The PC-BSD team is happy to announce we’ve put the finishing touches on the new Update GUI. Users on edge will be able to download and test out the new update GUI with their next update. The new Update GUI will also enable automatic updates which will happen at boot up or every 24 hours. You will also be able to choose what parts of your system you want to update (i.e. Packages, Security, etc.). If you have any questions, concerns, or to report a bug, please feel free to create a bug report on bugs.pcbsd.org so we can quickly get back to you and help troubleshoot the issue.
The first Qt5-based version of the Lumina desktop environment has just been released!
The source code for this release is available in the Lumina repository on GitHub, the FreeBSD port has been updated, and the new package is getting pushed out to the PC-BSD “Edge” repository here in the next couple days. Version 0.8.0 is mainly just an update to all the backend systems, but there are a few notable changes:
Updates for version 0.8.0:
– Uses Qt5 (tested with 5.2) instead of Qt4. This also brings in a new dependency on the XCB libraries.
– Uses the new QMultimedia framework instead of Phonon for playing multimedia files. This has much better results when playing audio/video files through the Insight file manager.
– New built-in single application framework for the Lumina project (no more external dependency for this, and it works on all OS’s).
– New task manager mode (no groups). This reproduces the traditional task manager functionality of one button per window, and it lists the window title for each button. For ease-of-use, this mode is treated as a distinct/new panel plugin through the Lumina configuration utility.
– The task manager “action” menu (right-click) now has many more options that are auto-generated based on the current window state.
– The lumina-open crash reporter for applications now provides details about the crash from the application (if any are available).
– New windows will no longer appear with the titlebar underneath a Lumina panel.
– Command-line inputs with special localized characters are now properly used.
– Large clean-up of recursive file operations in the file manager. (Better reporting and error detection, add ability to copy a directory into itself, make sure no files are missed during recursive operations).
– Detect when running in a VirtualBox VM (if OS is FreeBSD) and hide the screen brightness controls since these do not work in a VM.
– Clean up how the special “Exec=” field codes are handled for XDG desktop shortcuts (fixes the issues with starting various KDE applications like Okular).
– Various other small bugs fixed.
As always, please test it out and submit any bugs or feature requests through the PC-BSD bug tracker.
Kris has made the update to 10.1 live on the servers. To upgrade to 10.1 you can simply open the update GUI and start the update from there. You will notice the update takes a little longer to complete, but the good news is it runs in the background and there are no unexpected resets :).
If you are on the EDGE repo you most likely have the newest broken version of pkg which will need to be fixed before upgrading. To fix pkg:
% pkg install -f pkg
After that you should be in business. Please send us your feedback and / or any questions!
Hey everyone the PC-BSD 10.1 update will be removed temporarily while we work some magic on the backend of the update manager. Our expectation at the moment is to have the update back up within one week, but keep in mind that is just an estimate as we start this project.
Thanks so much!
For those of you running the EDGE package set, be aware that PKGNG 1.4.0 is just around the corner, and we are updating the PC-BSD EDGE repo to start testing BETA2 of it right now. The packages are building, and should be available in around 24-48 hours.
Also, we found some major bugs in pkg this weekend, which can leave some packages installed, but with their respective files on disk missing. Kris is testing a work-around at the moment, so if you want to avoid some of the churn, it may be wise to wait a few days for this fix and for the dust to settle from the update to pkgng 1.4.0.b2.
If you have already upgraded and have issues with a missing pcbsd-utils, functions.sh, etc, you can fix your system by running the following commands:
# /usr/sbin/pkg install -fy pcbsd-libsh
# /usr/sbin/pkg install -fy pcbsd-syscache
# /usr/sbin/pkg install -fy life-preserver
# /usr/sbin/pkg install -fy warden
# /usr/sbin/pkg install -fy pbi-manager
If you find any issues, please see if they have been reported yet at bugs.pcbsd.org, and if not, report the details.