Jan
17

PC-BSD on Google+

For those of you who use Google+, there is now an official PC-BSD page.

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Jan
13

PC-BSD 9.0 Torrents

Here are the locations for the PC-BSD 9.0 torrents:

You can assist the PC-BSD community by helping to seed the torrents. If you are new to seeding, check out the FAQ.

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Jan
13

PC-BSD 9.0 Released!

The PC-BSD development team and iXsystems are pleased to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD version 9.0!

Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE, this is the first release of PC-BSD which offers users a variety of desktop environments to choose from, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more! Also available are pre-built VirtualBox and VMware images with integrated guest tools for rapid virtual system deployment, and native support for installing directly to OS X BootCamp partitions.

A very special thank you goes out to our contributors, testers, documentation team, and translators. Your help was invaluable in getting 9.0 ready for launch!

Some 9.0 highlights:

  • Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE.
  • Support for installing a variety of Window Managers, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!
  • Improved PBI system, allows library sharing, binary diff updating, custom repositories, digital signing and more!
  • Support for “freebsd-update” via the System Update GUI.
  • New Control Panel, providing consistent configuration options across various Window Managers.
  • Improved networking utilities, including wifi quick-connect.
  • Enhanced “Life-Preserver” utility for doing off-site rsync backups of user data.
  • New VirtualBox / VMware disk images, with integrated guest tools.
  • Support for UFS+Journaling out of box.
  • New graphical boot options page.
  • Support for installation to BootCamp partitions on OS X systems.
  • And much more!

You can download PC-BSD 9.0 here. Instructions for preparing a system for intallation and performing the installation can be found in the PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook. An update for upgrading to 9.0-RELEASE from an RC version of PC-BSD 9.0 will be available in Update Manager in the next day or so.

Physical media can be purchased from the FreeBSD Mall. A DVD and book bundle will also be available from the Mall by the end of January.

Additional links:

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Jan
13

PC-BSD talk and booth at SCALE

Kris Moore will be giving a presentation Introduction to PC-BSD 9 next Saturday during SCALE, to be held at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles, CA.

He will also be available at the PC-BSD booth in the expo area. Drop by to say hi and to pickup a DVD of PC-BSD 9.0 and some cool swag.

Registration for SCALE is very reasonable: $10 for the expo-only or $70 for the expo and presentations.

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Jan
09

PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook

The PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook is complete and available in several formats:

  • as an icon on the 9.0-RELEASE desktop (which should be announced as available in the next day or so)
  • in HTML, PDF, and epub formats from the handbook page of the ftp server
  • as a Kindle version which should be available from Amazon some time this week
  • FreeBSD Mall will be selling a “dead tree” version; more details on pricing and ordering should be available on their website in a few days

Let me know if you are interested in translating this version of the Handbook so I can send you the source and make sure that the translations mailing list is aware of the pending translation.

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Jan
09

Winner of Haiku Contest

We’re pleased to announce that Jesse Smith is the winner of the Haiku contest with the following entry:

fast, secure, friendly,
a daemon in the machine.
behold: isotope!

The haiku is also availlable as a graphic:

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