The July issue of BSD Magazine has an article introducing the PC-BSD 9.0 Control Panel on pages 12-15. It also provides instructions for building the Control Panel on FreeBSD or PC-BSD 8.2. The ability to add the administrative tools of any window manager regardless of the window manager you are currently logged into is pretty slick. You can also read just this article on slideshare.
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
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.
The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:
SABnzbd+: SABnzbd+ is a cross-platform binary newsreader. It makes downloading from Usenet easy by automating the whole thing. You give it an NZB file or an RSS feed, it does the rest. Has a web-browser based UI and an API for 3rd-party apps. Ideal for servers too.
Make-A-PBI: The Make-A-PBI program takes a port from the FreeBSD Ports tree and creates from it a PBI module. This module can then be used to create PBI packages. Make-A-PBI automates most aspects of the module creating process, setting up the required files and directories and collecting information from the port.
Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBI modules (as well as the Make-A-PBI application) and to battlle for suggesting SABnzbd+.
Ken Moore has just announced that a new PBI for Firefox 5.0 with proper flash implementation has just been re-released. As an added bonus, it is also about 1/2 the size of the previous (non-flash-enabled) 5.0 attempt. Let us know if you experience any other bugs with this version of Firefox.
A problem has been found with the FreeBSD port of Firefox 5. Since PBIs are based on FreeBSD ports, this means that you should hold off on installing the Firefox 5 PBI or upgrading to Firefox 5 in Software Manager. Thanks to all of the testers who provided information about the bug and to Ken Moore for submitting a patch for the FreeBSD port. We’ll post another entry when the fixed version becomes available.
In the mean time, if you have already installed or upgraded to Firefox 5, you can revert back to your previous version of Firefox. Ken offers the following advice so that you don’t lose any of your configuration settings when reinstalling the Firefox 4 PBI in Software Manager:
“Make sure that when you revert, you do not first remove all your settings when uninstalling FF5. In order to revert and keep all your settings, I usually just leave the current version alone, and when installing the new PBI it asks if it can overwrite the currently installed version, to which I say yes. I have never had a problem with losing my settings when doing it this way.”