This week the PC-BSD team has been busy working their magic pushing version 10.0 ahead at lightning speed, and some big things are starting to take shape. The PBI 10 format is about ready and we will begin populating the 10.0 appcafe starting next week. There are still a few small things to iron out with the approval system, but nothing too big that Kris and Ken can’t work their BSD magic on! Much of this last week was spent fine-tuning and improving the PBI format for 10.0, and I think you will all be very happy with the product of that hard work.
The PCDM login manager is back and is ready to undergo rigorous security testing in preparation for its introduction into PC-BSD 10.0. Ken has been fine tuning the new login manager, and has seen a number improvements taking shape from security to stability.
We have had a handful of users reporting problems with the .iso downloads from PC-BSD’s CDN network. If you have been experiencing problems with downloads not completing / resetting multiple times, then please let me know @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m specifically trying to see if we have a broader problem, or if we are simply experiencing minor intermittent download quality during off-peak hours.
This week I’d like to shine the spotlight on the new PC-BSD Disk Manager Utility (DM). The new DM Utility is a power user’s dream come true. Not only does the DM utility allow you to manage / maintain your ZFS pools, but you can also start scrubs, add ARC / ZIL devices, attach disks and much more. One of the most notable features are the ability to, like life preserver, make snapshots and revert back to them via a GUI interface. The disk manager will also include the ability to make new slices / partitions on disks. You will be able to add, remove, and modify slices with relative ease, although caution should be issued as you can very easily delete a system slice as well.
Stay tuned folks, there’s more great things coming next weekend!
The big news of the week is finally here! PC-BSD 10 images are ready for testing. These images are offered for testing and development purposes only! (Read disclaimer below). They are still in alpha so by all means fire away, but expect breakage. The more of you that can delve into this and get us feedback on bug reports the better!
PC-BSD 10.0 will offer a UEFI loader on installation media, as well as the newly polished life preserver system app. Also the installer will now offer the ability to choose between GRUB or BSD bootloader.
Over the course of the next several weeks more packages and PBI’s will become available as they become available / working for us. Keep an eye out on 10.0 updates here on the weekly feature digest.
This image is a very early cut of the new stable/10 branch of FreeBSD and is probably only suitable for advanced users or developers. A PKGNG repository is available for this release, however it is missing a number of packages we would normally ship with, such as virtualbox drivers, KDE accessories, etc. The AppCafe will currently appear empty, but we plan on populating it over the next few weeks.
Kris Moore has an article in the October issue of BSD Magazine which describes how the new PC-BSD 9.2 utilities are making it easier to take advantage of ZFS features on PC-BSD. The redesigned Life Preserver makes it easy to manage ZFS snapshots and to replicate them to another system or removable disk. The article is on pages 16–18 and the issue is available for free download.
Friday is finally here and we have some fantastic new features coming your way. This week the PC-BSD team has been incredibly busy developing some awesome key features and utilities I know you are all gonna love. So without further adieu let’s dive into it.
First off make sure to check out Kris’ new article in BSD magazine. The article will take a look at the revamped Life-Preserver utility which assists users in ZFS management, including snapshots, replication, mirroring, monitoring and more.
The moment you have all been waiting for is finally here! (OK maybe not everyone). Yes that’s right the KDE wallpaper bug has been fixed. If you are having issues please update to the newest package set and the issue should resolve itself.
I’d like to give a friendly reminder to everyone in regards to the bug reporting changes in last weeks blog post. Please take bugs straight to trac.pcbsd.org and post your bug so we can find the information quickly and also resolve it as smoothly as possible. This is the best and easiest way to get your problem directly in front of the developers. Also please note the general bug reports forum will remain open for users to post bugs, ask questions, and have discussions. However the other bug reporting forums will be closed. You will still be able to read the posts, but no new posts will be allowed.
The new Life Preserver mirroring and backup utility has finished it’s primary development and will be going through intensive alpha testing starting next week. It is not currently ready for public testing, but stay tuned as it will be available very soon for all of you to beat up a little .
Drumroll please! Early images of PC-BSD 10.0 will be starting development testing next week. PC-BSD 10.0 images are not currently available for public use. It definitely took some serious effort from Kris (mainly due to the current state of FreeBSD 10.0 packages), but the images do actually build and run now.
There are several other important features and improvements in the highlights below, so make sure to check those out! Stay tuned folks. There’s a lot more to come.
Heres the highlights for this week, October the 18th 2013:
- Life Preserver — Extensive testing over the next week
- PC-BSD 10.0 Images have been built for development and testing (not public)
- Time zone detection Feature added
- SSD option has been added for the disk layout GUI
- KDE wallpaper bug has been fixed — bug where wallpapers were not being displayed properly
Today i’m pleased to announce we have quite a number of exciting changes coming that we would like to let everyone know about. Starting today I will putting together a weekly status update every Friday to help keep all of you up to date on what is new in PC-BSD land. This weekly digest will be a quick highlight of what important features have been added, what major bugs have been fixed, and what is presently going on in general with the project.
We are also shifting gears on how we find and report bugs to the developers. To better facilitate the resolution of trouble tickets in PC-BSD we have consolidated the bug forums into one general bug reporting forum. We are asking PC-BSD users to use the trac system for reporting bugs (trac.pcbsd.org), and use the bug reporting forums if for some reason you don’t have access to trac or you aren’t sure if something is a bug.
Heres the highlights for this week, October the 11th 2013:
- Early images of PC-BSD 10.0 are in development and are currently being rolled and are in early testing.
- The new PC-BSD Disk Manager utility has been finished and committed to git. Special thanks to author and developer Claudio for this awesome new utility!
- Life Preserver utility has been updated with new features and stability improvements
- Bug reporting forums have been consolidated
- Weekly PC-BSD Feature Digest
- We have resolved a bug preventing users from upgrading properly via the update utility GUI.
The PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images images are now available for download. Users already running an earlier 9.2 image can now online update to the latest world / kernel / packages via the system updating mechanisms. Users running 9.1-RELEASE or earlier, please read the UPGRADING section below.
* Based on FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE.
* Bootable ZFS Boot Environments: using GRUB2, any new ZFS boot-environments created via the “beadm” command will be added to the boot-loader and available at boot-time.
* Re-written Life-Preserver utility: allows you to instantly create ZFS snapshots, restore files, and replicate data to a remote system or mirror to an additional local disk drive.
* Updated installer allows restoring the entire system from a replicated ZFS backup.
* New Boot Manager GUI: allows managing ZFS boot-environments and GRUB menus in a single location.
* PNGNG support: in addition to PBIs and the AppCafe, system admins and power users will now have access to a full PKGNG repository with frequent updates.
* Switched over to CDN for downloads: no more having to hunt for a closest mirror as downloads will automatically pull from our CDN service hosted by ScaleEngine.
* New version of AppCafe with new streamlining and PBI management functionality.
* GitHub migration: all PC-BSD / TrueOS sources are now available via GitHub (https://github.com/pcbsd and https://github.com/trueos ).
* Warden updates:
– Support for setting various jail options via the GUI
– Option to create jail “templates” based upon different versions of FreeBSD
– Support for VIMAGE jails
– Jails without any IPV4 or IPV6 address assigned
* Graphical Package Manager: GUI supports basic or advanced mode, which allows full package management / upgrades.
* Home directory encryption: PEFS based encryption allows users to encrypt their home-directory contents with their login password, which is only unencrypted while logged in.
* Boot times improved substantially
* Binary “freebsd-update” server implemented allowing updates to different PC-BSD branches without re-compiling.
Users who are still running the original 9.1-RELEASE from January 2013, or any earlier version, will need to backup their user data and install 9.2-RELEASE fresh to take advantage of the new ZFS features and Boot-Environment support for 9.2.
Users who are running a 9.1-Rolling-Release may online-update to 9.2 via the system update manager. If the update fails to install, please be sure that your system packages are up to date before trying again. (Control Panel -> Package Manager -> Updates).
!!! WARNING !!!
As with any major system upgrade, please be sure to backup critical data beforehand.
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