Sep
11

2: Directory encryption using PEFS in September Issue of BSD Mag">Part 2: Directory encryption using PEFS in September Issue of BSD Mag

The September issue of BSD Magazine is now available for free download.

On pages 3436, Kris Moore continues with his article on the PEFS encryption system that is available on PC-BSD 9.2.

Sep
07

9.2-RELEASE Images Available">PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE Images Available

Kris has announced the availability of the next set of images:

The latest PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-RC3) images are now online! Users who install this image will then be able to online update to a FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE kernel / world when it is announced. Users already running an earlier 9.2 image can now online update to the latest world / kernel / packages via the system updating mechanisms.

Changes since the last ISO:

  • Updated to FreeBSD 9.2-RC3 world/kernel
  • Added ability for installer to restore from a replicated “Life Preserver” ZFS backup. This allows you to do a bare-metal restore of a crashed system, or replicate a box to a new disk layout
  • Added network manager to installer, which will allow graphical NIC configuration before doing a restore
  • Fixed issues with xdg-open not working within KDE4
  • Many new enhancements / fixes to the graphical Life-Preserver utility
  • Enabled VDE for VirtualBox
  • Fixed a number of issues creating user / passwords via the graphical utilities
  • Added better VirtualBox detection for mouse-integration
  • Corrected a number of issues in preparation for online updates from 9.1 -> 9.2
  • When installing to a MBR slice (such as ada0s2) and not replacing MBR loader, GRUB will be stamped on the slice itself for chain-loading.
  • Added better Chinese fonts (wqy) to the desktop base system
  • Fixed an issue with system-updates via the GUI still showing updates to /boot/defaults/loader.conf
  • Improved device detection for the Mount Tray utility
  • Added automated kernel panic / crash dump reporting

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Aug
20

New Images Available for Download

Kris has announced the availability of the latest PC-BSD images:

The latest PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-RC1) are now available for download. Users who install this image will be able to online update to a FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE kernel/world when it is announced.

Changes since the last ISO:

Addition of the “lpreserver” CLI utility

  • Allows you to schedule ZFS snapshot creation
  • Supports ZFS send/recv to replicate your entire system to a remote machine
  • Logging & E-mail Reporting of snapshot / replication status
  • Basic ZFS monitor will warn of zpool failures or low disk space
  • GUI utility will be included in the next ISOs

Desktops can now set / change the system hostname during the first boot wizard

Fixed an issue with Warden creating templates on non ‘/’ mounted zpools

Seperate SWAP partitions are now created along side a zpool

  • When using raidz / mirroring, SWAP will be setup with ‘gmirror’ across all disks

The Warden GUI can now launch a graphical package manager for your jails under “Tools”

Fixed an issue with GRUB showing “no symbol table” errors at boot

Added a “pkg” wrapper to the CLI, which will do cleanup & conflict resolution during package operations

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Aug
08

2 PC-BSD Articles in August Issue of BSD Magazine">2 PC-BSD Articles in August Issue of BSD Magazine

The August issue of BSD Magazine has two PC-BSD articles:

  • Kris Moore takes “A Closer Look at the Changes in PC-BSD/TrueOS 9.2: Part 1 ZFS Boot Environments” on pages 2023.
  • Joe Maloney discusses “PGKNG: The Future of Packages on FreeBSD and PC-BSD” on pages 4246. He finishes the article by demonstrating how to install GNOME3 and Cinnamon on PC-BSD rolling release.

This issue is available for free download in PDF format.

Aug
08

9.2-BETA2) Images Available">PC-BSD –STABLE (9.2-BETA2) Images Available

Kris has announced the availability of the next STABLE image:

The latest PC-BSD 9-STABLE (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-BETA2) images are now available for download. These images contain a number of bug fixes to the PC-BSD tool-chain, along with a number of improvements to installation. We will begin rolling 9.2-RELEASE images shortly, so please report any bugs / issues found in this most recent –STABLE.

Changes since the last ISO:

  • Fixed an issue with Intel video chipsets not loading the correct kernel module causing a system crash
  • Added the ability to specify a ZFS pool name during installation
  • Added the ability to “Force 4K” block-sizes during installation
  • Fixed several bugs relating to “freebsd-update”
  • Fixed a number of mounting-related bugs for removable media
  • Added a new “Boot Config” GUI for managing Boot-Environments graphically
  • Slimmed down the USBFULL image to fit on a 4GB memory stick again
  • Correct an issue with USBFULL memory stick needing a fsck after a crash
  • Fixed an issue with broken entries for Windows Vista/7 in GRUB menus
  • Corrected an issue fetching FreeBSD 8.3/8.4 jail files via the warden

Highlights for the upcoming 9.2-RELEASE:

  • 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
  • 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, downloads will automatically pull from our CDN service hosted by ScaleEngine
  • New version of AppCafe: New streamlining and PBI management functionality
  • GitHub Migration: All PC-BSD / TrueOS sources are now available via GitHub
  • 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 PKGNG 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
  • FreeBSD/TrueOS 9-STABLE (Running 9.2-BETA2)
  • Binary “freebsd-update” server implemented for –STABLE, allowing monthly updates to a newer –STABLE release without re-compiling

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