Aug
23

9.1-RC1 Now Available">PC-BSD 9.1-RC1 Now Available

Kris has announced the availability of RC1:

The RC1 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 are now available for i386 and amd64 architectures.

This release candidate provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.

Changes since the previous beta:

  • Based on FreeBSD 9.1-RC1.
  • Added new functionality to the warden client. You can now schedule daily / hourly creation of jail snapshots. You may also set the number of days worth of jails you wish to keep.  Old jail snapshots will be removed automatically.
  • Improve the shutdown scripts to make sure we unmount, even if the jail was manually stopped.
  • Added Active Directory / LDAP backend and GUI utility.
  • Fixed a number of bugs relating to jail creation / management.
  • Auto-enable the flash plugin when creating new users.
  • Added some initial packages to TrueOS, such as sudo / bash and others.
  • Bugfixes to AppCafe.
  • Fixed Window Maker startup issues.
  • Added the Enlightenment (E17) desktop as an unsupported desktop meta-package.
  • Added lots of new packages for TrueOS / Warden.

Errata:

If you wish to update from 9.0 to RC1 you may do so by editing the /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to pcbsdtest.

After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the RC1 version will appear.

If you find any bugs in this snapshot, please report them to the testing mailing list.

This version contains a first draft of the upcoming 9.1 Handbook. This draft is not complete, the sections are not hyperlinked, and sections that are still be written/tested are highlighted in yellow. The next RC will contain a more recent draft.

Jul
18

9.1-BETA1 Now Available">9.1-BETA1 Now Available

BETA1 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 are now available for the i386 and amd64 architectures!

This beta provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.

Changes since the previous snapshot:

  • FreeBSD 9.1-BETA1
  • KDE 4.8.4
  • Support for Warden to create Linux Jails (Debian & Gentoo support included)
  • Fixed a bug with mouse cursor fonts changing over some tray apps
  • Correct some bugs with mouse not being detected after display wizard
  • Add new “TrueOS” server option, alongside FreeBSD Vanilla.
  • Display detected video resolution / driver on confirmation screen
  • Add new IPv4 / IPv6 validation to address fields
  • Fix bugs exporting / importing jails via Warden
  • Add new Hardware Compatibility Check GUI, which is available during install and via Control Panel
  • Add new Sound Configuration GUI, which lets user select and test different sound devices
  • Add NVIDIA legacy drivers for cards older than 810 years (32bit only)
  • Added option to “mount/clone” jail snapshots via the Warden

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1-Release:

  • FreeBSD 9.1
  • KDE 4.8.4
  • New system installer! Greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
  • New “PC-BSD Server” installation option. Includes command-line utilities like pbi-manager, warden, metapkgmanager and more.
  • Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
  • Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
  • Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as compression, noexec, etc.
  • Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
  • Support for Warden to create Linux Jails
  • New “Sound Configuration GUI”
  • New “Hardware compatibility” GUI
  • First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
  • New Bluetooth paring tray / GUI utilities.
  • New AppCafe improvements and preferences
  • Improvements to wifi utility
  • Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
  • Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities
  • Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.
  • ZFS beadm support
  • And much more!

Errata:

Users running previous snapshots may upgrade now via the online updater. You will first need to apply the “Update Manager” 20120718 update, then the beta1 update will appear.

If you wish to update from 9.0 to this snapshot you may do so by editing the /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to pcbsdtest.

After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the beta will appear.

Jul
10

New Features for the Impatient

FreeBSD/PC-BSD 9.1 are due out by the end of the summer and we are getting close to issuing the first BETA for 9.1. In anticipation of code freeze, Kris is busy getting in the last of the features. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight some of the cooler features coming in 9.1.

For those of you who would like to try out the features before BETA1 is released, instructions for building an updated control panel are provided below for both PC-BSD and FreeBSD systems. These have been tested on 9.0.

For PC-BSD, in System Manager -> System Packages make sure that Development -> Development-Qt and Development-VCS are installed. You’ll also need to install system source in System Manager -> Tasks.

For FreeBSD, make sure that you have /usr/src/sys and the following packages are installed:

cmake
cmake-gui
gmake
qt4-assistant
qt4-assistant-adp
qt4-designer
qt4-doc
qt4-libQtAssistantClient
qt4-linguist
qt4-moc
qt4-qmake
qt4-qtsolutions-singleapplication
qt4-rcc
qt4-uic
subversion

Once the dependent software is installed, become the superuser, cd to a directory suitable for downloading the PC-BSD src, and run these commands:

svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-qt4
cd src-qt4/libpcbsd/
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make
make install
cd ..
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make
make install

Some icons also rely on updated scripts which can be built using these commands from the original download directory:

svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-sh
cd src-sh
make
make install

On a PC-BSD system, Control Panel will be updated and available from the GUI. On a FreeBSD system, you can start Control Panel by typing pc-controlpanel from an X session. You can also start individual control panel icons using the commands listed in /usr/local/bin/pc-*.

Jun
25

9-STABLE 20120622 Now Available for Testing">9-STABLE 20120622 Now Available for Testing

Kris has announced the availability of the next testing snapshot:

The next 20120622 snapshot in the PC-BSD 9-STABLE branch has just been released for i386 and amd64 architectures.

This snapshot provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.

Changes since the previous Snapshot:

  • FreeBSD 9-STABLE from 06-15-2012.
  • KDE 4.8.3.
  • Fixed a bug creating a /root ZFS dataset on the Server install.
  • Fixed a crash in install GUI if using custom pkg set, and going back steps.
  • Exclude /etc/pam.d and /usr/local/etc/pam.d from being overwritten during upgrades.
  • Fixed an upgrade bug, causing some files to not get overwritten properly.
  • Change detection for wifi when showing tray application.
  • Set default volume to 100:100 on first boot.
  • Fix displaying static IP addresses in GUI.
  • Improve network restart functionality, should now properly add default route, and fix issue with losing connectivity after restarting with a static IP.
  • Visually improve the AppCafe homescreen layout.
  • Add default configurations for i3 / windowlab WM’s.
  • Add new service manager GUI to warden, allows enabling, and starting / stopping services inside a jail.
  • Add ability to cleanup thinclient installation.
  • Improve the install image to not use MFS root, instead operates 100% identical to early stages of FreeBSD installer.
  • Shrink memory requirements of installation, can now install with UFS on systems with ~256MB of RAM.
  • Add initial support to Warden CLI for creating Linux jails

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1:

  • New system installer! Greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
  • New “PC-BSD Server” installation option. Includes command-line utilities like pbi-manager, warden, metapkgmanager and more.
  • Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
  • Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
  • Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as compression, noexec, etc.
  • Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
  • First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
  • New Bluetooth paring tray / GUI utilities.
  • New AppCafe improvements and preferences.
  • Improvements to wifi utility.
  • Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
  • Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities.
  • Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.
  • ZFS beadm support
  • And much more!

Errata:

Users running previous snapshots may update now via the online updater. You will first need to apply the “Update Manager” 20120622 update, then the snapshot update will appear.

If you wish to update from 9.0 to this snapshot you may do so by editing the /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to “pcbsdtest”.

After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the snapshot will appear.

Note: The AMD64 snapshot appears as 20120621 on the mirrors, but it is the same as the 20120622 i386 version.

Download

The DVD & USB images are available via the PC-BSD mirrors. You may select the mirror and files from this URL.

Jun
07

20120605 Snapshot Now Available">20120605 Snapshot Now Available

Kris has announced the next snapshot in the testing series:

The next 20120605 snapshot in the PC-BSD 9-STABLE branch has just been released for i386 and amd64 architectures.

This snapshot provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.

Changes since the previous Snapshot:

  • FreeBSD 9-STABLE from 05-30-2012
  • KDE 4.8
  • Fix a bug causing installer to lockup near end of installation
  • Fix setup for 8021X configuration via GUI
  • Update font configuration to enable AA by default
  • Fix bugs doing updates to packages inside of the warden
  • Allow new ZFS dataset options during installation
  • Bugfixes and enhancements to the update tray notifier
  • Check jails for updates via the tray application automatically
  • Switch us to using http:// instead of ftp:// for updating, which allows proxy users to connect
  • Fixed bug enabling the static IP section via ethernet GUI
  • Add support for unattended installs via thinclient PXE
  • Add better Proxy configuration via GUI, will now set HTTP_PROXY universally across the system

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1:

  • New system installer! Greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
  • New “PC-BSD Server” installation option. Includes command-line utilities like pbi-manager, warden, metapkgmanager and more.
  • Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
  • Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
  • Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as compression, noexec, etc.
  • Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
  • First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
  • New Bluetooth paring tray / GUI utilities.
  • New AppCafe improvements and preferences.
  • Improvements to wifi utility.
  • Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
  • Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities.
  • Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.
  • ZFS beadm support.
  • And much more!

Errata:

Users running previous snapshots may update now via the online
updater. You will first need to apply the “Update Manager” 20120606 update, then the snapshot update will appear.

If you wish to update from 9.0 to this snapshot you may do so by
editing /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanage/conf/sysupdate.conf
file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to pcbsdtest.

After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to
download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the snapshot will appear.

There is a bug installing the PC-BSD Server on ZFS right now. If you wish to do so, you will need to remove the ZFS /root dataset beforehand. This will be fixed in the next snapshot.

The VirtualBox OSE additions are not included in this snapshot due to a bug in 9-STABLE. They will be included in the next release.

If it fails to download any additional packages / desktops post-installation, run the following command as root:

pbreg set /PC-BSD/Version 9-STABLE-20120605

Download

The DVD & USB images are available via the PC-BSD mirrors. You may select the mirror and files from this URL.

May
29

9-STABLE-20120524 Snapshot Available">PC-BSD 9-STABLE-20120524 Snapshot Available

Kris has announced the availability of the next testing snapshot:

The 20120525 snapshot in the PC-BSD 9-STABLE branch has just been released for i386 and amd64 architectures.

This snapshot provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.

Changes since the previous snapshot:

  • Based on FreeBSD 9-STABLE from 05-20-2012.
  • Add support to Warden for using ZFS snapshots on jails. Now you may create, remove, and rollback previous snapshots of a jail via the command-line and GUI.
  • New bottom panel and features in the AppCafe for installed applications.
  • Updated the pc-thinclient command. Now you can run this utility to convert your system into a PXE boot server. During the setup you will be prompted if you want to create a remote desktop, or remote install server.
  • Added numerous fixes for i18n in our graphical utilities.
  • Added some safety checks to ZFS installs.
  • New “About” GUI, displays information about system.
  • Added initial support for enabling 8021X authentication, still a work in progress.
  • Added LDAP/AD support to installed Samba packages.
  • Fixed a bug setting firewall rules to “block” causing an invalid configuration file to be created.
  • Fixes for rdesktop utility missing some libraries.
  • Include new Intel video driver by default again.

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1:

  • New system installer is greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
  • New PC-BSD Server installation option. Includes command-line utilities like pbi-manager, warden, metapkgmanager and more.
  • Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
  • Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
  • Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as compression, noexec, etc.
  • Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
  • First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
  • New Bluetooth pairing tray / GUI utilities.
  • New AppCafe improvements and preferences
  • Improvements to wifi utility.
  • Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
  • Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities.
  • Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.

Errata:

If you wish to update from 9.0 to this snapshot you may do so by editing /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf and changing the PATCHSET: variable to “pcbsdtest”. After changing this variable, run the updater utility to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the snapshot will appear.

Download:

DVD & USB images are available via the PC-BSD mirrors. You may select the mirror and files from here.

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