You can feel it in the air can’t you? That time when we gather with family and friends, sit down to eat a great meal, and let the dog eat half the turkey. Oh wait maybe that was just Kris last year…doh! All kidding aside Check out all these amazing gifts that have been neatly placed under our “ports tree” (pun intended).
10.0 PBI Approvals have been moving allowing at a quick pace and the appcafe should now be populated with approximately 400 PBI’s for public consumption. Please report any issues you are having directly to trac and we will work on fixing individual PBI’s after approvals are finished.
In some exciting news Kris has announced that we are merging the GNOME3 / MATE /Cinnamon desktops into our 10.0 ports tree. Be advised we are still working to resolve issues with these desktops in the base system and they are more than likely not fully functional at this time. We will be testing and resolving issues as quickly as possible to try to get these ready for all of you.
FreeBSD will be releasing a security update that applies to SSH in the next few days. If you are not a SSH user this bugfix won’t necessarily do anything for you, but it never hurts to be fully up to date just in case. For more information on how to work around this issue please see the article at http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?p=240933 for a detailed list of things you can do to secure your system.
Bug fixes galore this week! PCDM has been updated now to correctly display the correct language chosen during selection, however it is still being tested and should officially be ready sometime in the very near future. Kris has added a ZFS dataset options to PC-BSD’s new text-installer front-end for greater flexibility for power users.
That’s it for this week folks, and remember feeding thanksgiving leftovers to your dog makes everyone sad. See you guys next week!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
As many of you are now aware, part of the FreeBSD build infrastructure was compromised recently. Many people have been contacting us asking how this relates to PC-BSD users. We currently locally compile and distribute all of our own packages, and at this time it looks like nothing on the PC-BSD side was impacted.
However if you are a power-user and have been manually using pkg_add to install packages from the FreeBSD package cluster, you may wish to remove these packages and rebuild from source. For more details regarding the security compromise, please take a look at the official FreeBSD page.
An update to Adobe Flash is now available in the System Updates tab of Software Manager. The update addresses the security vulnerabilities described here. After applying the update, simply restart any open web browsers so that they will use the new version of flash.
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.
Kris has issued a patch for Adobe Flash Plugin which addresses the remote code execution vulnerability described here. It should show up some time today in Software Manager’s System Updates tab once it is available on the mirrors. Once you apply the update, simply restart any open browsers so that they use the updated version of flash.