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PC-BSD at Fossetcon

Fossetcon will take place September 11–13 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL. Registration for this event ranges from $10 to $85 and includes meals and a t-shirt.

There will be a BSD booth in the expo area on both Friday and Saturday from 10:30–18:30. As usual, we’ll be giving out a bunch of cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs, as well as accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation.  Dru Lavigne will present “ZFS 101″ at 11:30 on Saturday. The BSDA certification exam will be held at 15:00 On Saturday.

PC-BSD 10.0.3 Quarterly Package Update Released

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next PC-BSD quarterly package update, version 10.0.3!

This update includes a number of important bug-fixes, as well as newer packages and desktops. Packages such as Chromium 37.0.2062.94, Cinnamon 2.2.14, Lumina 0.6.2 and more. This release also includes a CD-sized ISO of TrueOS, for users who want to install a server without X. For more details and updating instructions, refer to the notes below.

We are already hard at work on the next major release of PC-BSD, 10.1 later this fall, which will include FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE under the hood. Users interested in following along with development should sign up for our Testing mailing list.

PC-BSD Notable Changes

* Cinnamon 2.2.14
* Chromium 37.0.2062.94
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.6.2-beta
* Pkg 1.3.7
* Various fixes to the Appcafe Qt UI
* Bugfixes to Warden / jail creation
* Fixed a bug with USB media not always being bootable
* Fixed several issues with Xorg setup
* Improved Boot-Environments to allow “beadm activate” to set default
* Support for jail “bulk” creation via Warden
* Fixes for relative ZFS dataset mount-point creation via Warden
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition

TrueOS

Along with our traditional PC-BSD DVD ISO image, we have also created a CD-sized ISO image of TrueOS, our server edition.

This is a text-based installer which includes FreeBSD 10.0-Release under the hood. It includes the following features:

* ZFS on Root installation
* Boot-Environment support
* Command-Line versions of PC-BSD utilities, such as Warden, Life-Preserver and more.
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition

We have some additional features also in the works for 10.1 and later, stay tuned this fall for more information.

Updating

Due to some changes with how pkgng works, it is recommended that all users update via the command-line using the following steps:

# pkg update –f
# pkg upgrade pkg
# pkg update –f
# pkg upgrade
# pc-extractoverlay ports
# reboot

PKGNG may need to re-install many of your packages to fix an issue with shared library version detection. If you run into issues doing this, or have conflicts, please open a bug report with the output of the above commands.

If you run into shared library issues running programs after upgrading, you may need to do a full-upgrade with the following:

# pkg upgrade –f

Getting media

10.0.3 DVD/USB media can be downloaded from this URL via HTTP or Torrent.

Reporting Bugs
Found a bug in 10.0.3? Please report it (with as much detail as possible) to our new RedMine Database.

10.0.3-RC2 Available for Testing

PC-BSD 10.0.3-RC2 ISO images are now available for testing.

Users on the EDGE package set, or 10.0.3-RC1 can update to the newer set with the following commands:

# pkg update –f
# pkg upgrade
# pc-extractoverlay ports

This update brings in the newer pkgng 1.3.7, which may need to re-install many of your packages in order to properly fix an issue with shared-library version detection in previous pkgng releases.

The current plan is to release 10.0.3 early next week, so please let us know of any issues right away via our RedMine bug tracker.

PC-BSD 10.0.2 Released!

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next PC-BSD quarterly update, version 10.0.2!

This update includes a number of important bug fixes as well as newer packages and desktops, such as KDE 4.12.5, Cinnamon 2.2.13, Gnome 3.12.2, and more. This release also includes an alpha release of the new Lumina desktop which is being developed on PC-BSD. For more details and updating instructions, refer to the notes below.

Notable Changes:

  • KDE 4.12.5
  • Cinnamon 2.2.13
  • Gnome 3.12.2
  • Alpha release of Lumina desktop
  • Revamped AppCafe and PBI subsystems, integrated fully with FreeBSD’s PKGNG
  • AppCafe support for application screenshots, 5-Star rating system and comments integrated with our Wiki
  • Unified various UI elements and keyboard shortcuts
  • Integrated package cleanup functionality into AppCafe / PBI system
  • Updated Control Panel UI with additional view options and asynchronous item reading
  • Improved UI notification between applications and tray notification systems
  • Added PulseAudio as default audio backend for all packages which can support it
  • Added full-disk encryption options with GELI, which does *not* require a separate un-encrypted /boot partition
  • Support for automatic boot-environment creation before doing any upgrades or updates to the system or packages
  • Boot-environment support for full-disk encrypted installations
  • Added support for adding snapshot “Comments”
  • Options to set L2Arc / ZIL devices during installation
  • Many other bugfixes and improvements to Life-Preserver, Warden and more

A more detailed list of changes can be found in What’s New in 10.0.2.

Updating:

Desktop users already running 10.0 can update via Control Panel -> Package Manager -> Updates. Server users can update via the “pc-updatemanager” command-line utility.

If package updating fails due to conflict errors, please be sure to apply all system updates first before trying again.

After updating and rebooting, please run the AppCafe once to begin the conversion process from the old style PBIs to 10.0.2 packages.

Installing:

10.0.2 DVD/USB media can be downloaded from here.

Reporting Bugs:

Found a bug in 10.0.2? Please report it (in as much detail as possible) to our Trac Database.

PC-BSD at SouthEast LinuxFest

SouthEast LinuxFest will take place June 20–22 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, NC. Registration for this event  is free.

There will be a BSD booth in the expo area on both Friday and Saturday from 9:00–17:00. As usual, we’ll be giving out a bunch of cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs, as well as accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation. Ken Moore will present “PBI v10: Application Management Made Easy” at 13:30 on Friday and Dru Lavigne will present “ZFS 101″ at 13:30 on Saturday. The BSDA certification exam will also be held at 11:00 On Sunday.

10.0.2-RC2 Available for Testing

PC-BSD 10.0.2-RC2 images are now online for testing from our download site.

This will (hopefully) be our last RC before releasing 10.0.2 officially sometime on or around the 23rd. We have addressed or fixed most tickets related to the 10.0.2 release, so if you are still running into any issues, please report them using our Trac database.

Users running EDGE or earlier 10.0.2 images can upgrade their packages to the RC2 versions via AppCafe or Package Manager.

Thanks for all your help testing, and the issues reported so far!

PC-BSD at Texas LinuxFest

There will be a BSD booth at Texas LinuxFest to be held June 13 and 14 at the Austin Convention Center in downtown Austin, Texas. Several members of the PC-BSD team will be at the booth and will be giving out cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation. Registration for this event is $30 or $60 and the expo area is open on Friday from 12:00–18:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00.

On Saturday, Josh Smith will present  Introduction to PC-BSD 10.0 and Dru Lavigne will present Graphical ZFS Management Tools.

The BSDA certification exam will also be available on Friday at 10:00. The cost of the exam is $75.

10.0.2-PRERELEASE ISO Available for Testing

The next 10.0.2-PRERELEASE ISO is now available for testing and can be downloaded from
http://download.pcbsd.org/iso/10.0-RELEASE/testing/amd64/.

If you have a spare system or virtual machine, consider testing this image. If you find any bugs, report them at https://trac.pcbsd.org so we can take a look at fixing them before 10.0.2 is released later this month.

NOTE: if you plan to use AppCafe in this image, go to Configure -> Repository Settings and change it to “Edge”. Do this before attempting to upgrade within AppCafe; otherwise, if you reboot or logout, you will not be able to successfully log back in again.

PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE is Now Available

PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE is now available for download!

A special thank you to all the developers, testers, translators and docs team members who helped make this release possible.

10.0-RELEASE notable features

  • Includes FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate (Replaces Gnome2) and Cinnamon

For a more complete list, checkout the What’s New in 10.0.

Updating

Online updating to 10.0-RELEASE is now available for users running 9.2-RELEASE systems. As with any upgrade, please make sure to backup your critical data beforehand.

To get started, first ensure that your packages and world/kernel are up to date, and then apply the update to 10.0 using the following command at a root prompt:

pc-updatemanager install fbsd-10.0-RELEASE

NOTE: If you are on an older 9.2 install that still uses UFS, you will want to install 10.0 fresh and move to ZFS. Many of our new tools and utilities depend upon ZFS functionality.

Reporting Issues

Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our Trac database.

PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 Now Available

The next PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE-p4 image (based upon FreeBSD 10.0-RC5) is now available for download!

This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so. Please report any outstanding issues to our bug database.

*** NOTE to users of 10.0-RC4 or earlier ***

Due to an ABI change in FreeBSD between RC4 and RC5, you will need to re-install *all* packages and PBIs after updating  to RC5.

To update your packages, use the following command:

pkg-static upgrade –f

NOTE: This is best done immediately after the upgrade, before rebooting into RC5.

Once your desktop / server is updated, you can then update your PBIs via the “AppCafe� utility or using pbi_delete / pbi_add.

We are still finishing up a number of the newly-rebuilt RC5 PBIs, so if a particular application is not yet in the AppCafe, please check back in a day or two.

Disclaimer

This image is still a pre-release version of the upcoming 10.0-RELEASE. Use caution when deploying upon production systems.

Updating

Online updating to 10.0-RELEASE is now available for testing on 9.2-RELEASE systems. To get started, first ensure that your packages and world/kernel are up to date, and then follow these instructions:

http://trac.pcbsd.org/wiki/TestingUpdates

After making this change, the “pc-updatemanager branches� command will show the new 10.0-RELEASE branch as available for updating.

10.0-RELEASE notable features

  • Includes FreeBSD 10.0-RC5
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • New UEFI loader on installation media
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate (Replaces Gnome2) and Cinnamon
  • And much more!

PC-BSD 10.0-RC2 Available

The first PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE image, based upon FreeBSD 10.0-RC2, is now available for download!

Disclaimer

This image is still a pre-release version of the upcoming 10.0-RELEASE. There is a known issue with VirtualBox not yet working, so if you rely upon this functionality you should wait to update until it is fixed in RC3, or the official RELEASE.

Updating

Online updating to 10.0-RELEASE is not yet enabled, but will be for the next test revision based upon FreeBSD 10.0-RC3.

10.0-RELEASE notable features

  • Includes FreeBSD 10.0-RC2 from 12/19/2013
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • New UEFI loader on installation media
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate (Replaces Gnome2) and Cinnamon
  • And much more!

Reporting Issues

Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our Trac database.

Next 10.0 Image Available

Kris has announced the availability of the next 10.0 image:

The next PC-BSD 10-STABLE image is now available for download!

Disclaimer:

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.

Updating:

If you are updating from an earlier version of 10-STABLE you may need to manually run pkg-static upgrade and remove any conflicting packages. This is due to the switch to Gnome3 and the Linux Centos 6 compatibility layer.

New Features:

  • Includes FreeBSD 10-STABLE / 10.0-BETA3 from 11/20/2013
  • Includes the Gnome3 / Mate / Cinnamon desktops, replacing Gnome2.
  • Updated installer options for text-mode, including ZFS options
  • Improved PBIs support
  • Updated our Linux compatibility layer to Centos 6
  • Numerous bug-fixes

10-STABLE notable features:

  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • New UEFI loader on installation media
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate and Cinnamon
  • And much more!

Reporting Issues:

Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our Trac database.

Second 10-STABLE Image Available for Testing

Kris has announced the availability of the next 10.0 testing image:

The second PC-BSD 10-STABLE image is now available for download!

Disclaimer:

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 currently has only a few items in it for testing, but more will be added soon.

NOTE: Users of the previous 10-STABLE image may not be able to online-update, due to a bug in FreeBSD Update.

New Features:

  • Includes FreeBSD 10-STABLE / 10.0-BETA3 from 11/8/2013
  • Switched to PCDM as the default login manager
  • New 10.X artwork & themes
  • Fixed a long list of bugs relating to PBIs
  • Fixed issues enabling the flash plugin out of box
  • Corrected some installation issues via the text-installer
  • Corrected an issue changing passwords via the User Manager
  • Other misc bugfixes

10-STABLE notable features:

  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • New UEFI loader on installation media
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • And much more!

Reporting Issues:

Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our Trac database.

The Revamped Life Preserver

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.

PC-BSD at All Things Open and vBSDCon

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.

PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE Now Available

The PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images images are now available for download. Users already running an earlier 9.2 image can now online update to the latest world / kernel / packages via the system updating mechanisms. Users running 9.1-RELEASE or earlier, please read the UPGRADING section below.

9.2-RELEASE Highlights

* Based on FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE.

* Bootable ZFS Boot Environments: using GRUB2, any new ZFS boot-environments created via the “beadm

9.2-RC4 Images Now Available

The latest PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-RC4) images are now online! Users who install this image will then be able to online update to a FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE kernel / world when it is announced. Users already running an earlier 9.2 image can now online update to the latest world / kernel / packages via the system updating mechanisms. This *should* be the last RC before 9.2-RELEASE is tagged, so if you find any issues please let us know right away.

Changes since the last ISO:

* Added patches for FreeBSD SA’s 13:11–13

* Updated to FreeBSD 9.2-RC4 world/kerne

Get Involved

Want to help out the PC-BSD project? Found a bug you need to report? You can do so by joining us on our Forums! PC-BSD welcomes new contributors, testers, or simply feedback on how a particular piece of hardware works with BSD.

Second Episode of BSD Now Airs Today

Today’s episode of BSD Now features an interview with Glen Barber from the FreeBSD release engineering team. Glen will discuss how FreeBSD release engineering works and what his role is on the release engineering team, the new features in the upcoming 9.2-RELEASE, and his new role with the FreeBSD Foundation.

This episode also discusses the latest news including a 3x speed improvement in FreeBSD disk encryption, OpenBSD’s Y2038 patch, the New Xorg/mesa, a tutorial on poudriere (binary package building), and viewer feedback questions.

This episode can be streamed live at 2:00PM EDT, 18:00 UTC. Afterwards, the episode will be archived on the same web page. Again, Kris Moore will be the co-host.

PC-BSD at LinuxCon

There will be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area of LinuxCon, to be held at the Hyatt New Orleans from September 16–18. Expo hours are from 9:00–19:30 on September 16 and 9:00–16:00 on September 17. As usual, we’ll be giving out cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation. If you are attending the conference, be sure to drop by and say hi!

Note that this conference is not free to attend and requires registration. There is a discount for students and a limited number of scholarships are available for active members of an open source community.

We’re also excited that Matt Ahrens, co-founder of ZFS, will be presenting  Open ZFS on Linux: How the Linux, FreeBSD, and Illumos Communities are Joining Forces to Continue Improving Open-Source ZFS on September 17 at 15:10.