Kris has announced that the PC-BSD project has moved over to a CDN (content delivery network) service for its network backbone. The CDN will replace the existing system of mirrors the project used for many years. It also means that users will no longer have to pick a mirror close to their geographical location in order to get decent download speeds when downloading PC-BSD, updates, and software. It will also prevent failed updates because the selected mirror is out of date or offline.
Once your system is configured to use the CDN, the CDN will transparently provide the fastest possible download. How to configure the system depends upon whether you are running 9.1-RELEASE or a rolling release:
For 9.1-RELEASE Users:
To make the switch, use Update Manager to install and apply the CDN patch. Alternately, TrueOS users can run the command pc-updatemanager check. The update will automatically configure the system to use the new CDN.
For Rolling Release Users:
Due to some recent breakage in PKGNG, run pkg upgrade twice from the command line. The first run will upgrade you to pkg-1.1.3_1 or later. The second run will upgrade the system packages to the latest set which has
If you run into any problems, let us know. We would particularly like feedback on speeds and availability so we can let our CDN provider know.
A big thanks to Allan Jude from ScaleEngine for configuring and hosting the CDN.
This press release went out this morning.
While it concentrates on FreeNAS, this is also very good news for PC-BSD, and ultimately, FreeBSD. We look forward to working with Jordan and benefiting from his experience at Apple. I see good things in PC-BSD’s future
Ken Moore has an article in the June issue of BSD Magazine which describes how to easily generate PBIs from existing FreeBSD ports. The article is on pages 26–30 and this issue of the magazine can be downloaded for free from here.
SouthEast LinuxFest will be held at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina from Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9. Registration is required, but free, for this event.
There will be a BSD booth in the Expo area, all three days. Several members of the PC-BSD team will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and other cool swag, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Kris Moore will present “Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC-BSD systems” at 16:00 on June 7. Dru Lavigne will present “A Sneak Peek at FreeNAS 9.1″ at 14:45 on June 8. Ken Moore will present “Getting Started with PC-BSD” at 14:45 on June 9.
The BSDA certification exam will be held at 11:00 on June 9. The cost for the exam is $75.
Several members of the PC-BSD team will be at Texas LinuxFest, to be held at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas from Friday May 31 to Saturday June 1. Registration is required for this event at a cost of $25 or $55.
There will be a BSD booth in the Expo (booth #21) on June 1 where we’ll be giving out PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs and other cool swag. We can also accept donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Kris Moore will present “Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC-BSD® systems” at 11:25 on June 1. Dru Lavigne will present “TrueOS and Warden: Easy to Deploy FreeBSD Servers” at 13:30 on June 1.
The BSDA certification exam will be held at 13:00 on May 31. The cost for the exam is $75.