Just a quick update for you fine folks this week! The bulk of the last week was spent fixing many smaller bugs that were still stuck in the PC-BSD trac database. Our primary goal now that 10.0 has hit release status is to fine tune the PC-BSD experience to allow for the smoothest experience possible. Users are encouraged to submit even the most trivial bugs during this “fine tuning phase”.
Among the programs that received updates the Warden received a patch fixing some issues with warnings, creating jails, and fixing user interface inconsistencies. Also the Package Manager received updates to fix some issues with how it interacts with pkgng. This should eliminate some of the minor inconsistencies some of you were seeing that was leading to communication issues between the two. Package manager and the User manager also received minor improvements to fix issues relating to their user interface.
Big news this week for the PBI format. Kris has confirmed that a patch has been implemented for the way PBI’s are being built that will shrink the size of PBI’s by approximately 50%. The patch has just been implemented and is currently in a testing phase, but stay tuned to the blog for more updates on how and when this patch will begin benefiting you in the very near future!
Thats it for this week folks. As always thanks for being loyal PC-BSD users!
PC-BSD Joule Edition was featured on eweek.com last week! Check out the article “FreeBSD Open-Source OS Comes to the PC-BSD Desktop” by Sean Michael Kerner.
The PC-BSD team has announced version 10.0 Joule Edition is now in official release status and is available for mass distribution. If you’ve used PC-BSD in the past you haven’t seen anything yet! PC-BSD 10.0’s feature rich front end runs beautifully without sacrificing the stability we all know and love from FreeBSD’s base system. This week we’re going to look back and highlight some of best new features now available in PC-BSD Version 10.0 — Joule Edition.
AMD / ATI graphics are now officially supported under PC-BSD. Although in the past AMD Radeon users have suffered from lack-of-driver-itis, those days are passed and a new age is upon us. I’m currently running PC-BSD on 3 different types of AMD graphics based systems and the performance is arguably better than some of my nvidia based test systems (sorry Nvidia fanboys :D). I was even more surprised when ATI hybrid graphics worked out of the box on my Samsung NP-350 Notebook computer. Especially considering this laptop was designed for…Windows 8…*BARF*
You will notice there are a couple of quirks to be aware of with the new Radeon drivers that we are currently aware of. Firstly the CTRL F keys do not bring up the console. This is being actively remedied by FreeBSD and we expect there will be a fix committed in the near future. Also KDE support for Radeon is there, but i’ve noticed that I experience random freeze ups from time to time on any of my Radeon systems. Using any other desktop environment seemed to fix the issue for me.
More of your favorite Desktop Environments! We’ve now added Gnome 3, Cinnamon, and mate to the list of desktops available under PC-BSD 10.0. Mate has officially replaced Gnome 2 in version 10.0, but Gnome 3 and Cinnamon will remain as “unsupported” desktops currently until further development and additional testing are done to bring them up to speed in PC-BSD. That being said feel free to report issues with these desktops with the understanding that they are currently in a “beta” stage and are offered without any guarantee. For best results with your PC-BSD experience use supported desktops!
The Grub and FreeBSD boot loaders have both received updated support to work with PC-BSD version 10.0. Have your choice now during installation for whatever boot loader works best for you. As we continue to work with the Grub boot loader our support is evolving simultaneously to give you even better compatibility.
In other news this week if any users are still using RC’s 1–5 please update to PC-BSD 10.0 — Release before reporting bugs so we can make sure we aren’t duplicating tickets for issues that have already been submitted and /or resolved.
Special thanks to the entire PC-BSD team including our testers, committers, and administrators. Without you guys this release wouldn’t be what it is today and we sincerely thank you all for your dedication in making PC-BSD Joule Edition a success.
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over. The PC-BSD team announced last Thursday that the project is now in 10.0 Release Candidate 5 (p4), and is available for mass consumption. There are a couple of important things to remember when upgrading to the latest RC. Kris announced that all users upgrading from RC4 or previous versions, will unfortunately have to upgrade all of their packages and PBI’s due to a recent ABI change in FreeBSD. For more information on how this will impact you and what you can do to have a smooth transition, please see the PC-BSD 10.0 RC5 release notes here.
Also due to the ABI change and the inability to use our previously approved PBI’s for PC-BSD 10.0 RC5, PBI’s had to be completely rebuilt and re-approved for use in the version 10.0 AppCafe. The PC-BSD team was able to get nearly 500 PBI’s rebuilt and re approved at the end of Friday the 24th, but there are still many more that will begin to show up in the AppCafe very soon.
Builds have started for final release, so keep your eyes peeled for the official release announcement over the next couple of weeks. We do not have an exact date at this moment for when the build will be finished so please wait patiently and allow us to finish testing to make sure that PC-BSD 10.0 release will be the best and most stable version yet.
- Joe Maloney has been working tirelessly to get Gnome 3 into PC-BSD, and has been a huge help getting this Behemoth DE into a usable state. Anyone who is interested in using / testing gnome 3 (it is still unsupported at this time) make sure to thank Joe for all the hard work he’s been putting in.
- PBI’s have undergone even more detailed optimization further increasing their startup times.
- More tweaks and optimizations have been committed to PCDM, Firewall Manager, and ATI Hybrid graphics laptops.
PC-BSD 10.0 is hurtling towards the finish line, and the big news this week of course is that the PC-BSD 10.0 RC-4 image is now live! If you want to be on the cutting edge of PC-BSD development please follow the link here and download the latest version of PC-BSD version 10.0 RC-4. Please be aware this is still an early RC image and is not an official release.
We are aware a small number of users reported that Grub is behaving slowly during RC2 and RC3 initial startups, and at the time I was able to duplicate the issue on two of my test machines. I have not been able to duplicate the issue with RC4. If anyone is still experiencing slow Grub boot times it is imperative you download the test grub text image @ http://web.pcbsd.org/~kris/PCBSD-10.0-RC4-grubtext.iso , and see if this helps and / or fixes your problem. Also it is beneficial to enable debug mode in your grub.cfg file and report anything that may look like it’s choking the system. This is the last critical issue we are looking into for PC-BSD 10.0 Release, and we’d love to track this down and get it taken care of.
NOTE: This is only for testing and booting purposes and is not appropriate to install from. Much of the PC-BSD image has been removed.
The wine PBI is now available in the AppCafe for PC-BSD version 10.0. I’ve tested the wine PBI with a number of different windows programs, and it appears to be functioning normally. Wine has a couple of kinks that will hopefully get ironed out over the course of the next couple of months, but for now it is usable. A couple things to remember if you want to use wine: The icons wine creates currently do not display the correct icons for the program, and would not execute the programs in my testing in KDE. I had to browse to the appropriate program directory and execute the program through wine’s run command. I have also been told that running the programs from the command line + wine also works just fine.
Remember: if you want to have a stable system, wine can lead to a number of freezes and or crashes especially with improper settings. This does not mean PC-BSD has a bug.
PC-BSD 9.2 Release systems will now be able to upgrade to PC-BSD version 10.0 Release and keep their PBI library. Kris has designed an upgrade feature that will allow PC-BSD to uninstall the user’s 9.2 PBIs (while keeping the PBI’s settings) during the update, and then reinstall the correct 10.0 PBI’s after the system update.
That’s it for this week folks. Catch you later!
Bug fixes, code freezes, and PBI speed increases! There’s lots of exciting news this week in PC-BSD so let’s have a look.
PC-BSD 10.0 Release has entered into the “code freeze” phase of development. In order to increase stability and focus on prioritizing bug fixing, major feature changes under the hood should no longer be committed for 10.0 Release. Trac ticket owners are encouraged to finish and submit your cosmetic / general bug fixes as soon as possible.
PC-BSD release candidate 4 (p3) is currently being built and is expected to be finished sometime over the weekend. Please click here to check and see if the latest image is currently available. If it is not available please check again later.
The PC-BSD update system has received quite a bit of new stability improvements in the form of additional code. Users can expect to see an improvement in the form of less errors during updates and an overall smoother update transition between builds.
Here’s a quick recap of some other awesome new features / bug fixes that have been committed over the last week. Please test and report any problems as quickly as possible so we can make sure 10.0 Release will be ready to roll (no pun intended) when the time comes.
- Most recent package set for 9.2 is currently being uploaded
- Improved Nvidia video card detection routines
- The PBI format received a substantial upgrade over the course of the week allowing for PBI load times to be reduced in some cases up to 40%.
- A fix has been implemented for the virtualbox driver
- New wine PBI’s have just finished testing, and should be available in the next couple of days
- Fixes have been committed for missing shortcut keys in the PC-BSD installer
- Keyboard layout issues have been resolved for multiple desktop environments
- Auto-mount detection has been improved for multiple desktop environments
That’s it for this week folks. Please keep us informed if you have problems that are persisting in the newest Release Candidate image.