Call for Testers: VirtualBox 4.0.6

The FreeBSD VirtualBox porters team is looking for testers for the latest version of VirtualBox.

PC-BSD users can test the 32-bit or 64-bit PBI (thanks to Ken Moore, Kris Moore, and Jesse Smith for creating these).

FreeBSD users can download a tarball of the 7.4 and 8.2 32-bit and 64-bit ports.

Details about the changes in this version and the checksums for the FreeBSD ports can be found in the initial announcement. If you test the port or PBI, please post your feedback on either the freebsd-emulation list or the pbi-dev list.


Make-A-PBI Improvements

Jesse Smith has uploaded a new version of Make-A-PBI. This version, 1.0, has some important improvements. Make-A-PBI can now attempt to make a PBI module without building/installing the associated port. This means that Make-A-PBI can run in seconds, rather than over several minutes/hours, and the program no longer needs to be run as root.

The building/installing options are still available for people who want to make sure their modules will build properly, but for making quick-n-dirty modules, run this command:

pbimaker -8 -s /usr/ports/category/portname

Which will make a PBI (version 8) port. You can make version 9 modules with this command:

pbimaker -9 -s /usr/ports/cateogry/portname

Often port icons are hard to find due to naming conventions; you can force the program to use a specific icon name with:

pbimaker -8 -s -b /path/to/default/icon /usr/ports/category/portname

Make-A-PBI can be downloaded from here. The install/usage instructions can be found here.


Testing Snapshot 20110414 Available

The next PC-BSD 9 snapshot is now available for both amd64 and i386.

Kris has created a new Wiki page with details about the snapshots. Please take a look at it before installing any snapshots:

Changes in this snapshot:

  • KDE 4.6.2
  • Updated the port for gksu and fixed bugs running apps as root
  • Many improvements to AppCafe
  • Installing PBIs as user now adds binaries to PATH
  • Many bug fixes to menu icons / LXDE / KDE4 / Gnome that were reported by testers of the last snapshot
  • Using GELI with a password doesn’t create additional key files now
  • Installer hides “FreeBSD” option when it isn’t available on the current media

Known Issue:

  • The handbook desktop link doesn’t work. This is fixed in SVN and will be in the next snapshot.

Please send any bug reports to the testing mailing list.


Testing Snapshot 20110405 Available‏

A new 9-CURRENT snapshot is now available from our ftp site for both 32 and 64 bit systems.

Included in this snapshot:

  • KDE 4.6.1
  • Fixes for installing across multiple drives with gmirror
  • Improvements to the networking GUI, able to run without prompting for root passwords
  • Fixes to the AppCafe, improvements for installing apps as a user account
  • Bugfixes to the pbi_* commands

Known Issues:

  • There is still a bug with using disk-encryption from the installer which will be fixed soon.

Testing snapshots are ALPHA quality software, meaning that you should test them on a test system or virtual environment. Expect issues and bugs and please report any issues back to the testing mailing list.


Looking for Tester with Canon Pixma MP 270 or MP 272 Printer

We’re looking to see if the drivers from the Canon website will work on a FreeBSD or PC-BSD system. If you have one of these printers and are comfortable with using the command line, instructions can be found at this comment in this forum thread. If you can test this driver, let us know your results either on the forum or as a comment on this blog post.


Latest 64-Bit Testing Snapshot

Kris has announced that the next testing snapshot is available:

Another 9-Current 64bit snapshot has been uploaded to the FTP server. This snapshot includes the following changes:

  • Disabled AHCI by default to fix some bugs working with Optical/Disk media
  • PBI’s are now able to be installed as regular user accounts, for those in the “operators” group
  • Updates to the AppCafe GUI to enhance usability
  • WIFI configuration GUI enhancements to auto-detect encryption type and make connection more streamlined
  • Fixed a bug in the LXDE menus which had caused it to refresh every 3 seconds

We are currently working on fixing up the i386 build server and hope to have a new 32bit snapshot with the next batch.

Known Issues:

  • The system installer has a bug that prevents loading vanilla FreeBSD, will be fixed for next snapshot

As usual, please let us know of any problems on the testing mailing list.

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