PC-BSD’s installer made the top 6 list of open source graphical installers. It is interesting to compare screenshots of the various installers.
Here is what the article had to say about the PC-BSD installer:
SysInstaller, or PC-SysInstaller, is the installation program of PC-BSD, a FreeBSD distribution with KDE as the main desktop environment. It offers more configuration options in less steps than other installation programs in this article. It is, in a sense, what DI (the Debian Installer) is not.
Pros: Support for GPT. Like DI, it offers options to install Desktop Environments other than KDE.
Cons: Lacks support for boot loader password-protection. Shown in this screenshot is the desktop configuration step, where you can choose what Desktop Environment to install. The default is KDE4.
And this is the disk configuration step. Advanced disk setup does not get any simpler than this. Note that this screenshot was taken from a release candidate of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.
With PCBSD 9.0 rapidly approaching completion, I wanted to take some time over the next week or so to inform the community about many of the new 9.x PBI’s that will be available through the AppCafe.
Today I am going to list the new PBI’s within the “Desktop Utilities” category (ports/deskutils in FreeBSD language). One of the main aspects that I wish to point out is that while many of these programs are designed to work within specific desktop environments (GNOME, KDE, etc…), the PBI format ensures that these programs should work with any of the PCBSD 9.0 desktop environments, regardless of the program description! For example: Katapult is a KDE application that, when installed as a PBI, works successfully on a system with IceWM rather than KDE installed. I hope this will allow users to utilize the applications that they are familiar with, while running the desktop environment of their choice!
Some of the new PBI’s for the desktop utilities category are listed below (in alphabetical order):
Alacarte, BlogTK, BookReader, Cairo-Dock, Drivel, FBReader, GanyRemote, GBirthday, Genius, Gnote, GnoTime, Gourmet, Griffith, GRuler, GTG, gToDo, Gucharmap, GXNeur, Katapult, KBLTicker, KLuJe, KnowIt, Krefty, KTagebuch, Labyrinth, Launchy, NoteCase, Orage, Parcellite, Pinot, Planner, QTM, Recoll, RedNotebook, Rubrica, TaskCoach, Virt-Manager, Wammu, XPad
Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating many of the modules for these PBI’s.
Yesterday the PC-BSD project announced its partnership with the Blekko search engine. From the press release:
PC-BSD, a free open-source operating system that focuses on desktops and laptops, announced today that blekko, the popular human-curated search engine, has been chosen as the default search engine in the latest release of the operating system.
Blekko is a comprehensive search engine known for producing relevant search results. Using slashtags, curated sets of web sites organized around a particular topic, blekko combines the mechanical prowess of Google with human editors and communities in order to eliminate spam in search results and create a personalized search experience for its users.
PC-BSD 9.0, the latest release of the operating system, incorporates a search page powered by blekko that enables users to effortlessly search for quality, relevant and spam-free search results within the PC-BSD community. Users can also personalize their blekko search engine page with their own slashtags, and can share results with friends through social media channels, including Facebook.
“Blekko is a new and refreshing way to find what you need on the Internet,” says Kris Moore, Director of PC-BSD Software Development at iXsystems. “The slashtag concept in particular breathes new life into finding relevant search results, without all the needless sifting through pages of often unrelated content.”
Blekko has tapped the PC-BSD community to edit and maintain the PC-BSD slashtag. The newly created slashtag “/pcbsd” only shows quality results from trusted PC-BSD-related websites.
“We hope the PC-BSD community will embrace the blekko cause of eliminating spam from search by allowing users to curate the web”, says Greg Lindahl, CTO at blekko. “PC-BSD users are exactly the sort of inquisitive people who can help create a better search experience for everyone.”
PC-BSD 9.0 uses Blekko as the home page for web browsers installed with AppCafe™. If you’d like to try out Blekko, the PC-BSD themed Blekko page is here.
Two PC-BSD articles appear in the November issue of BSD Magazine, which is now available for free download.
On pages 6–8, Mark VonFange discusses some of the new features in the upcoming release of PC-BSD 9.0.
On pages 12–13, Kris Moore demonstrates how to create your own PBI repository on a FreeBSD system.
The first release candidate for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available! This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-RC1 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.
Notable changes in this release: (In no particular order)
- Added support for installing to BootCamp partitions on Apple OSX systems
- Added checks for invalid characters in the username
- Added button to installer allowing toggle between US keyboard layout and currently selected
- Added improved portjail init scripts
- Life-Preserver now defaults to backing up to a remote directory set as the client hostname
- Add some sanity checks to pbi-manager when creating new repositories
- Fixed bugs setting the proxy server in pbi-manager / AppCafe (Uses the default config in networking GUI)
- Improved the default firewall ruleset
- Enable IPv6 support on all nic’s by default
- Added options to pbi-manager which enables tmpfs memory building
- Improved pc-thinclient setup to use pre-built FreeBSD world instead of building from source
- Fix bug in pbi-manager when doing binary updates to ensure it is only attempted on the correct build
- Fix issues installing with mirrors / raidz on ZFS
There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. When providing feedback please indicate which install media you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.
One of the most requested features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9 series, is the ability to easily install to BootCamp partition, allowing dual-booting with OSX. We are pleased to announce that the initial support for this will be available soon in the 9.0-RC1 release.We are looking forward to feedback from Mac users to ensure this works smoothly for everybody in 9.0-Final.
For details on BootCamp installation, please take a look at the wiki page below.
Special thanks to Marcel Moolenaar for the GPT / gpart improvements which enabled this functionality!