Testers: CentOS 6.5 Emulation and New AppCafe

For those of you on Edge and who wish to test the new Linux emulation and the new Appcafe, Kris has posted the instructions:

CentOS 6.5 emulation has been made the default for the EDGE packages going out this weekend. This replaces the legacy f10 package set. I’ve tested / confirmed that Flash works properly, haven’t tried net-im/skype4 yet, but a package is available for those who want to try.

I’ve seen a few issues doing the update here with PKG. It seems often the conflict detection won’t remove f10 on its own, so I’ve had to do this:

# pkg update -f
# pkg delete linux_base-f10\*
# pkg install nvidia-driver (Skip this if you don’t use nvidia drivers)
# pkg install pcbsd-base
# pkg upgrade
# pc-extractoverlay ports
# reboot

After reboot, you need to recreate the flash plugin:

% flashpluginctl off && flashpluginctl on

Let us know any issues you see with the newer linux emulation layer.

Also, if you run into problems launching / navigating the newer AppCafe, please open bug reports asap. We are working to stabilize that as quickly as possible. Bug reports should be created at bugs.pcbsd.org.


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Comments (17)

  • sg1efc
    October 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm |

    Cool! Thanks! 🙂

  • Tom
    October 7, 2014 at 1:41 am |

    This is great news!

    But I had not to use your described steps, since the update/upgrade via

    pc-updatemanager pkgupdate

    worked without any hassle.

    Thanks for your continnued great work!

    • October 7, 2014 at 2:00 am |


  • Boumali
    October 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm |

    I have a question
    what that means CentOS 6.5 emulation on pcbsd
    best regards

    • October 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm |

      It adds the CentOS 6.5 userland so that Linux apps “just work” on PC-BSD.

  • Boumali
    October 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm |

    thank a lot
    i have a problem with appcafe: it dosn’t running in my pcbsd-10.0.3
    best regards

  • cuder
    October 8, 2014 at 5:36 am |

    Does this mean we can run nVidia cuda compiled Linux binaries and use the power of GPU?

    • October 9, 2014 at 8:23 am |

      Good question… Try it and let us know!

  • Mitch
    October 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm |

    The new App Cafe is responsive, but lacked indication that a program is already installed (as the old Cafe did). God Bless and keep up the great work!

  • hsw
    October 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm |

    Was the new AppCafe just reverted?

    I was using the new version until just now, I updated, rebooted and found that the update icon now requests password and the old UI is back.

    I still appear to be on the edge packages, did I miss something?

    • October 13, 2014 at 5:31 am |

      Yup. We decided that there won’t be enough time before 10.1 release to polish the new appcafe. Instead, the 10.0.3 version of AppCafe will be the default while the new AppCafe is still available if you type pc-softweb to start it.

      • John
        October 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm |

        Since the update to 10.1 was mentioned. Will we have to do a fresh install or can we just upgrade to 10.1. I guess it is coming up soon but not sure how much after it is released that pcbsd uses it.

        • October 16, 2014 at 5:21 am |

          Kris is working on an update. Some things changed upstream so there might be special instructions for the update. It is recommended to wait for the official PC-BSD announcement before updating (unless you are just testing on a non-production system).

  • Christopher Fisher
    October 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm |

    I am finding that many linux packages in the ports still depend on the fedora core 10 packages, if i wanted tof ix this, is there a sane way to do that without breaking the entire linux compat system?

    • October 14, 2014 at 5:27 am |

      We’ve started switching a number of the critical ports to C6, but the bulk of them will have to wait for the porters to catch up. Most of the F10 ports are obsolete and I would imagine we will see a large number of new linux emulation ports hit soon.

  • Hiroshi Katay ama
    October 13, 2014 at 9:33 pm |

    Cent OS emulation is great !!

    BUT after upgrade as your instruction, Google Japanese, pinyin input method stop working !

    Noway to reply east asian emails !

    • October 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm |

      Do you know if the pinyin pkg also got updated? It should not be related to any of the CentOS changes.

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