Jan
17

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest

PC-BSD 10.0 is hurtling towards the finish line, and the big news this week of course is that the PC-BSD 10.0 RC-4 image is now live!  If you want to be on the cutting edge of PC-BSD development please follow the link here and download the latest version of PC-BSD version 10.0 RC-4.  Please be aware this is still an early RC image and is not an official release.

We are aware a small number of users reported that Grub is behaving slowly during RC2 and RC3 initial startups, and at the time I was able to duplicate the issue on two of my test machines.  I have not been able to duplicate the issue with RC4.  If anyone is still experiencing slow Grub boot times it is imperative you download the test grub text image @ http://web.pcbsd.org/~kris/PCBSD-10.0-RC4-grubtext.iso , and see if this helps and / or fixes your problem.  Also it is beneficial to enable debug mode in your grub.cfg file and report anything that may look like it’s choking the system.  This is the last critical issue we are looking into for PC-BSD 10.0 Release, and we’d love to track this down and get it taken care of.

NOTE:  This is only for testing and booting purposes and is not appropriate to install from.  Much of the PC-BSD image has been removed.

The wine PBI is now available in the AppCafe for PC-BSD version 10.0. I’ve tested the wine PBI with a number of different windows programs, and it appears to be functioning normally. Wine has a couple of kinks that will hopefully get ironed out over the course of the next couple of months, but for now it is usable.  A couple things to remember if you want to use wine: The icons wine creates currently do not display the correct icons for the program, and would not execute the programs in my testing in KDE.  I had to browse to the appropriate program directory and execute the program through wine’s run command.  I have also been told that running the programs from the command line + wine also works just fine.

Remember: if you want to have a stable system, wine can lead to a number of freezes and or crashes especially with improper settings.  This does not mean PC-BSD has a bug.

PC-BSD 9.2 Release systems will now be able to upgrade to PC-BSD version 10.0 Release and keep their PBI library.  Kris has designed an upgrade feature that will allow PC-BSD to uninstall the user’s 9.2 PBIs (while keeping the PBI’s settings) during the update, and then reinstall the correct 10.0 PBI’s after the system update.

That’s it for this week folks.   Catch you later!

–Josh

 

 

Dec
05

New Forum Categories

Some new categories are now available in the PC-BSD forums:

The Hardware Compatibility category contains forums to help users determine if their hardware is compatible with PC-BSD®. It contains the following forums:

The Server Administration category contains forums for discussing system administrative tasks system administration topics and questions for PC-BSD®, TrueOS™, FreeBSD, and Warden®. It contains the following forums:

Jan
17

PC-BSD on Google+

For those of you who use Google+, there is now an official PC-BSD page.

Jan
09

Winner of Haiku Contest

We’re pleased to announce that Jesse Smith is the winner of the Haiku contest with the following entry:

fast, secure, friendly,
a daemon in the machine.
behold: isotope!

The haiku is also availlable as a graphic:

Dec
15

New PC-BSD Wallpapers

Nine new PC-BSD wallpapers ranging in size from 1024x768 to 2560x1600 are now available for download.

Nov
30

New FreeBSD Wallpapers Available

Several new FreeBSD wallpapers have been created and are available in the following resolutions:

  • 1024x768
  • 1280x800
  • 1280x1024
  • 1440x900
  • 1600x900
  • 1680x1050
  • 1920x1200
  • 2560x1600

Since the FreeBSD logo and name are registered trademarks of the FreeBSD Foundation, each wallpaper includes a subtle trademark symbol and has been approved by the Foundation.

You can download the wallpapers from this page of the PC-BSD website.

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