There’s a bone-numbing chill in the air, and that could only mean one thing. Time for a PC-BSD weekly feature digest! OK ok, I get it. The cold has nothing to do with PC-BSD, but it could be used to describe how cool the new PC-BSD features are we are going to talk about. ( Ba — Dum — Ching! ). You guys see what I did there right?? Bad jokes aside there are plenty of things to talk about so let’s get right to it.
PCDM has officially replaced GDM as the default login manager for PC-BSD in version 10.0. It offers PAM session / authentication, and is sleek and simple to use. PCDM will also provide language and locale selectors for login as well as a keyboard layout selector. For more on PCDM see the PC-BSD wiki @ http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/PCDM
Kris has put together some awesome new ISO build scripts that will allow users to build their own iso images from source. On a multi-core box you can estimate anywhere from a 6 to 12 hour build depending on the type of computer, amount of cores, memory, etc. The new scripts are simple to use and are literally only a couple of commands to start.
New Images for 9.2 and 10.0 are on the way to the CDN for all you testers out there that want to be on the very tip of development. If you don’t see the new images available you may need to give it some more time before they will be available.
We are now aware that there is a rogue node out there somewhere causing problems with CDN downloads. If you are experiencing downloads that are stopping after a few minutes, not completing, or other various download related issues, please send me an email @ email@example.com with the output of the host command on the PC-BSD download URL. This should give us an idea of where to look for the problem child and get this resolved as quickly as possible.
And of course it wouldn’t be a new release without plenty of bug fixes! The PBI back-end, PBI integration with AppCafe, and the Warden have all received tons of bug fixes in the last week. We were hoping to have more 10.0 PBI’s finished by now, but because of some bugs in how FreeBSD 10.0 acts with the PBI format some updating / fine tuning had to be done. It looks like most of the work has been finished to restore our ability to test 10.0 PBI’s so keep a look out on the 10.0 AppCafe for more awesome PBI’s.
That’s all I have for you guys this week. See you guys again next time!
This week the PC-BSD team has been busy working their magic pushing version 10.0 ahead at lightning speed, and some big things are starting to take shape. The PBI 10 format is about ready and we will begin populating the 10.0 appcafe starting next week. There are still a few small things to iron out with the approval system, but nothing too big that Kris and Ken can’t work their BSD magic on! Much of this last week was spent fine-tuning and improving the PBI format for 10.0, and I think you will all be very happy with the product of that hard work.
The PCDM login manager is back and is ready to undergo rigorous security testing in preparation for its introduction into PC-BSD 10.0. Ken has been fine tuning the new login manager, and has seen a number improvements taking shape from security to stability.
We have had a handful of users reporting problems with the .iso downloads from PC-BSD’s CDN network. If you have been experiencing problems with downloads not completing / resetting multiple times, then please let me know @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m specifically trying to see if we have a broader problem, or if we are simply experiencing minor intermittent download quality during off-peak hours.
This week I’d like to shine the spotlight on the new PC-BSD Disk Manager Utility (DM). The new DM Utility is a power user’s dream come true. Not only does the DM utility allow you to manage / maintain your ZFS pools, but you can also start scrubs, add ARC / ZIL devices, attach disks and much more. One of the most notable features are the ability to, like life preserver, make snapshots and revert back to them via a GUI interface. The disk manager will also include the ability to make new slices / partitions on disks. You will be able to add, remove, and modify slices with relative ease, although caution should be issued as you can very easily delete a system slice as well.
Stay tuned folks, there’s more great things coming next weekend!
The big news of the week is finally here! PC-BSD 10 images are ready for testing. These images are offered for testing and development purposes only! (Read disclaimer below). They are still in alpha so by all means fire away, but expect breakage. The more of you that can delve into this and get us feedback on bug reports the better!
PC-BSD 10.0 will offer a UEFI loader on installation media, as well as the newly polished life preserver system app. Also the installer will now offer the ability to choose between GRUB or BSD bootloader.
Over the course of the next several weeks more packages and PBI’s will become available as they become available / working for us. Keep an eye out on 10.0 updates here on the weekly feature digest.
This image is a very early cut of the new stable/10 branch of FreeBSD and is probably only suitable for advanced users or developers. A PKGNG repository is available for this release, however it is missing a number of packages we would normally ship with, such as virtualbox drivers, KDE accessories, etc. The AppCafe will currently appear empty, but we plan on populating it over the next few weeks.
Kris Moore has an article in the October issue of BSD Magazine which describes how the new PC-BSD 9.2 utilities are making it easier to take advantage of ZFS features on PC-BSD. The redesigned Life Preserver makes it easy to manage ZFS snapshots and to replicate them to another system or removable disk. The article is on pages 16–18 and the issue is available for free download.
We’ll be giving out PC-BSD and FreeNAS swag and accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation at two events this week:
All Things Open will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. We’ll be at booth #18 in the expo area. Expo hours are 9–5 on Wednesday, October 23 and 9–4 on Thursday, October 24. Registration is required for this event.
vBSDCon will be held at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA. This BSD conference starts with a welcome dinner on Friday evening followed by a hacker lounge and doc sprint. There will be presentations on Saturday and Sunday and the BSDA certification exam on Saturday evening. Saturday evening will also host a social event, hacking lounge, and doc sprint. We’ll have a booth in the expo area. The registration fee for this event is $75.
Friday is finally here and we have some fantastic new features coming your way. This week the PC-BSD team has been incredibly busy developing some awesome key features and utilities I know you are all gonna love. So without further adieu let’s dive into it.
First off make sure to check out Kris’ new article in BSD magazine. The article will take a look at the revamped Life-Preserver utility which assists users in ZFS management, including snapshots, replication, mirroring, monitoring and more.
The moment you have all been waiting for is finally here! (OK maybe not everyone). Yes that’s right the KDE wallpaper bug has been fixed. If you are having issues please update to the newest package set and the issue should resolve itself.
I’d like to give a friendly reminder to everyone in regards to the bug reporting changes in last weeks blog post. Please take bugs straight to trac.pcbsd.org and post your bug so we can find the information quickly and also resolve it as smoothly as possible. This is the best and easiest way to get your problem directly in front of the developers. Also please note the general bug reports forum will remain open for users to post bugs, ask questions, and have discussions. However the other bug reporting forums will be closed. You will still be able to read the posts, but no new posts will be allowed.
The new Life Preserver mirroring and backup utility has finished it’s primary development and will be going through intensive alpha testing starting next week. It is not currently ready for public testing, but stay tuned as it will be available very soon for all of you to beat up a little :).
Drumroll please! Early images of PC-BSD 10.0 will be starting development testing next week. PC-BSD 10.0 images are not currently available for public use. It definitely took some serious effort from Kris (mainly due to the current state of FreeBSD 10.0 packages), but the images do actually build and run now.
There are several other important features and improvements in the highlights below, so make sure to check those out! Stay tuned folks. There’s a lot more to come.
Heres the highlights for this week, October the 18th 2013:
- Life Preserver — Extensive testing over the next week
- PC-BSD 10.0 Images have been built for development and testing (not public)
- Time zone detection Feature added
- SSD option has been added for the disk layout GUI
- KDE wallpaper bug has been fixed — bug where wallpapers were not being displayed properly