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.
Josh Smith has announced the initial launch of the PC-BSD hardware store. This resource is meant to make it easier to find hardware that has been tested to work on PC-BSD. The store itself is here. If you have hardware that you know works and which you don’t see listed, please add it to the Hardware section of the wiki so that it can be included.
The PC-BSD team will be launching a new webstore designed to take the hassle out of knowing which hardware works well with PC-BSD. A wiki page has been created where users can add the models of the motherboards, video cards, network cards, wifi cards, and laptops they have found to work great with PC-BSD. When adding to the wiki, only add hardware that you have verified works as-is with no problem.
To add to the hardware list, create a wiki account so that you can login and edit the page. Since this list will get rather large, please add your entry alphabetically.
A testing snapshot that integrates the new DRM/GEM/KMS work is now available to testers.
DANGER: this snapshot should be considered alpha quality and for testing purposes only!
This snapshot is meant to provide testers the opportunity to provide feedback regarding Intel, ATI and NVIDIA video cards which currently are not fully supported using the existing FreeBSD Xorg drivers. Please report any issues you find to the FreeBSD X11 mailing list so that the FreeBSDD Xorg porting team can address them.
As an added bonus, this snapshot contains the shiny new 9.1 installer. Feedback on the installer should be sent to the PC-BSD testing mailing list. Currently, the new installer is totally undocumented, but that should change over the next few weeks.
ISC hosts portions of the PC-BSD infrastructure. Due to increased growth in the number of users using PC-BSD, the old infrastructure at ISC has been completely replaced. This should result in faster download times and updates for PC-BSD users.
For those of you interested in the technical details, the frontend box is a 6 core Xeon 5647 running at 2.93ghz, with an additional open CPU socket. This box has 48GB of RAM, and is running FreeBSD 9.0-RC3 on a pair of 1TB SATA disks in a ZFS mirror. This box provides trac/svn/rsync/ftp services to the outside world, and also runs an internal PostgresQL server for trac.
The backend box is a TrueNAS storage server connected via redundant point to point 10gigE to the front end box. NFS exports a RAIDZ of 4 2TB SATA drives with SSD L2ARC. This box a has a single quad core Westmere, with an empty CPU socket in case expansion is needed, running at 2.4ghz and 48GB of RAM.
Both machines have redundant hot swap power, hot swap drives, as well as LOM (lights out management) provided via dedicated IPMI.
The old hardware is being donated to ISC.
The latest NVIDIA driver is now available as an update in Software Manager. If you’re using NVIDIA, apply the update and reboot. When the bootup starts, select option7 — run display setup wizard at the boot-splash screen, and you will then be able to select the new driver. If you’re not using NVIDIA, you can right-click the update in Software Manager and select “Ignore this update” so that you won’t be notified again of this update.
This driver fixes several bugs and adds support for more GPUs. Details are at the NVIDIA website.