Release Announcement: PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release in the new 9.x series. 9.0-BETA1 is now available for download from the website or ftp server.


This is a BETA release, for early adopters and testers. Please use caution deploying in production environments. Additionally only a small number of apps are currently packaged and available in the new AppCafe. We will be releasing more in the upcoming weeks, but users who rely on a particular application may wish to wait until 9.0-Release before upgrading.

Major Changes

* Now supports multiple Window Managers, such as:
– KDE 4
– XFCE 4
– And many more!
* Support for “meta-pkgs”, allowing the user to customize their installed system with a variety of software.
* Improved PBI system, allows sharing of files / libraries between applications for reduced disk / runtime space.
* New AppCafe, allow easy browsing, installing and managing Applications
* Updated to the installer, allowing easy setup of ZFS, GELI encryption and more!
* Many improvements to networking setup GUIs
* New system-update utility, support for “freebsd-update” and upgrading from point-release to point-release. (I.E. 9.0 -> 9.1)
* Revamped “Life-Preserver” backup utility, makes it easier than ever to backup to FreeNAS or any remote ssh+rsync server.
* New PC-BSD Control Panel, provides one-stop access to a variety of system-configuration options.

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.


There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. Please take a moment and refer to the snapshot documentation to pick the right one for you. When providing feedback please indicate which snapshot you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.


Torrent Locations for 9-CURRENT-20110701 Testing Snapshot

John R Davis Jr. has started some torrents to speed up the download of the latest testing snapshot. If you use a torrent, please leave your torrent program open so that it can seed the file. When you seed, it speeds up the download of that file for everyone else. Note that you have permission to seed these files as they are freely available under the BSD license.

  • 64-bit bootonly
  • 64-bit CD
  • 64-bit live DVD
  • 64-bit DVD
  • 64-bit USB boot-only
  • 64-bit USB
  • 64-bit USB-lite
  • 64-bit USB-live
  • 32-bit boot-only
  • 32-bit CD
  • 32-bit DVD
  • 32-bit DVD-live
  • 32-bit USB boot-only
  • 32-bit USB
  • 32-bit USB-lite
  • 32-bit USB-live

9-CURRENT-20110701 Testing Snapshot Available

Kris has announced that the next testing snapshot is available:

The next snapshot for PC-BSD 9 is now available!

Notable changes in this release:

  • Disk partitioning fixes, related to “gpart” creating incorrectly sized partitions
  • Speed improvements to pbid / hashdir functionality
  • Fixes to policykit allowing auto-mounting in Gnome2
  • Fixes to pc-sysinstall to save logs to USB media after failure
  • Fixed bug auto-detecting WEP encryption in wifi tool
  • Huge speed increase when starting AppCafe and reading repo index files
  • Fixed adding scrotWM to GDM choices
  • Bug fixes when adding new meta-pkgs, don’t wipe log file after failure
  • Improved UI options / descriptions for disk-page of system installer
  • Began adding some framework for new updating tools / schemes for 9

As usual, please read through our 9.0 Snapshots Wiki Page for more information on how to provide feedback.


MythTV Configuration Improvements in Latest 9 Snapshot

The latest 9.0 testing snapshot contains a configuration script that automatically initializes the MythTV backend so the front-end is ready to use. We’re looking for testers, preferably with a video capture card, to test the setup on as many systems as possible and to provide information for the 9.0 PC-BSD Users Guide.

A documentation page has been started here. It includes links to the recommended hardware and screenshots of what should happen until you get to the front-end. At the moment, I don’t have a video capture card so testing by people who do would be much appreciated.

If you try out MythTV and come across an error, please post the error message and what prompted it to the testing mailing list. If you try it out and want to add to the documentation, create a wiki account. You can either add your edits directly on that page, or if you prefer to leave your notes for an editor to incorporate into the documentation, leave them in the Discussion tab of that page.


Torrents Available for Latest 9 Testing Snapshot

John R Davis Jr. has started some torrents to speed up the download of yesterday’s latest testing snapshots. So far, these torrents are available:

  • 32-bit CD Image
  • 32-bit LITE USB Image
  • 32-bit Network Install USB Image
  • 32-bit Network Install CD Image
  • 32 bit Live USB image
  • 32 bit Install USB Image
  • 32 bit DVD Image
  • 32 bit live DVD Image
  • 64-bit Network Install USB Image
  • 64-bit Network Install CD Image
  • 64 bit CD Image
  • 64 bit LITE USB Image
  • 64 bit live USB Image
  • 64 bit Install USB Image
  • 64 bit Install DVD
  • 64 bit live DVD

To use a torrent file you must first have a torrent program. If you are running Windows, try utorrent. If you are running Linux, check to see which torrent applications are available for your distro. If you do not have a built in client in your Linux distribution, try transmission. If you are running Mac OS X, transmission is also a good client.

Once you have a client you can download the .torrent file by right clicking its link and clicking save as, or by clicking on the link your browser should ask you to either save as or run using the default program.

After you open the .torrent file, you have to wait for your program to download the file from the “Seeders”. Your program should provide you an estimated download time.

After you are finished downloading the file, please leave your torrent program open so that it can seed the file. When you seed, it speeds up the download of that file for everyone else. Note that you have permission to seed these files as they are freely available under the BSD license.


9-Current Testing Snapshot 20110607 Now Available‏

The next PC-BSD 9-CURRENT snapshot is now available for download.

This snapshot includes a lot of fixes and changes, notably:

  • Overhauled Life-Preserver backup utility
  • Fixes to AppCafe browser navigation
  • Improvements to system installer pages, such as disk / user setup
  • Improved tray notifier for available updates
  • New “Welcome” program to introduce new users to PC-BSD
  • Wifi tool automatically loaded in tray
  • New beastie splash menu which allows booting from failsafe kernel
  • Improvements for IPv6 support in base / utilities
  • Misc bugfixes reported by users from last snapshot

As usual, please test and report bugs any problems back to the testing mailing list.

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