Rolling-Release and 9.2-BETA1 Released
Kris has announced the availability of the next rolling release and the first beta for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.2:
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce that new images for PC-BSD 9.1-RELEASE (Isotope Infusion) and PC-BSD 9-STABLE (Based upon FreeBSD 9.2-BETA1) are now available! These releases are among the first in our new “Rolling-Release” model, and will allow you to easily keep your system updated with bi-monthly package set updates along side your regular PBI updates. In addition the images now include support for creating and booting from ZFS boot-environments. Due to the nature of implementing ZFS boot-environments, users on previous installs of 9.1-RELEASE will need to perform a re-installation in order to take advantage of these ZFS features. With the upcoming release of 9.2, currently in BETA, existing users may opt to wait for its release in order to migrate to the newer version. Many additional new features are also listed in the notes below.
DVD and USB images are now available for download.
Highlights for 9.1-RELEASE:
* FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE
* Bootable ZFS Boot Environments
– Using GRUB2, any new ZFS boot-environments created via the “beadm” command will be added to the boot-loader and available at boot-time
* PNGNG support
– In addition to PBIs and the AppCafe, system admins and power users will now have access to a full PKGNG repository with frequent updates
* Switched over to CDN for downloads
– No more having to hunt for a closest mirror, downloads will automatically pull from our CDN service hosted by ScaleEngine
* New version of AppCafe
– New streamlining and PBI management functionality
* Warden Updates
– Support for setting various jail options via the GUI
– Option to create jail “templates” based upon different versions of FreeBSD
– Support for VIMAGE jails
– Jails without any IPV4 or IPV6 address assigned
* Graphical PKGNG manager
– GUI supports basic or advanced mode, which allows full package management / upgrades
* Home directory encryption
– PEFS based encryption, allows users to encrypt their home-directory contents with their login password, which is only unencrypted while logged in
* Boot times improved substantially
Highlights for 9-STABLE:
* FreeBSD/TrueOS 9-STABLE (Running 9.2-BETA1)
* Binary “freebsd-update” server implemented for -STABLE, allowing monthly updates to a newer -STABLE release without re-compiling
* All the features listed for 9.1-RELEASE above also apply to 9-STABLE
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