Dec
22

New PCBSD Hardware at ISC

ISC hosts portions of the PC-BSD infrastructure. Due to increased growth in the number of users using PC-BSD, the old infrastructure at ISC has been completely replaced. This should result in faster download times and updates for PC-BSD users.

For those of you interested in the technical details, the frontend box is a 6 core Xeon 5647 running at 2.93ghz, with an additional open CPU socket. This box has 48GB of RAM, and is running FreeBSD 9.0-RC3 on a pair of 1TB SATA disks in a ZFS mirror. This box provides trac/svn/rsync/ftp services to the outside world, and also runs an internal PostgresQL server for trac.

The backend box is a TrueNAS storage server connected via redundant point to point 10gigE to the front end box. NFS exports a RAIDZ of 4 2TB SATA drives with SSD L2ARC. This box a has a single quad core Westmere, with an empty CPU socket in case expansion is needed, running at 2.4ghz and 48GB of RAM.

Both machines have redundant hot swap power, hot swap drives, as well as LOM (lights out management) provided via dedicated IPMI.

The old hardware is being donated to ISC.

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Dec
19

Haiku Contest

Show us your creativity/humor/love for FreeBSD and PC-BSD by submitting an original haiku poem. Here at iXsystems we always love hearing what you have to say, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 release than indulging in some creative writing? We’ll gladly give away a PC-BSD shirt to the winner, and immortalize his/her haiku up on our Facebook and Google+ sites.

Rules:

  1. Entry must be in haiku form (5,7,5 syllables) and written in comprehensible English in order to be considered.
  2. Multiple entries are welcome, but only one entry per person can win. A single good entry will stand out more than numerous similar ones.
  3. Entry should be FreeBSD or PC-BSD related in order to be considered.
  4. By submitting an entry, you agree to let iXsystems reproduce your work for promotional purposes and that it is your own original work.

Prize: A PC-BSD Isotope T-shirt plus misc FreeBSD swag items. (Total ARV: $30)

Contest starts: Dec 19th, 12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Contest ends: Dec 30th, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

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Dec
19

PC-BSD in Kindle Lending Library

The Kindle version of the PC-BSD 8.2 Handbook (and the upcoming Kindle version of the 9.0 Handbook) are participating in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. This program allows Kindle owners to borrow the book for free.

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Dec
15

New PC-BSD Wallpapers

Nine new PC-BSD wallpapers ranging in size from 1024×768 to 2560×1600 are now available for download.

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Dec
15

PC-BSD 9.0-RC3 Now Available

The third (and hopefully last) release candidate for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available! This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-RC3 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

This is the first release available as both pre-built VirtualBox and VMware images. Each image includes the various guest tools pre-installed, ready for booting in the virtual environment of your choice.

This release also includes a new graphical boot-loader for fresh installations. Users performing an upgrade from RC2 -> RC3 can enable the new bootloader by placing the following lines in /boot/loader.conf:

# Enable the graphical boot-loader
autoboot_delay=”12″
graphics_enable=”YES”
beastie_theme=”/boot/themes/default/theme.conf”

Changelog

Notable changes in this release (in no particular order):

  • Fixed the default KDE wallpaper / desktop theme
  • Add option to skip performing system upgrades at bootup, in case the user doesn’t have the time to wait.
  • Fix bug starting the port jail from rc.d
  • Make sure we clear any KDE cache during upgrade
  • Fixed bugs installing some PBIs from AppCafe causing seg faults
  • Load ext2fs automatically
  • Default LXDE clock to AM/PM time
  • Add default openbox wallpaper / menus
  • Load the “iir” raid driver on install media
  • Add extra meta-pkg for VMware guest support
  • Reduce CPU usage while checking for system updates on the tray
  • Add new graphical boot loader enabled by default
  • Updated the handbook for 9.0
  • Speed up the download process of system upgrades
  • Add patch for GDM which corrects issues with auto-login
  • Created new VirtualBox / VMware images for download

Known Issues

The system sources / ports tree don’t show up during the component selection, will be fixed for the final.

The firewall manager incorrectly reads the /etc/pf.conf file, will be fixed in the final.

The default QT theme doesn’t always match the rest of the desktops, will be fixed in the final.

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a pre-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.

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Nov
30

New FreeBSD Wallpapers Available

Several new FreeBSD wallpapers have been created and are available in the following resolutions:

  • 1024×768
  • 1280×800
  • 1280×1024
  • 1440×900
  • 1600×900
  • 1680×1050
  • 1920×1200
  • 2560×1600

Since the FreeBSD logo and name are registered trademarks of the FreeBSD Foundation, each wallpaper includes a subtle trademark symbol and has been approved by the Foundation.

You can download the wallpapers from this page of the PC-BSD website.

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