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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Ken Moore has an article in the June issue of BSD Magazine which describes how to easily generate PBIs from existing FreeBSD ports. The article is on pages 26–30 and this issue of the magazine can be downloaded for free from here.
The May issue of BSDMag (available for free download here) has two articles about PC-BSD.
Kris Moore has an article “A Fresh Look for the Warden for PC-BSD 9.1″ on pp. 6–9. Warden is a GUI tool for managing FreeBSD jails and has been rewritten for 9.1. New features include the ability to add multiple jails, the ability to create FreeBSD jails or ports jails (which use nullfs to allow you to safely install and run apps on your PC-BSD system), and the ability to export and import jails.
Jesse Smith has an article “Introducing EasyPBI–Making PBI Modules With a Few Mouse Clicks” on pp. 18–19. EasyPBI allows one to convert an existing FreeBSD port into a PC-BSD PBI with an easy-to-use GUI.
There are a large number of new games available for PC-BSD 9.0, spanning game types such as action, arcade, card, educational, strategy, online RPG, puzzle, first person shooter, and party games. As mentioned with the desktop utilities, the PBI’s for these games should work in all the desktop environments available with PC-BSD, not just the one(s) mentioned in the game description.
Some of the new games are (in alphabetical order):
AfternoonStalker, AlienArena, Amoebax, Atomix, Barrage, Bomns, Briquolo, BrainParty, BubBros, Burgerspace, Chromium-BSU, Cosmosmash, Crimson, Cuyo, DJgame2, Dopewars, EasySok, Enigma, FreeDink, Gbrainy, GCompris, Gno3DTet, GnomeBreakout, GnomeChess, GnomeKiss, GnomeMemoryBlocks, GnomerMind, GNUDoku, GTetrinet, GtkTetcolor, gTuring, Gweled, Hedgewars, Hexalate, Instead, Kanatest, KDEGames4, Klavaro, KFreeRings, kMancala, KPicFramer, Kpictorial, KPuzzle, KSudoku, KTritoc, KWappen, LBreakout2, Legends, LianLianKan, LMarbles, LordsAWar, LucidLife, MonkeyBubble, MonsterMasher, MudMagic, nPush, OpenCity, OpenYahtzee, Peg-E, Pink-Pony, Pioneers, Pipewalker, Plee-The-Bear, PokerTH, PPRacer, py-Mnemosyne, py-Pychess, QNetWalk, Six, SuperTux, SolarWolf, TaxiPilot, TEG, Tetzle, TheManaWorld, Toppler, Trackballs, TuxType, WarMUX, Xpuyopuyo, XQF, Zaz
Thanks to Jesse Smith for many of these PBI modules.
With PCBSD 9.0 rapidly approaching completion, I wanted to take some time over the next week or so to inform the community about many of the new 9.x PBI’s that will be available through the AppCafe.
Today I am going to list the new PBI’s within the “Desktop Utilities” category (ports/deskutils in FreeBSD language). One of the main aspects that I wish to point out is that while many of these programs are designed to work within specific desktop environments (GNOME, KDE, etc…), the PBI format ensures that these programs should work with any of the PCBSD 9.0 desktop environments, regardless of the program description! For example: Katapult is a KDE application that, when installed as a PBI, works successfully on a system with IceWM rather than KDE installed. I hope this will allow users to utilize the applications that they are familiar with, while running the desktop environment of their choice!
Some of the new PBI’s for the desktop utilities category are listed below (in alphabetical order):
Alacarte, BlogTK, BookReader, Cairo-Dock, Drivel, FBReader, GanyRemote, GBirthday, Genius, Gnote, GnoTime, Gourmet, Griffith, GRuler, GTG, gToDo, Gucharmap, GXNeur, Katapult, KBLTicker, KLuJe, KnowIt, Krefty, KTagebuch, Labyrinth, Launchy, NoteCase, Orage, Parcellite, Pinot, Planner, QTM, Recoll, RedNotebook, Rubrica, TaskCoach, Virt-Manager, Wammu, XPad
Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating many of the modules for these PBI’s.