For those of you trying out the 9.0-STABLE-20120225 testing snapshot, or who are curious about the revamped installer for 9.1, Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the PC-BSD Handbook have been updated with the new screenshots and functionality. Some sections are still being tested or aren’t yet fully implemented and will contain a comment to that effect in ALL CAPS.
I particularly like the new FreeBSD setup wizard; that and the ability to configure ZFS and encryption during installation makes it my new FreeBSD installer of choice.
Some of the new installer features will be refined between now and 9.1-RELEASE and the documentation will be updated accordingly. We will be releasing regular testing snapshots between now and 9.1 to give testers ample time to test new features as they are implemented. It is expected that the next testing snapshot will contain bug fixes from the last snapshot, the new gdm GUI configuration tool, and the changes to Warden that Kris is currently coding.
If you have any feedback or suggestions for the new installer, please send them to the PC-BSD testing mailing list.
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.
PC-BSD 9.1 will include a new GUI for managing bluetooth devices.
If you would like to assist in testing this GUI, you can compile and install the code on your PC-BSD 9.0 system as follows:
First, make sure that these two development packages are showing as installed in Control Panel -> System Manager -> System Packages -> Development:
As superuser, download the source and compile the Bluetooth Manager and Tray applications:
svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-qt4/
make && make install
make && make install
make && make install
When finished, leave the superuser account and start the Bluetooth Manager:
pc-su pc-bluetoothmanager (will prompt for superuser password)
Alternately, place the Bluetooth Manager in the system tray:
pc-su pc-bluetoothtray (will prompt for superuser password)
Note that the Bluetooth Tray currently activates on right-click, but nothing activates on left-click as of yet.
If you try it out, let us know if you encounter any errors or need additional functionality. Feedback can be sent to the testing mailing list.
Yesterday the PC-BSD project announced its partnership with the Blekko search engine. From the press release:
PC-BSD, a free open-source operating system that focuses on desktops and laptops, announced today that blekko, the popular human-curated search engine, has been chosen as the default search engine in the latest release of the operating system.
Blekko is a comprehensive search engine known for producing relevant search results. Using slashtags, curated sets of web sites organized around a particular topic, blekko combines the mechanical prowess of Google with human editors and communities in order to eliminate spam in search results and create a personalized search experience for its users.
PC-BSD 9.0, the latest release of the operating system, incorporates a search page powered by blekko that enables users to effortlessly search for quality, relevant and spam-free search results within the PC-BSD community. Users can also personalize their blekko search engine page with their own slashtags, and can share results with friends through social media channels, including Facebook.
“Blekko is a new and refreshing way to find what you need on the Internet,” says Kris Moore, Director of PC-BSD Software Development at iXsystems. “The slashtag concept in particular breathes new life into finding relevant search results, without all the needless sifting through pages of often unrelated content.”
Blekko has tapped the PC-BSD community to edit and maintain the PC-BSD slashtag. The newly created slashtag “/pcbsd” only shows quality results from trusted PC-BSD-related websites.
“We hope the PC-BSD community will embrace the blekko cause of eliminating spam from search by allowing users to curate the web”, says Greg Lindahl, CTO at blekko. “PC-BSD users are exactly the sort of inquisitive people who can help create a better search experience for everyone.”
PC-BSD 9.0 uses Blekko as the home page for web browsers installed with AppCafe™. If you’d like to try out Blekko, the PC-BSD themed Blekko page is here.
Two PC-BSD articles appear in the November issue of BSD Magazine, which is now available for free download.
On pages 6–8, Mark VonFange discusses some of the new features in the upcoming release of PC-BSD 9.0.
On pages 12–13, Kris Moore demonstrates how to create your own PBI repository on a FreeBSD system.
One of the most requested features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9 series, is the ability to easily install to BootCamp partition, allowing dual-booting with OSX. We are pleased to announce that the initial support for this will be available soon in the 9.0-RC1 release.We are looking forward to feedback from Mac users to ensure this works smoothly for everybody in 9.0-Final.
For details on BootCamp installation, please take a look at the wiki page below.
Special thanks to Marcel Moolenaar for the GPT / gpart improvements which enabled this functionality!