If any of you have tried to use the PC-BSD Translation / Pootle web interface in the last year you probably don’t have a lot of good things to say about it. A 35 word translation might take you a good 30 minutes between the load times (if you could even login to the site without it timing out). Thankfully those days are behind us! PC-BSD has upgraded their translation system to use Pootle version 184.108.40.206 and it is blazingly fast. I went through localizing a small 35 word applet for PC-BSD and it took me roughly 4 minutes compared to what would have taken at least half an hour before due to the slowness of the old pootle software. Check out the new translation site at translate.pcbsd.org.
There’s a couple of things you are going to want to keep in mind about the new translation system. You will have to create a new account. Upgrading Pootle directly was proving disastrous so we exported all the strings and imported them into the new Pootle server. What this means is no accounts were transferred since a direct upgrade was not done. This also means that the strings that were brought in also appear as “fuzzy” translations. If you have some free time you can help by going to the translation site and approving some of the fuzzy translations. Many languages have already been done they just need to be reviewed and marked as acceptable (uncheck the fuzzy box if you are 100% certain on the translation).
I hope you guys are as excited as I am over the new translation possibilities! For more information on how you can help with localization / translating contact me at email@example.com.
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC1 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 10.1 release.
PC-BSD Notable Changes
* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.0
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.0-beta
* Pkg 1.3.8_3
* New AppCafe HTML5 web/remote interface, for both desktop / server usage
* New CD-sized text-installer ISO files for TrueOS / server deployments
* New Centos 6.5 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* Misc bug fixes and other stability improvements
Along with our traditional PC-BSD DVD ISO image, we have also created a CD-sized ISO image of TrueOS, our server edition.
This is a text-based installer which includes FreeBSD 10.0-Release under the hood. It includes the following features:
* ZFS on Root installation
* Boot-Environment support
* Command-Line versions of PC-BSD utilities, such as Warden, Life-Preserver and more.
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition
A testing update is available for 10.0.3 users to upgrade to 10.1-RC1. To apply this update, do the following:
edit: /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf (As root)
Change “PATCHSET: updates”
% sudo pc-updatemanager check
This should show you a new “Update system to 10.1-RELEASE” patch available. To install run the following:
% sudo pc-updatemanager install 10.1-update-10152014-10
As with any major system upgrade, please backup important data and files beforehand!!!
This update will automatically reboot your system several times during the various upgrade phases, please expect it to take between 30-60 minutes.
10.1-RC1 DVD/USB media can be downloaded from here via HTTP or Torrent.
Found a bug in 10.1? Please report it (with as much detail as possible) to our bugs database.
For those of you on Edge and who wish to test the new Linux emulation and the new Appcafe, Kris has posted the instructions:
CentOS 6.5 emulation has been made the default for the EDGE packages going out this weekend. This replaces the legacy f10 package set. I’ve tested / confirmed that Flash works properly, haven’t tried net-im/skype4 yet, but a package is available for those who want to try.
I’ve seen a few issues doing the update here with PKG. It seems often the conflict detection won’t remove f10 on its own, so I’ve had to do this:
# pkg update -f
# pkg delete linux_base-f10\*
# pkg install nvidia-driver (Skip this if you don’t use nvidia drivers)
# pkg install pcbsd-base
# pkg upgrade
# pc-extractoverlay ports
After reboot, you need to recreate the flash plugin:
% flashpluginctl off && flashpluginctl on
Let us know any issues you see with the newer linux emulation layer.
Also, if you run into problems launching / navigating the newer AppCafe, please open bug reports asap. We are working to stabilize that as quickly as possible. Bug reports should be created at bugs.pcbsd.org.
As many of you are probably aware, there is a serious security issue that is currently all over the web regarding the GNU BASH shell. We at the PC-BSD project are well aware of the issue, a fix is already in place to plug this security hole, and packages with this fix are currently building. Look for an update to your BASH shell within the next 24 hours in the form of a package update.
As a side note: nothing written by the PC-BSD project uses BASH in any way – and BASH is not built-in to the FreeBSD operating system itself (it is an optional port/package), so the level of severity of this bug is lower on FreeBSD than on other operating systems.
According to the FreeBSD mailing list: Bryan Drewery has already sent a notice that the port is fixed in FreeBSD. However, since he also added some good recommendations in the email for BASH users, we decided to copy that email here for anyone else that is interested.
From: Bryan Drewery – FreeBSD mailing list
The port is fixed with all known public exploits. The package is
However bash still allows the crazy exporting of functions and may still
have other parser bugs. I would recommend for the immediate future not
using bash for forced ssh commands as well as these guidelines:
1. Do not ever link /bin/sh to bash. This is why it is such a big
problem on Linux, as system(3) will run bash by default from CGI.
2. Web/CGI users should have shell of /sbin/nologin.
3. Don’t write CGI in shell script / Stop using CGI 🙂
4. httpd/CGId should never run as root, nor “apache”. Sandbox each
application into its own user.
5. Custom restrictive shells, like scponly, should not be written in bash.
6. SSH authorized_keys/sshd_config forced commands should also not be
written in bash.
For more information the bug itself you can visit arstechnica and read the article by clicking the link below.
PC-BSD 10.0.3-RC2 ISO images are now available for testing.
Users on the EDGE package set, or 10.0.3-RC1 can update to the newer set with the following commands:
# pkg update -f
# pkg upgrade
# pc-extractoverlay ports
This update brings in the newer pkgng 1.3.7, which may need to re-install many of your packages in order to properly fix an issue with shared-library version detection in previous pkgng releases.
The current plan is to release 10.0.3 early next week, so please let us know of any issues right away via our RedMine bug tracker.
PC-BSD 10.0.2-RC2 images are now online for testing from our download site.
This will (hopefully) be our last RC before releasing 10.0.2 officially sometime on or around the 23rd. We have addressed or fixed most tickets related to the 10.0.2 release, so if you are still running into any issues, please report them using our Trac database.
Users running EDGE or earlier 10.0.2 images can upgrade their packages to the RC2 versions via AppCafe or Package Manager.
Thanks for all your help testing, and the issues reported so far!