9.0 Users Handbook Available From FreeBSD Mall">PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook Available From FreeBSD Mall

For those of you who like a hard copy of documentation, the PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook is now available for purchase from the FreeBSD Mall. The Handbook is available as:

I’ve heard that the book looks awesome and have seen the cover/label/insert artwork for the DVD. Thanks to Jenny Rosenberg for the artwork and to Theresa Garner at FreeBSD Mall.


9.0 Desktop">Customizing Your PC-BSD 9.0 Desktop

Kris Moore has written the lead article for the February issue of BSD Magazine, which is available for free download. Kris’ article is on page 89 and demonstrates how to use System Manager to install and uninstall desktops and system components.


9 Isotope">Video: Introduction to PC-BSD 9 Isotope

The first in a series of instructional videos for PC-BSD 9.0 is now available. This video demonstrates an installation and showcases some of the new features in 9.0. The links are as follows:


9 Reviews">PC-BSD 9 Reviews

TechRepublic has a short review on PC-BSD 9.0 entitled PC-BSD: a BSD for the workstation.

The feature story in DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 441 is entitled Reviews: PC-BSD 9.0 “Isotope”.

If you’re aware of any other reviews, add a comment with the URL.


9.0 Released!">PC-BSD 9.0 Released!

The PC-BSD development team and iXsystems are pleased to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD version 9.0!

Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE, this is the first release of PC-BSD which offers users a variety of desktop environments to choose from, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more! Also available are pre-built VirtualBox and VMware images with integrated guest tools for rapid virtual system deployment, and native support for installing directly to OS X BootCamp partitions.

A very special thank you goes out to our contributors, testers, documentation team, and translators. Your help was invaluable in getting 9.0 ready for launch!

Some 9.0 highlights:

  • Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE.
  • Support for installing a variety of Window Managers, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!
  • Improved PBI system, allows library sharing, binary diff updating, custom repositories, digital signing and more!
  • Support for “freebsd-update” via the System Update GUI.
  • New Control Panel, providing consistent configuration options across various Window Managers.
  • Improved networking utilities, including wifi quick-connect.
  • Enhanced “Life-Preserver” utility for doing off-site rsync backups of user data.
  • New VirtualBox / VMware disk images, with integrated guest tools.
  • Support for UFS+Journaling out of box.
  • New graphical boot options page.
  • Support for installation to BootCamp partitions on OS X systems.
  • And much more!

You can download PC-BSD 9.0 here. Instructions for preparing a system for intallation and performing the installation can be found in the PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook. An update for upgrading to 9.0-RELEASE from an RC version of PC-BSD 9.0 will be available in Update Manager in the next day or so.

Physical media can be purchased from the FreeBSD Mall. A DVD and book bundle will also be available from the Mall by the end of January.

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