Oct
21

Incoming OSX BootCamp Support

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.

http://​wiki​.pcbsd​.org/​i​n​d​e​x​.​p​h​p​/​L​a​p​t​o​p​s​#​M​a​c​B​o​oks

Special thanks to Marcel Moolenaar for the GPT / gpart improvements which enabled this functionality!

Oct
02

3 Available">PC-BSD BETA3 Available

The third BETA release of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available! This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

Changelog

Notable changes in this release:

  • Fix issue enabling flash plugin after installation
  • Fix bug with handbook not launching in LXDE
  • Fix issue performing updates on ZFS systems with separate /boot UFS partition
  • Add lxmenu-data port, which provides nicer LXDE menu framework
  • Fix enabling ibus from GDM
  • Include “mga” driver in base
  • Add option to install only “openbox” as a window-manager
  • Fix bug doing PBI patching and checking the FreeBSD version
  • Improve PBI manager allowing ~/bin entries to point to wrapper scripts
  • Fix bug upgrading and installing the nvidia driver
  • Fix bugs installing from LIVE mode

When updating to BETA3 from BETA2, please apply the “System Updater Bugfixes” patch first, in order to ensure that your update process goes smoothly.

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list or via the PC-BSD Forums

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.

Sep
13

9.0-BETA2 Available for Testing">PC-BSD 9.0-BETA2 Available for Testing

Kris has just announced that BETA2 is now ready for testing:

The next BETA release of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available! This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

Notable changes in this release, in no particular order:

* Fixed an issue fetching large sets of packages during an update
* Added NVIDIA driver to install media, allowing it to be used instead of “vesa” and “nv“
* Fixed an issue with passwords & encryption strings with a ‘=’ in them causing parse errors
* Auto correct if user tries to use /home mount-point to /usr/home
* Fixed internet installation defaulting to an incorrectly formatted URL
* Added sanity checks to AppCafe to check if user is able to install applications
* Fix to pbi-manager to checkout correct FreeBSD sources
* When adding new users via the GUI, include them in the “operator” group by default
* Fixed misc crashes while using the User Manager
* Set wallpaper to full-screen mode on install images
* Increase default ‘/’ partition size to 2GB
* Added AppCafe warning when no meta files can be found
* Cap the size of default swap space
* Fixed layout of default XFCE menu
* Make hyper-links work in Welcome application
* Fix loading translation files in Xorg Wizard
* Show total and current MB of downloads in AppCafe
* Fixed bugs in Firewall Manager causing incorrect service names to be selected
* Show status of firewall restart in the GUI
* Put volume applet on LXDE panel by default
* Added feature to System Manager and Installer to right-click on meta-pkgs and show details
* Reorganized the meta-pkg layout
* Enhance pc-su to use more appropriate “su” backend depending upon WM being run
* Include support for some additional Broadcom wifi chipsets by default
* Allow booting to emergency console on LIVE images
* Added Draft version of PC-BSD 9 handbook
* Speed up booting by loading some KLDs after kernel is loaded
* Clear temporary files in /tmp at boot by default
* Add support into AppCafe for showing HTML formatted descriptions
* Added new default font configuration
* Use more appropriate icons for entries in Control Panel
* Fixed an issue with IBUS variables not being set properly
* Fixed printer config to use “pc-su” so we have permissions to add / remove devices
* Fixed syntax bug when trying to install using “gmirror“
* Fix pbi-manager to resume downloading meta-data if the system was shutdown before it finished

Known Issues / Errata

When installing from DVD the Adobe Flash plugin may not be enabled by default. To fix this, open a terminal and run the command

% flashpluginctl on

The update GUI in BETA 1.5 may not let you select the update to BETA2. To work around this you can start the update via the command-line using the following command as root:

# pc-updatemanager install release-9.0-BETA2

The update will begin to download and may take a while to finish. If you lose connection, or need to restart the update at a later time it will resume at where the download left off previously.

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

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.

Sep
06

Two PC-BSD Articles in September Issue of BSD Magazine

The September issue of BSD Magazine has two articles on PC-BSD. BSD Magazine is available for free download from this website.

Kris Moore’s article, Keeping Up to Date in PC-BSD 9, is on pages 89. This article introduces the newly designed Update Manager and demonstrates how to use both the command line and the graphical version of this utility.

Dru Lavigne’s article, Using Life Preserver to Backup a PC-BSD 9 System to FreeNAS 8.0.1, is on pages 1014. This article demonstrates PC-BSD’s revamped backup utility and demonstrates how to configure FreeNAS to receive backups of a PC-BSD system’s home directories.

Aug
19

9.0-BETA1.5 Available for Testing">PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5 Available for Testing

Kris has just announced the availablily of the next testing release. From the announcement:

PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5 is now available!

Users already running BETA1 may update to BETA1.5 via the system-updater GUI on the task-bar.

Notable changes in this release:

  • Enable hplip scanner support
  • Fixed bug removing PBIs sometimes leaving some file leftovers
  • Auto-create npflashplugin wrappers at system install
  • Improved fluxbox / icewm with “idesk” support for desktop icons
  • Fixed running the display wizard from the Control Panel
  • Fixed AppCafe crash when removing last PBI or download
  • Fixed issue saving some timezones properly during installation
  • Fixed detection of running WM for Control Panel icons
  • Fixed life-preserver to use non-standard port 22 when specified
  • Add default gtk2 theme
  • Update NVIDIA driver to 280.13

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. Please take a moment and refer to the snapshot documentation to pick the right one for you. When providing feedback please indicate which snapshot you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

Aug
01

9.0-BETA1">Release Announcement: PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release in the new 9.x series. 9.0-BETA1 is now available for download from the website or ftp server.

Caution

This is a BETA release, for early adopters and testers. Please use caution deploying in production environments. Additionally only a small number of apps are currently packaged and available in the new AppCafe. We will be releasing more in the upcoming weeks, but users who rely on a particular application may wish to wait until 9.0-Release before upgrading.

Major Changes

* Now supports multiple Window Managers, such as:
— KDE 4
— GNOME 2
— XFCE 4
— LXDE
— And many more!
* Support for “meta-pkgs”, allowing the user to customize their installed system with a variety of software.
* Improved PBI system, allows sharing of files / libraries between applications for reduced disk / runtime space.
* New AppCafe, allow easy browsing, installing and managing Applications
* Updated to the installer, allowing easy setup of ZFS, GELI encryption and more!
* Many improvements to networking setup GUIs
* New system-update utility, support for “freebsd-update” and upgrading from point-release to point-release. (I.E. 9.0 -> 9.1)
* Revamped “Life-Preserver” backup utility, makes it easier than ever to backup to FreeNAS or any remote ssh+rsync server.
* New PC-BSD Control Panel, provides one-stop access to a variety of system-configuration options.

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

Notes

There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. Please take a moment and refer to the snapshot documentation to pick the right one for you. When providing feedback please indicate which snapshot you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

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