When Kris told me he wanted me to help act as a QA for the PC-BSD project it never occurred to me that someone had to test all those nifty PBI’s in the appcafe when there’s a big release. Let me tell you after a week of testing PBI’s I have a whole new appreciation for what Ken does on a weekly basis. Thankfully the weekend is finally here, and it’s time to look at what else has been going on over this last week.
Over 200 PBI’s have been populated in to the PC-BSD 10 Stable Appcafe. We are plugging away at approving and testing more, but it is hard to know just how long it will take. Most of what I would consider the “important” PBI’s have been approved. Firefox, Chromium, and Thunderbird being just a handful.
Many of you will be excited to find out that adobe flash is working perfectly on chromium in my 10.0 KDE box. I listen to youtube playlists all week and didn’t find a single video that wouldn’t load. Other sites that appear to be working include Vimeo, Hulu, and Amazon. I have not heard if this fix is being backported to 9.3, but I will let you guys know when we find out.
This week many PC-BSD programs received some necessary bug fixes and updates. Some of the updates include network detection in package / update manager, nvidia graphic detection, as well as security updates for PCDM. If you are experiencing an annoying bug that you’ve just been ignoring in version 10.0 now is the time to create a bug ticket on trac. Keep in mind the newest 10.0 iso is the “stable” branch not “current” when reporting bugs.
If you are still experiencing any difficulty with extremely slow download speeds, or downloads that continue to fail after multiple tries, make sure to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The information we are looking for is the output of the host command in pc-bsd, or if you are not using PC-BSD as your primary desktop we can use your IP address assigned by your ISP to try and search for the log file of the failed download. I’m sure it gos without saying, but please keep your IP confidential and send it directly to me if you can help us with that information.
Enjoy your weekend!
Kris has announced the availability of the next 10.0 testing image:
The second PC-BSD 10-STABLE image is now available for download!
This image is a very early cut of the new stable/10 branch of FreeBSD and is probably only suitable for advanced users or developers. A PKGNG repository is available for this release, however it is missing a number of packages we would normally ship with, such as virtualbox drivers, KDE accessories, etc. The AppCafe currently has only a few items in it for testing, but more will be added soon.
NOTE: Users of the previous 10-STABLE image may not be able to online-update, due to a bug in FreeBSD Update.
- Includes FreeBSD 10-STABLE / 10.0-BETA3 from 11/8/2013
- Switched to PCDM as the default login manager
- New 10.X artwork & themes
- Fixed a long list of bugs relating to PBIs
- Fixed issues enabling the flash plugin out of box
- Corrected some installation issues via the text-installer
- Corrected an issue changing passwords via the User Manager
- Other misc bugfixes
10-STABLE notable features:
- Updated KMS / AMD driver support
- ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
- New text-based installer
- New UEFI loader on installation media
- Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
- And much more!
Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our Trac database.
This week the PC-BSD team has been busy working their magic pushing version 10.0 ahead at lightning speed, and some big things are starting to take shape. The PBI 10 format is about ready and we will begin populating the 10.0 appcafe starting next week. There are still a few small things to iron out with the approval system, but nothing too big that Kris and Ken can’t work their BSD magic on! Much of this last week was spent fine-tuning and improving the PBI format for 10.0, and I think you will all be very happy with the product of that hard work.
The PCDM login manager is back and is ready to undergo rigorous security testing in preparation for its introduction into PC-BSD 10.0. Ken has been fine tuning the new login manager, and has seen a number improvements taking shape from security to stability.
We have had a handful of users reporting problems with the .iso downloads from PC-BSD’s CDN network. If you have been experiencing problems with downloads not completing / resetting multiple times, then please let me know @ email@example.com. I’m specifically trying to see if we have a broader problem, or if we are simply experiencing minor intermittent download quality during off-peak hours.
This week I’d like to shine the spotlight on the new PC-BSD Disk Manager Utility (DM). The new DM Utility is a power user’s dream come true. Not only does the DM utility allow you to manage / maintain your ZFS pools, but you can also start scrubs, add ARC / ZIL devices, attach disks and much more. One of the most notable features are the ability to, like life preserver, make snapshots and revert back to them via a GUI interface. The disk manager will also include the ability to make new slices / partitions on disks. You will be able to add, remove, and modify slices with relative ease, although caution should be issued as you can very easily delete a system slice as well.
Stay tuned folks, there’s more great things coming next weekend!
Friday is finally here and we have some fantastic new features coming your way. This week the PC-BSD team has been incredibly busy developing some awesome key features and utilities I know you are all gonna love. So without further adieu let’s dive into it.
First off make sure to check out Kris’ new article in BSD magazine. The article will take a look at the revamped Life-Preserver utility which assists users in ZFS management, including snapshots, replication, mirroring, monitoring and more.
The moment you have all been waiting for is finally here! (OK maybe not everyone). Yes that’s right the KDE wallpaper bug has been fixed. If you are having issues please update to the newest package set and the issue should resolve itself.
I’d like to give a friendly reminder to everyone in regards to the bug reporting changes in last weeks blog post. Please take bugs straight to trac.pcbsd.org and post your bug so we can find the information quickly and also resolve it as smoothly as possible. This is the best and easiest way to get your problem directly in front of the developers. Also please note the general bug reports forum will remain open for users to post bugs, ask questions, and have discussions. However the other bug reporting forums will be closed. You will still be able to read the posts, but no new posts will be allowed.
The new Life Preserver mirroring and backup utility has finished it’s primary development and will be going through intensive alpha testing starting next week. It is not currently ready for public testing, but stay tuned as it will be available very soon for all of you to beat up a little :).
Drumroll please! Early images of PC-BSD 10.0 will be starting development testing next week. PC-BSD 10.0 images are not currently available for public use. It definitely took some serious effort from Kris (mainly due to the current state of FreeBSD 10.0 packages), but the images do actually build and run now.
There are several other important features and improvements in the highlights below, so make sure to check those out! Stay tuned folks. There’s a lot more to come.
Heres the highlights for this week, October the 18th 2013:
- Life Preserver — Extensive testing over the next week
- PC-BSD 10.0 Images have been built for development and testing (not public)
- Time zone detection Feature added
- SSD option has been added for the disk layout GUI
- KDE wallpaper bug has been fixed — bug where wallpapers were not being displayed properly
Today i’m pleased to announce we have quite a number of exciting changes coming that we would like to let everyone know about. Starting today I will putting together a weekly status update every Friday to help keep all of you up to date on what is new in PC-BSD land. This weekly digest will be a quick highlight of what important features have been added, what major bugs have been fixed, and what is presently going on in general with the project.
We are also shifting gears on how we find and report bugs to the developers. To better facilitate the resolution of trouble tickets in PC-BSD we have consolidated the bug forums into one general bug reporting forum. We are asking PC-BSD users to use the trac system for reporting bugs (trac.pcbsd.org), and use the bug reporting forums if for some reason you don’t have access to trac or you aren’t sure if something is a bug.
Heres the highlights for this week, October the 11th 2013:
- Early images of PC-BSD 10.0 are in development and are currently being rolled and are in early testing.
- The new PC-BSD Disk Manager utility has been finished and committed to git. Special thanks to author and developer Claudio for this awesome new utility!
- Life Preserver utility has been updated with new features and stability improvements
- Bug reporting forums have been consolidated
- Weekly PC-BSD Feature Digest
- We have resolved a bug preventing users from upgrading properly via the update utility GUI.
Last week, Kris announced on the developers mailing list that the PC-BSD source repo has switched from subversion to github.
For those of you who like to compile new features in order to test them before they are incorporated into a release or a rolling release, the instructions for getting source have been updated. Any references to svn in the wiki version of the Handbook will also be switched to the git equivalent. If you have installed subversion before from System Manager -> System Packages -> Development -> Development VCS, you already have git as it is included in that meta-package.