehand.

Get Involved

Want to help out the PC-BSD project? Discuss a feature or part of the system? 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.

Reporting Issues

Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our Trac database.


9.2-RC4 Images Now Available

The latest PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-RC4) 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. This *should* be the last RC before 9.2-RELEASE is tagged, so if you find any issues please let us know right away.

Changes since the last ISO:

* Added patches for FreeBSD SA’s 13:11-13

* Updated to FreeBSD 9.2-RC4 world/kerne

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.


Part 2: Directory encryption using PEFS in September Issue of BSD Mag

The September issue of BSD Magazine is now available for free download.

On pages 34-36, Kris Moore continues with his article on the PEFS encryption system that is available on PC-BSD 9.2.


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.


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 16-18. Expo hours are from 9:00-19:30 on September 16 and 9:00-16:00 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.

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