Feb
22

FreeBSD Xorg Team Looking for Testers

The FreeBSD Xorg team is looking for testers for the upcoming 7.5.1 version of Xorg. If you have a test system and are interested in testing this release of xorg, you’ll find the instructions here. From the original message:

The Xorg T(m)eam is happy to announce the next round of Xorg fun! The X-Server has been patched to the latest 1.7.X series, drivers and fonts have been updated to the latest versions, but unfortunately we are not able to update libGL, drm and xorg-server to a higher version because FreeBSD doesn’t support GEM/KSE (yet), but it looks good for now, as kib@ is working on that, so we hope the future will be better for us. This update includes some components from Xorg 7.6 with a lot of improvements, and it seems that the performance is much better than the old version. We are calling the update xorg 7.5.1.

We hope you will enjoy the new stuff and give us a lot of feedback. We will start an exp-run tonight and depending on how much feedback we get, we plan to commit this update by the first weekend of March.

Feb
04

8.2-RC3 Now Available!">PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 Now Available!

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of the third Release Candidate for PC-BSD 8.2. This is expected to be the last RC version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 23 weeks.

In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:

- FreeBSD 8.2RC3
– KDE 4.5.5
– Xorg 7.5
– Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
– Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
– Nvidia Driver 96.43.16

PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.

Feb
02

Possible Fix for Wireless Freezes

It has been a known issue for sometime that some wireless cards will freeze or panic the system on PC-BSD/FreeBSD 8.x. Some cards do this intermittently while others do it quite regularly. The problem seems to have been narrowed down to a conflict between devd and the netif startup script as it only occurs when devd is running.

Earlier this week Kris committed a fix which will show up in the next snapshots for 8.2 RC.3 and 9.0. If your wireless card is affected and you’d like to test the fix now, try adding this line to your wpa_supplicant.conf file:

ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant

Let us know if it makes a difference on your system!

Jan
20

8.2-RC2 Available for Testing">PC-BSD 8.2-RC2 Available for Testing

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of the second Release Candidate for PC-BSD 8.2. This will be the last beta version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 23 weeks.

In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:
— FreeBSD 8.2RC2
— KDE 4.5.4
— Xorg 7.5
— Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
— Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
— Nvidia Driver 96.43.16

PC-BSD 8.2-RC2 is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.

Jan
17

9.0 Snapshot is Available for Testing">Next 9.0 Snapshot is Available for Testing

Another release of the PC-BSD 9 snapshot is now available for download. This snapshot includes a bunch of bug-fixes to the GDM login manager, some new meta-pkgs, and fixes to the PBI command-line utilities.

This snapshot also includes CD images that install the LXDE desktop, as well as the USBFULL image which contains all the available desktops and meta-pkgs.

Since we’ve not begun adding 9.0 PBIs to Software Manager, some users have asked how they can get PBIs on 9, such as FireFox. This snapshot allows you to do so with a few easy command-line steps:

To view available PBIs for direct download:

# pbi_info –i

To install a PBI from the list as the superuser, such as FireFox:

# pbi_add –r firefox

To add a desktop icon for an application such as firefox, run this command as a regular user:

% pbi_icon add-desktop firefox-3.6.13-amd64

Currently there are only a few PBIs available for direct download via pbi_add and they are meant for testing purposes. However, the build servers are chugging away on other PBIs for 9, which you can manually download and install by double-clicking in the GUI, or by using the pbi_add command as root:

64bit 9.0 PBIs

32bit 9.0 PBIs

***WARNING***

This is still ALPHA quality, so expect bugs, missing features, etc. Please report any bugs by sending an email to the testing mailing list or by starting a thread in the appropriate testing forum.

Jan
14

Looking for MythTV PBI Testers

A PBI module has been created for MythTV, but we need testers to see if it works and to provide feedback on its usage. Testing this PBI will also allow feedback on whether the current webcamd drivers support TV tuner cards and to ensure that the webcam man pages are accurate regarding those cards. I suspect that MythTV on PC-BSD will be a process as we discover what hardware is supported, get some usage docs written, and fix any PBI and/or webcam glitches that are discovered along the way.

If you’d like to try out the PBI, download the one that is appropriate for your architecture.

To install, you can either double-click the downloaded PBI in sudolphin or, as the superuser, install it with the /PCBSD/Scripts/runpbi.sh /PATH/TO/PBI command.

Wikipedia indicates that you’ll also need a supported TV tuner card or a firewire connection to a digital set-top box.

We’ll be revamping the Multimedia section of the Handbook for 9.0. For now, I’ve started a placeholder for MythTV. Feel free to add the results of your tests there. You can also leave a comment here or on the pbi-dev mailing list.

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