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.
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
The default KDE wallpaper / desktop is broken with the update to 4.7.3. This will be fixed for RC3.
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.
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.
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.
With PCBSD 9.0 rapidly approaching completion, I wanted to take some time over the next week or so to inform the community about many of the new 9.x PBI’s that will be available through the AppCafe.
Today I am going to list the new PBI’s within the “Desktop Utilities” category (ports/deskutils in FreeBSD language). One of the main aspects that I wish to point out is that while many of these programs are designed to work within specific desktop environments (GNOME, KDE, etc…), the PBI format ensures that these programs should work with any of the PCBSD 9.0 desktop environments, regardless of the program description! For example: Katapult is a KDE application that, when installed as a PBI, works successfully on a system with IceWM rather than KDE installed. I hope this will allow users to utilize the applications that they are familiar with, while running the desktop environment of their choice!
Some of the new PBI’s for the desktop utilities category are listed below (in alphabetical order):
Alacarte, BlogTK, BookReader, Cairo-Dock, Drivel, FBReader, GanyRemote, GBirthday, Genius, Gnote, GnoTime, Gourmet, Griffith, GRuler, GTG, gToDo, Gucharmap, GXNeur, Katapult, KBLTicker, KLuJe, KnowIt, Krefty, KTagebuch, Labyrinth, Launchy, NoteCase, Orage, Parcellite, Pinot, Planner, QTM, Recoll, RedNotebook, Rubrica, TaskCoach, Virt-Manager, Wammu, XPad
Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating many of the modules for these PBI’s.
The Malaysia Government Open Source Conference 2011 (MyGOSCON2011) will be held at PICC, Putrajaya from November 29-30.
The Malaysian Open Source Developer’s Club has organized a BSD booth and BOF during the conference. Stop by the booth to pick up a DVD of the latest version of PC-BSD and to talk with other PC-BSD users.
Yesterday the PC-BSD project announced its partnership with the Blekko search engine. From the press release:
PC-BSD, a free open-source operating system that focuses on desktops and laptops, announced today that blekko, the popular human-curated search engine, has been chosen as the default search engine in the latest release of the operating system.
Blekko is a comprehensive search engine known for producing relevant search results. Using slashtags, curated sets of web sites organized around a particular topic, blekko combines the mechanical prowess of Google with human editors and communities in order to eliminate spam in search results and create a personalized search experience for its users.
PC-BSD 9.0, the latest release of the operating system, incorporates a search page powered by blekko that enables users to effortlessly search for quality, relevant and spam-free search results within the PC-BSD community. Users can also personalize their blekko search engine page with their own slashtags, and can share results with friends through social media channels, including Facebook.
“Blekko is a new and refreshing way to find what you need on the Internet,” says Kris Moore, Director of PC-BSD Software Development at iXsystems. “The slashtag concept in particular breathes new life into finding relevant search results, without all the needless sifting through pages of often unrelated content.”
Blekko has tapped the PC-BSD community to edit and maintain the PC-BSD slashtag. The newly created slashtag “/pcbsd” only shows quality results from trusted PC-BSD-related websites.
“We hope the PC-BSD community will embrace the blekko cause of eliminating spam from search by allowing users to curate the web”, says Greg Lindahl, CTO at blekko. “PC-BSD users are exactly the sort of inquisitive people who can help create a better search experience for everyone.”
PC-BSD 9.0 uses Blekko as the home page for web browsers installed with AppCafe™. If you’d like to try out Blekko, the PC-BSD themed Blekko page is here.