Sep
13

9.0-BETA2 Available for Testing">PC-BSD 9.0-BETA2 Available for Testing

Kris has just announced that BETA2 is now ready for testing:

The next BETA release of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available! This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

Notable changes in this release, in no particular order:

* Fixed an issue fetching large sets of packages during an update
* Added NVIDIA driver to install media, allowing it to be used instead of “vesa” and “nv“
* Fixed an issue with passwords & encryption strings with a ‘=’ in them causing parse errors
* Auto correct if user tries to use /home mount-point to /usr/home
* Fixed internet installation defaulting to an incorrectly formatted URL
* Added sanity checks to AppCafe to check if user is able to install applications
* Fix to pbi-manager to checkout correct FreeBSD sources
* When adding new users via the GUI, include them in the “operator” group by default
* Fixed misc crashes while using the User Manager
* Set wallpaper to full-screen mode on install images
* Increase default ‘/’ partition size to 2GB
* Added AppCafe warning when no meta files can be found
* Cap the size of default swap space
* Fixed layout of default XFCE menu
* Make hyper-links work in Welcome application
* Fix loading translation files in Xorg Wizard
* Show total and current MB of downloads in AppCafe
* Fixed bugs in Firewall Manager causing incorrect service names to be selected
* Show status of firewall restart in the GUI
* Put volume applet on LXDE panel by default
* Added feature to System Manager and Installer to right-click on meta-pkgs and show details
* Reorganized the meta-pkg layout
* Enhance pc-su to use more appropriate “su” backend depending upon WM being run
* Include support for some additional Broadcom wifi chipsets by default
* Allow booting to emergency console on LIVE images
* Added Draft version of PC-BSD 9 handbook
* Speed up booting by loading some KLDs after kernel is loaded
* Clear temporary files in /tmp at boot by default
* Add support into AppCafe for showing HTML formatted descriptions
* Added new default font configuration
* Use more appropriate icons for entries in Control Panel
* Fixed an issue with IBUS variables not being set properly
* Fixed printer config to use “pc-su” so we have permissions to add / remove devices
* Fixed syntax bug when trying to install using “gmirror“
* Fix pbi-manager to resume downloading meta-data if the system was shutdown before it finished

Known Issues / Errata

When installing from DVD the Adobe Flash plugin may not be enabled by default. To fix this, open a terminal and run the command

% flashpluginctl on

The update GUI in BETA 1.5 may not let you select the update to BETA2. To work around this you can start the update via the command-line using the following command as root:

# pc-updatemanager install release-9.0-BETA2

The update will begin to download and may take a while to finish. If you lose connection, or need to restart the update at a later time it will resume at where the download left off previously.

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. When providing feedback please indicate which install media you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

Aug
19

9.0-BETA1.5 Available for Testing">PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5 Available for Testing

Kris has just announced the availablily of the next testing release. From the announcement:

PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5 is now available!

Users already running BETA1 may update to BETA1.5 via the system-updater GUI on the task-bar.

Notable changes in this release:

  • Enable hplip scanner support
  • Fixed bug removing PBIs sometimes leaving some file leftovers
  • Auto-create npflashplugin wrappers at system install
  • Improved fluxbox / icewm with “idesk” support for desktop icons
  • Fixed running the display wizard from the Control Panel
  • Fixed AppCafe crash when removing last PBI or download
  • Fixed issue saving some timezones properly during installation
  • Fixed detection of running WM for Control Panel icons
  • Fixed life-preserver to use non-standard port 22 when specified
  • Add default gtk2 theme
  • Update NVIDIA driver to 280.13

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. Please take a moment and refer to the snapshot documentation to pick the right one for you. When providing feedback please indicate which snapshot you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

Aug
01

9.0-BETA1">Release Announcement: PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release in the new 9.x series. 9.0-BETA1 is now available for download from the website or ftp server.

Caution

This is a BETA release, for early adopters and testers. Please use caution deploying in production environments. Additionally only a small number of apps are currently packaged and available in the new AppCafe. We will be releasing more in the upcoming weeks, but users who rely on a particular application may wish to wait until 9.0-Release before upgrading.

Major Changes

* Now supports multiple Window Managers, such as:
— KDE 4
— GNOME 2
— XFCE 4
— LXDE
— And many more!
* Support for “meta-pkgs”, allowing the user to customize their installed system with a variety of software.
* Improved PBI system, allows sharing of files / libraries between applications for reduced disk / runtime space.
* New AppCafe, allow easy browsing, installing and managing Applications
* Updated to the installer, allowing easy setup of ZFS, GELI encryption and more!
* Many improvements to networking setup GUIs
* New system-update utility, support for “freebsd-update” and upgrading from point-release to point-release. (I.E. 9.0 -> 9.1)
* Revamped “Life-Preserver” backup utility, makes it easier than ever to backup to FreeNAS or any remote ssh+rsync server.
* New PC-BSD Control Panel, provides one-stop access to a variety of system-configuration options.

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

Notes

There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. Please take a moment and refer to the snapshot documentation to pick the right one for you. When providing feedback please indicate which snapshot you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

Jul
03

9-CURRENT-20110701 Testing Snapshot">Torrent Locations for 9-CURRENT-20110701 Testing Snapshot

John R Davis Jr. has started some torrents to speed up the download of the latest testing snapshot. If you use a torrent, please leave your torrent program open so that it can seed the file. When you seed, it speeds up the download of that file for everyone else. Note that you have permission to seed these files as they are freely available under the BSD license.

  • 64-bit bootonly
  • 64-bit CD
  • 64-bit live DVD
  • 64-bit DVD
  • 64-bit USB boot-only
  • 64-bit USB
  • 64-bit USB-lite
  • 64-bit USB-live
  • 32-bit boot-only
  • 32-bit CD
  • 32-bit DVD
  • 32-bit DVD-live
  • 32-bit USB boot-only
  • 32-bit USB
  • 32-bit USB-lite
  • 32-bit USB-live
Jul
03

9-CURRENT-20110701 Testing Snapshot Available">9-CURRENT-20110701 Testing Snapshot Available

Kris has announced that the next testing snapshot is available:

The next snapshot for PC-BSD 9 is now available!

Notable changes in this release:

  • Disk partitioning fixes, related to “gpart” creating incorrectly sized partitions
  • Speed improvements to pbid / hashdir functionality
  • Fixes to policykit allowing auto-mounting in Gnome2
  • Fixes to pc-sysinstall to save logs to USB media after failure
  • Fixed bug auto-detecting WEP encryption in wifi tool
  • Huge speed increase when starting AppCafe and reading repo index files
  • Fixed adding scrotWM to GDM choices
  • Bug fixes when adding new meta-pkgs, don’t wipe log file after failure
  • Improved UI options / descriptions for disk-page of system installer
  • Began adding some framework for new updating tools / schemes for 9

As usual, please read through our 9.0 Snapshots Wiki Page for more information on how to provide feedback.

Jun
14

9 Snapshot">MythTV Configuration Improvements in Latest 9 Snapshot

The latest 9.0 testing snapshot contains a configuration script that automatically initializes the MythTV backend so the front-end is ready to use. We’re looking for testers, preferably with a video capture card, to test the setup on as many systems as possible and to provide information for the 9.0 PC-BSD Users Guide.

A documentation page has been started here. It includes links to the recommended hardware and screenshots of what should happen until you get to the front-end. At the moment, I don’t have a video capture card so testing by people who do would be much appreciated.

If you try out MythTV and come across an error, please post the error message and what prompted it to the testing mailing list. If you try it out and want to add to the documentation, create a wiki account. You can either add your edits directly on that page, or if you prefer to leave your notes for an editor to incorporate into the documentation, leave them in the Discussion tab of that page.

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