When Kris told me he wanted me to help act as a QA for the PC-BSD project it never occurred to me that someone had to test all those nifty PBI’s in the appcafe when there’s a big release. Let me tell you after a week of testing PBI’s I have a whole new appreciation for what Ken does on a weekly basis. Thankfully the weekend is finally here, and it’s time to look at what else has been going on over this last week.
Over 200 PBI’s have been populated in to the PC-BSD 10 Stable Appcafe. We are plugging away at approving and testing more, but it is hard to know just how long it will take. Most of what I would consider the “important” PBI’s have been approved. Firefox, Chromium, and Thunderbird being just a handful.
Many of you will be excited to find out that adobe flash is working perfectly on chromium in my 10.0 KDE box. I listen to youtube playlists all week and didn’t find a single video that wouldn’t load. Other sites that appear to be working include Vimeo, Hulu, and Amazon. I have not heard if this fix is being backported to 9.3, but I will let you guys know when we find out.
This week many PC-BSD programs received some necessary bug fixes and updates. Some of the updates include network detection in package / update manager, nvidia graphic detection, as well as security updates for PCDM. If you are experiencing an annoying bug that you’ve just been ignoring in version 10.0 now is the time to create a bug ticket on trac. Keep in mind the newest 10.0 iso is the “stable” branch not “current” when reporting bugs.
If you are still experiencing any difficulty with extremely slow download speeds, or downloads that continue to fail after multiple tries, make sure to send me an e-mail at email@example.com. The information we are looking for is the output of the host command in pc-bsd, or if you are not using PC-BSD as your primary desktop we can use your IP address assigned by your ISP to try and search for the log file of the failed download. I’m sure it gos without saying, but please keep your IP confidential and send it directly to me if you can help us with that information.
Enjoy your weekend!
Kris has announced the availability of the next 10.0 testing image:
The second PC-BSD 10-STABLE image is now available for download!
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 currently has only a few items in it for testing, but more will be added soon.
NOTE: Users of the previous 10-STABLE image may not be able to online-update, due to a bug in FreeBSD Update.
- Includes FreeBSD 10-STABLE / 10.0-BETA3 from 11/8/2013
- Switched to PCDM as the default login manager
- New 10.X artwork & themes
- Fixed a long list of bugs relating to PBIs
- Fixed issues enabling the flash plugin out of box
- Corrected some installation issues via the text-installer
- Corrected an issue changing passwords via the User Manager
- Other misc bugfixes
10-STABLE notable features:
- Updated KMS / AMD driver support
- ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
- New text-based installer
- New UEFI loader on installation media
- Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
- And much more!
Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our Trac database.
There’s a bone-numbing chill in the air, and that could only mean one thing. Time for a PC-BSD weekly feature digest! OK ok, I get it. The cold has nothing to do with PC-BSD, but it could be used to describe how cool the new PC-BSD features are we are going to talk about. ( Ba — Dum — Ching! ). You guys see what I did there right?? Bad jokes aside there are plenty of things to talk about so let’s get right to it.
PCDM has officially replaced GDM as the default login manager for PC-BSD in version 10.0. It offers PAM session / authentication, and is sleek and simple to use. PCDM will also provide language and locale selectors for login as well as a keyboard layout selector. For more on PCDM see the PC-BSD wiki @ http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/PCDM
Kris has put together some awesome new ISO build scripts that will allow users to build their own iso images from source. On a multi-core box you can estimate anywhere from a 6 to 12 hour build depending on the type of computer, amount of cores, memory, etc. The new scripts are simple to use and are literally only a couple of commands to start.
New Images for 9.2 and 10.0 are on the way to the CDN for all you testers out there that want to be on the very tip of development. If you don’t see the new images available you may need to give it some more time before they will be available.
We are now aware that there is a rogue node out there somewhere causing problems with CDN downloads. If you are experiencing downloads that are stopping after a few minutes, not completing, or other various download related issues, please send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org with the output of the host command on the PC-BSD download URL. This should give us an idea of where to look for the problem child and get this resolved as quickly as possible.
And of course it wouldn’t be a new release without plenty of bug fixes! The PBI back-end, PBI integration with AppCafe, and the Warden have all received tons of bug fixes in the last week. We were hoping to have more 10.0 PBI’s finished by now, but because of some bugs in how FreeBSD 10.0 acts with the PBI format some updating / fine tuning had to be done. It looks like most of the work has been finished to restore our ability to test 10.0 PBI’s so keep a look out on the 10.0 AppCafe for more awesome PBI’s.
That’s all I have for you guys this week. See you guys again next time!
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 @ email@example.com. 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.