Kris has just announced the availability of 9.1:
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce that version 9.1 is now available! This release includes many exciting new features and enhancements, such as a vastly improved system installer, ZFS “Boot Environment” support, TrueOS (A FreeBSD based server with additional power-user utilities), and much more!
DVD, USB and Virtual Machine disk images are now available for download.
Highlights for 9.1-Release
- FreeBSD 9.1.
- TrueOS: A new server option with PC-BSD utilities such as the Warden available via the CLI.
- New system installer! Greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
- Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
- Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
- Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as compression, noexec, etc.
- Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
- Support for Warden to create Linux Jails
- New “Sound Configuration GUI”
- New “Hardware compatibility” GUI
- First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
- New Bluetooth pairing tray / GUI utilities.
- New EasyPBI utility, allows building PBIs via a GUI interface.
- New AppCafe improvements and preferences.
- Improvements to wireless networking utilities.
- Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
- Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities.
- Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.
- ZFS beadm support.
- Improved mirror auto-detection for roaming devices, such as laptops.
- And much more!
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.
The 9.1 version of the PC-BSD 9.1 Users Handbook is available in HTML, EPUB, and PDF formats. The PDF version will also be available as an icon on the desktop after a desktop installation.
Patrick Allen has an article on “Linux Jails in PC-BSD” in the December issue of BSD Magazine. The article starts on page 8 and the magazine is available for free download.
Some new categories are now available in the PC-BSD forums:
The Hardware Compatibility category contains forums to help users determine if their hardware is compatible with PC-BSD®. It contains the following forums:
The Server Administration category contains forums for discussing system administrative tasks system administration topics and questions for PC-BSD®, TrueOS™, FreeBSD, and Warden®. It contains the following forums:
There will be a FreeBSD booth in the exhibition area of LISA, to be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA. Exhibition hours are Wednesday, December 12 from 12:00–19:00 p.m and Thursday, December 13 from 9:30–14:00. Registration is required for this event, but is free for the exhibition area.
We’ll be giving out copies of PC-BSD and FreeNAS as well as some cool swag. If you are in the San Diego area, drop by and say hi!
As many of you are now aware, part of the FreeBSD build infrastructure was compromised recently. Many people have been contacting us asking how this relates to PC-BSD users. We currently locally compile and distribute all of our own packages, and at this time it looks like nothing on the PC-BSD side was impacted.
However if you are a power-user and have been manually using pkg_add to install packages from the FreeBSD package cluster, you may wish to remove these packages and rebuild from source. For more details regarding the security compromise, please take a look at the official FreeBSD page.
The RC3 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 are now available for i386 and amd64 architectures. This is expected to be the last snapshot before 9.1-RELEASE, so report any bugs to the testing mailing list so that they can be fixed in time for RELEASE. Note that the included handbook is still a draft version– it should be finalized and released to translators within the next week or so.
This release candidate provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.
Notable changes since the previous release candidate:
- PC-BSD handbook has been updated for 9.1
- Fixed bug where some keyboard layouts were not being displayed
- Multiple functionality and stability improvements for EasyPBI
- Multiple functionality and stability improvements for TrueOS
- New functionality improvements including better detection added to the mount-tray
- Fixed bug where default mount points were not being set correctly using ZFS mirror/raidz mode
- Fixed bug where update manager was not displaying the proper error text when failing
- Added new ability to create ZFS datasets for jail environments
- Added UK wireless channel 12 support
- Fixed bug where Linux jails were not importing properly
- Mirrors are now auto detected and set based upon location
- Automatic ZFS 4K blocksize enabled by default
- System manager should now show the correct dialog for “default“
If you wish to update from 9.0 to RC3 you may do so by editing the
/usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to pcbsdtest.
After changing this variable, run the updater utility to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the RC3 version will appear.