Kris has announced that the next testing snapshot is available:
Another 9-Current 64bit snapshot has been uploaded to the FTP server. This snapshot includes the following changes:
- Disabled AHCI by default to fix some bugs working with Optical/Disk media
- PBI’s are now able to be installed as regular user accounts, for those in the “operators” group
- Updates to the AppCafe GUI to enhance usability
- WIFI configuration GUI enhancements to auto-detect encryption type and make connection more streamlined
- Fixed a bug in the LXDE menus which had caused it to refresh every 3 seconds
We are currently working on fixing up the i386 build server and hope to have a new 32bit snapshot with the next batch.
- The system installer has a bug that prevents loading vanilla FreeBSD, will be fixed for next snapshot
As usual, please let us know of any problems on the testing mailing list.
Jesse Smith has been working on a program that monitors how much swap space is available on a PC-BSD system. As existing swap space is used up, Swap Extender creates a larger swap file, effectively growing the amount of swap available to the operating system. As swap usage decreases, Swap Extender shrinks the swap file.
Instructions for downloading and installing Swap Extender and where to send any bug reports or suggestions can be found on this forum thread.
The English version of the PC-BSD 8.2 Handbook is now available in EPUB format. You can download this version from the Handbook section of the FTP server. I’m working on the EPUB version of the Indonesian translation and it should be ready for download by early next week.
EPUB should work on most e-readers (other than Kindle). Wikipedia has a list of both software and hardware EPUB readers.
If you’re wondering what software was used to create the EPUB version, Calibre was used to convert the HTML version to EPUB and Sigil was used to cleanup any formatting errors introduced by the conversion. I originally tried to convert the PDF version, but that required a lot of formatting cleanup; there was very little cleanup required for the HTML conversion. Both applications are available in the FreeBSD ports/packages collection and Calibre is also available as a PBI. Thanks to everyone who suggested the EPUB version, gour for providing the initial Calibre conversion, and Lord Drachenbult for suggesting the HTML conversion.
Kris’ formal paper on the new PBI 9 format is available as a PDF download. In it he describes the historical reasons for the legacy format as well as the design behind the new format. He also provides a brief overview of the new suite of PBI command line tools.
The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:
OpenJDK: OpenJDK is an open-source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition. Install this PBI if you wish to access Java applications from within your web browser.
There were reports that earlier versions of OpenJDK caused firefox to crash which is the reason why a PBI was not available before. This seems to be fixed–please let us know if the PBI causes any problems with your browser.
Indiana Linuxfest has just confirmed that there will be an Installfest this Friday at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. If you’re interested, head to the Golden Ballroom 6 anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. I’ll be bringing PC-BSD 8.2 DVDs, a copy of Parted Magic, as well as FreeNAS 8 RC3 CDs in case anyone is interested in giving FreeNAS a go. Feel free to drop by if you’re interested in hanging out, assisting other users, or trying an installation yourself.