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.
Kris has announced the availability of the first rolling release upgrade on the testing mailing list. Check that list’s archives before applying the upgrade to be aware of any found bugs. If you find a bug, post the details to the list.
Anybody who want to help us out testing a system update from the original 9.1 -> 9.1-RollingRelease can now do so!
To start the process on your system edit the file:
Change the line:
After this is done you can just run the update manager gui, or pc-updatemanager command to apply the update as normal.
Please let us know any feedback you have with the patch, so we can bugfix and improve it.
Once the desktop is re-installed, there is a bug in the online update tray notifier which isn’t showing if new packages are available. I’m currently investigating.
Kris has announced the availabiity of the first rolling release:
As a few of you have already noticed, we have some new ISOs now up on the mirrors.
These are the first images built of PC-BSD Rolling Release, based upon FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE, which use PKGNG as the backend for keeping your desktop and base-system packages up to date. You are welcome to download and give them a spin if you want to help us beta-test them.
They include updated packages from about 2 weeks ago, which includes KDE 4.9.5 among others. Our build server is still finishing up building the entire package repository and I hope to have all ~20,000 pkgng packages online in another week or so, with weekly updates after that. The weekly updates will include all the latest PC-BSD / TrueOS utilities, so you can expect to see much more frequent bug fixes & enhancements.
For users running on the original PC-BSD / TrueOS 9.1 release, I also have an online system update in the works. This update will convert your existing install to PKGNG and allow you to start tracking the rolling release, the same as if you installed a fresh copy from our new ISOs. Once I’ve finished a bit more testing & bugfixing with it, I will post back with details on how to try it out. I’m hopeful it will be sometime next week.
Lastly, I also wanted to let you know that with this change, it will be possible convert an existing “FreeBSD” 9.1-Release into a PC-BSD or TrueOS system. I’ve started writing instructions on this PC-BSD wiki page with details.
Last but not least, we have some new hardware coming in soon which I will quickly get working on building a PC-BSD -STABLE release, and then -CURRENT. More details as they arrive
Happy testing, and please post your feedback to the testing mailing list so we can get to work quashing bugs.
The RC3 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 are now available for i386 and amd64 architectures. This is expected to be the last snapshot before 9.1-RELEASE, so report any bugs to the testing mailing list so that they can be fixed in time for RELEASE. Note that the included handbook is still a draft version– it should be finalized and released to translators within the next week or so.
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.
Notable changes since the previous release candidate:
- PC-BSD handbook has been updated for 9.1
- Fixed bug where some keyboard layouts were not being displayed
- Multiple functionality and stability improvements for EasyPBI
- Multiple functionality and stability improvements for TrueOS
- New functionality improvements including better detection added to the mount-tray
- Fixed bug where default mount points were not being set correctly using ZFS mirror/raidz mode
- Fixed bug where update manager was not displaying the proper error text when failing
- Added new ability to create ZFS datasets for jail environments
- Added UK wireless channel 12 support
- Fixed bug where Linux jails were not importing properly
- Mirrors are now auto detected and set based upon location
- Automatic ZFS 4K blocksize enabled by default
- System manager should now show the correct dialog for “default”
If you wish to update from 9.0 to RC3 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, run the updater utility to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the RC3 version will appear.