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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Nov
29

Upgrading from RC1 to RC2

Several users have noted on the testing mailing list that KDE is inaccessible after upgrading from RC1 to RC2. It turns out that the KDE 4.6.x cache is incompatible with the newer 4.7.x cache. Fortunately, the fix is an easy one:

Log in using another window manager (Fluxbox will be available in the login screen even if your only installed window manager is KDE), become the superuser, and run the following command:

rm -rf /var/tmp/kdecache-*

You should now be able to login to KDE.

The configuration files also changed in this version of KDE so the PC-BSD desktop wallpaper and icons will be missing. This has been fixed for RC3.

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Nov
28

PC-BSD at LISA

There will be a BSD booth during LISA in Boston, next Wednesday and Thursday (December 7-8). We’ll be giving out PC-BSD 9.0 DVDs, cool swag, and answering BSD related questions. Entrance to the exhibition area is free, but you do need to register first. If you’re in Boston, stop by booth #408 and say hi!

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Nov
23

PC-BSD 9.0-RC2 now Available

Kris has announced the availability of RC2. From the announcement:

The second release candidate for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 is now available for download. This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-RC2 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

Changelog:

Notable changes in this release, in no particular order:

  • Improve username checks in installer to only allow valid chars
  • Add button for xvkbd virtual-keyboard usage during installation, install can now be done entirely via touch-screen
  • VirtualBox mouse-pointer integration works by default after selecting vboxvideo in display wizard
  • Improve update-manager to not fail on soft errors
  • In services tool, sort by name by default and enable user-sorting via headers
  • Fix mime issues causing false identification of office documents as .zip files
  • Set default language to en_US.UTF-8 which fixes mouting some removable media
  • Set the default mirror server on first boot to the fastest available
  • Save users proxy / pbi configuration across upgrades
  • Fix bug in AppCafe to show PBIs not associated with a particular repo
  • Added FVWM and FVWM-Crystal as desktop options: note these will be PC-BSD themed (desktop and menu items) in RC3
  • Prompt for a desktop in LIVE mode
  • Add Koffice-kde4 as optional meta-pkg for KDE4
  • Make pbi-manager more “sudo” friendly
  • Added optional meta-pkg for Compiz
  • Enable DynamicPM on ATI video
  • Add “switcher2″ utility for changing gtk theme
  • Add -R option to “pbi_add” which fetches PBI install file without installing or removing it
  • Add xscreensaver to base system to fix issues in XFCE4 & others

Known Issues:

The default KDE wallpaper / desktop is broken with the update to 4.7.3. This will be fixed for RC3.

Reporting Bugs:

Since this is a pre-release, please 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
23

New PBI’s Available for 9.x – Games

There are a large number of new games available for PC-BSD 9.0, spanning game types such as action, arcade, card, educational, strategy, online RPG, puzzle, first person shooter, and party games. As mentioned with the desktop utilities, the PBI’s for these games should work in all the desktop environments available with PC-BSD, not just the one(s) mentioned in the game description.

Some of the new games are (in alphabetical order):

AfternoonStalker, AlienArena, Amoebax, Atomix, Barrage, Bomns, Briquolo, BrainParty, BubBros, Burgerspace, Chromium-BSU, Cosmosmash, Crimson, Cuyo, DJgame2, Dopewars, EasySok, Enigma, FreeDink, Gbrainy, GCompris, Gno3DTet, GnomeBreakout, GnomeChess, GnomeKiss, GnomeMemoryBlocks, GnomerMind, GNUDoku, GTetrinet, GtkTetcolor, gTuring, Gweled, Hedgewars, Hexalate, Instead, Kanatest, KDEGames4, Klavaro, KFreeRings, kMancala, KPicFramer, Kpictorial, KPuzzle, KSudoku, KTritoc, KWappen, LBreakout2, Legends, LianLianKan, LMarbles, LordsAWar, LucidLife, MonkeyBubble, MonsterMasher, MudMagic, nPush, OpenCity, OpenYahtzee, Peg-E, Pink-Pony, Pioneers, Pipewalker, Plee-The-Bear, PokerTH, PPRacer, py-Mnemosyne, py-Pychess, QNetWalk, Six, SuperTux, SolarWolf, TaxiPilot, TEG, Tetzle, TheManaWorld, Toppler, Trackballs, TuxType, WarMUX, Xpuyopuyo, XQF, Zaz

Thanks to Jesse Smith for many of these PBI modules.

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Nov
22

PC-BSD Installer Makes Top 6 Linux/BSD Graphical Installers

PC-BSD’s installer made the top 6 list of open source graphical installers. It is interesting to compare screenshots of the various installers.

Here is what the article had to say about the PC-BSD installer:

SysInstaller, or PC-SysInstaller, is the installation program of PC-BSD, a FreeBSD distribution with KDE as the main desktop environment. It offers more configuration options in less steps than other installation programs in this article. It is, in a sense, what DI (the Debian Installer) is not.

Pros: Support for GPT. Like DI, it offers options to install Desktop Environments other than KDE.

Cons: Lacks support for boot loader password-protection. Shown in this screenshot is the desktop configuration step, where you can choose what Desktop Environment to install. The default is KDE4.

And this is the disk configuration step. Advanced disk setup does not get any simpler than this. Note that this screenshot was taken from a release candidate of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.

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