John R Davis Jr. has started some torrents to speed up the download of yesterday’s latest testing snapshots. So far, these torrents are available:
- 32-bit CD Image
- 32-bit LITE USB Image
- 32-bit Network Install USB Image
- 32-bit Network Install CD Image
- 32 bit Live USB image
- 32 bit Install USB Image
- 32 bit DVD Image
- 32 bit live DVD Image
- 64-bit Network Install USB Image
- 64-bit Network Install CD Image
- 64 bit CD Image
- 64 bit LITE USB Image
- 64 bit live USB Image
- 64 bit Install USB Image
- 64 bit Install DVD
- 64 bit live DVD
To use a torrent file you must first have a torrent program. If you are running Windows, try utorrent. If you are running Linux, check to see which torrent applications are available for your distro. If you do not have a built in client in your Linux distribution, try transmission. If you are running Mac OS X, transmission is also a good client.
Once you have a client you can download the .torrent file by right clicking its link and clicking save as, or by clicking on the link your browser should ask you to either save as or run using the default program.
After you open the .torrent file, you have to wait for your program to download the file from the “Seeders”. Your program should provide you an estimated download time.
After you are finished downloading the file, 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.
The next PC-BSD 9-CURRENT snapshot is now available for download.
This snapshot includes a lot of fixes and changes, notably:
- Overhauled Life-Preserver backup utility
- Fixes to AppCafe browser navigation
- Improvements to system installer pages, such as disk / user setup
- Improved tray notifier for available updates
- New “Welcome” program to introduce new users to PC-BSD
- Wifi tool automatically loaded in tray
- New beastie splash menu which allows booting from failsafe kernel
- Improvements for IPv6 support in base / utilities
- Misc bugfixes reported by users from last snapshot
As usual, please test and report bugs any problems back to the testing mailing list.
If you’ve been to the PC-BSD website this week, you will have noticed that it has a shiny new look. Besides being pretty, some new features were added during the redesign:
- there is a new menu system for organizing content
- the web backend has been updated
- you can now chat on the #pcbsd IRC channel from your web browser (no IRC client required)
- comments are enabled with Facebook and Twitter integration
- blog entries automatically appear on the website’s main page
- there is now a search bar for finding content
We hope you enjoy the new look! Leave a comment if you have any features that you would like to see included or notice anything that didn’t survive the migration from the old to the new website format.
Earlier this year, iXsystems and the FreeBSD Foundation sponsored Bjoern Zeeb (a FreeBSD committer and recipient of the Itojun Service Award for his contributions to IPv6) to improve FreeBSD’s implementation of IPv6. That work included the creation of IPv6-only testing versions of both FreeBSD and PC-BSD in time for World IPv6 Day. As far as we know, the PC-BSD version is the first desktop operating system with a pure IPv6 kernel that does not rely on any IPv4 code. You can read the official press release on prweb.
The PC-BSD testing version is based on PC-BSD 9.0 and is available for download from North American and European mirrors. If you would like to try it out, you’ll find that it is as easy to install as any other PC-BSD snapshot. However, if you wish to connect to the Internet from your IPv6-only system, you will need access to an ISP or third-party service (such as tunnelbroker) that provides IPv6 addresses and a router capable of tunneling IPv6 traffic.
We hope to get as many testers as possible to report on any error messages that they encounter. We expect that some code, especially in third-party applications, won’t know how to deal with IPv6-only. As these errors are reported, they can be submitted to the correct committer to be fixed. Send your reports to the PC-BSD testing mailing list.
It should also be noted that the FreeBSD website and all of the PC-BSD infrastructure (website, forums, etc.) is IPv6 enabled with AAAA records. If you are participating in World IPv6 Day, be sure to visit the PC-BSD and FreeBSD websites!
Kris has written an article “Installing FreeBSD with pc-sysinstall” which has been published on pages 26-28 in the June issue of BSD Mag. You can download that issue for free from here. From the introduction:
Several months ago, the PC-SYSINSTALL system (the installer for PC-BSD 8.0 and higher) was merged into FreeBSD CURRENT, in preparation for FreeBSD 9.0. This installer is primarily a backend, but it can also be used stand-alone for multiple scripted or single installations of FreeBSD. In this article we will take a look at how to use PC-SYSINSTALL, as well as various configuration options to take advantage of FreeBSD features which currently cannot be used via the default installer.
Members of the PC-BSD team will be attending Southeast Linuxfest in Spartanburg, SC, June 10-12. Conference registration is free.
On Saturday, June 11, Kris Moore will give a presentation entitled “Introduction to PC-BSD” and Dru Lavigne will give a presentation entitled “How Can I Contribute to Open Source?”. The rest of the day they will be available at the BSD booth in the expo area. Be sure to drop by the booth to say hi and to pickup some free swag and a PC-BSD DVD.
For those interested in taking the BSD certification exam at this event, it will be held on Sunday morning.