Kris announced yesterday on the translation and developer mailing lists that PC-BSD 9.0 is now in code freeze in preparation for the final release. From the announcement:
We’ve begun the process of rolling 9.0-BETA1 images, so from this point the pcbsd/current branch is frozen for all UI changes, to allow translators time to finish translating strings for 9.0-Release. Bugfixes which do not change translation strings are of course still welcome.
There are a large number of new strings in the “pbimeta.po”, which will be used for the AppCafe application and category descriptions. These strings do NOT necessary need to be finished in time for 9.0, since these get pushed out to AppCafe clients daily. All the other .po files are the ones which will be shipped with 9.0 and should be finished in time for the release.
Thanks for all your help in making PC-BSD 9.0 a reality!
We’ll be freezing the Guide around the end of August. Now that the UI is frozen, we can spend August updating all of the screenshots and filling in the documentation gaps. Once these are complete, an announcement will be made about the doc freeze so that the translators can start translating the documentation.
The July issue of BSD Magazine has an article introducing the PC-BSD 9.0 Control Panel on pages 12–15. It also provides instructions for building the Control Panel on FreeBSD or PC-BSD 8.2. The ability to add the administrative tools of any window manager regardless of the window manager you are currently logged into is pretty slick. You can also read just this article on slideshare.
John R Davis Jr. has started some torrents to speed up the download of the latest testing snapshot. If you use a torrent, please leave your torrent program open so that it can seed the file. When you seed, it speeds up the download of that file for everyone else. Note that you have permission to seed these files as they are freely available under the BSD license.
- 64-bit bootonly
- 64-bit CD
- 64-bit live DVD
- 64-bit DVD
- 64-bit USB boot-only
- 64-bit USB
- 64-bit USB-lite
- 64-bit USB-live
- 32-bit boot-only
- 32-bit CD
- 32-bit DVD
- 32-bit DVD-live
- 32-bit USB boot-only
- 32-bit USB
- 32-bit USB-lite
- 32-bit USB-live
Kris has announced that the next testing snapshot is available:
The next snapshot for PC-BSD 9 is now available!
Notable changes in this release:
- Disk partitioning fixes, related to “gpart” creating incorrectly sized partitions
- Speed improvements to pbid / hashdir functionality
- Fixes to policykit allowing auto-mounting in Gnome2
- Fixes to pc-sysinstall to save logs to USB media after failure
- Fixed bug auto-detecting WEP encryption in wifi tool
- Huge speed increase when starting AppCafe and reading repo index files
- Fixed adding scrotWM to GDM choices
- Bug fixes when adding new meta-pkgs, don’t wipe log file after failure
- Improved UI options / descriptions for disk-page of system installer
- Began adding some framework for new updating tools / schemes for 9
As usual, please read through our 9.0 Snapshots Wiki Page for more information on how to provide feedback.
The latest 9.0 testing snapshot contains a configuration script that automatically initializes the MythTV backend so the front-end is ready to use. We’re looking for testers, preferably with a video capture card, to test the setup on as many systems as possible and to provide information for the 9.0 PC-BSD Users Guide.
A documentation page has been started here. It includes links to the recommended hardware and screenshots of what should happen until you get to the front-end. At the moment, I don’t have a video capture card so testing by people who do would be much appreciated.
If you try out MythTV and come across an error, please post the error message and what prompted it to the testing mailing list. If you try it out and want to add to the documentation, create a wiki account. You can either add your edits directly on that page, or if you prefer to leave your notes for an editor to incorporate into the documentation, leave them in the Discussion tab of that page.
John R Davis Jr. has started some torrents to speed up the download of yesterday’s latest testing snapshots. So far, these torrents are available:
- 32-bit CD Image
- 32-bit LITE USB Image
- 32-bit Network Install USB Image
- 32-bit Network Install CD Image
- 32 bit Live USB image
- 32 bit Install USB Image
- 32 bit DVD Image
- 32 bit live DVD Image
- 64-bit Network Install USB Image
- 64-bit Network Install CD Image
- 64 bit CD Image
- 64 bit LITE USB Image
- 64 bit live USB Image
- 64 bit Install USB Image
- 64 bit Install DVD
- 64 bit live DVD
To use a torrent file you must first have a torrent program. If you are running Windows, try utorrent. If you are running Linux, check to see which torrent applications are available for your distro. If you do not have a built in client in your Linux distribution, try transmission. If you are running Mac OS X, transmission is also a good client.
Once you have a client you can download the .torrent file by right clicking its link and clicking save as, or by clicking on the link your browser should ask you to either save as or run using the default program.
After you open the .torrent file, you have to wait for your program to download the file from the “Seeders”. Your program should provide you an estimated download time.
After you are finished downloading the file, please leave your torrent program open so that it can seed the file. When you seed, it speeds up the download of that file for everyone else. Note that you have permission to seed these files as they are freely available under the BSD license.