The PC-BSD development team has been abuzz this week with awesome suggestions on how we can standardize the way we write PC-BSD utilities and software. Â One thing weâ€™ve begun to realize is that as more people are contributing to the project, it is ever more important to make sure that there are clear standards for development. Â Even our primary developers will admit itâ€™s easy to forget to use the same icon pack, or file menu layout when you get busy writing the main program. Â Going forward you can expect these standards to impact most of the PC-BSD utilities and programs you use everyday, although in a relatively minor way. Â Everything will still function the exact same, but whether or not you are using AppCafe or the Warden you can expect the file menu layout / program layout to follow the same general rules. Â For more information please check out â€œBecoming a Developerâ€� in the PC-BSD 10.1 wiki. Â If youâ€™d like to join the discussion you can emailÂ [email protected]
Iâ€™ve seen some discussion lately about the life cycle of PC-BSD branches. Â I sat down with Kris Moore in IRC and asked if he wouldnâ€™t mind clarifying the release cycle for our users. Â Kris answered the general rule of thumb you can use is a branch will continue to be supported for 6 months after the next branch is released. Â The updates include all of the things you would expect like new PBI and security updates. Â So for users of 9.2 you can expect support to continue through June of 2014. Â 9 Stable was a â€œexperimentalâ€� branch and is no longer supported at this time. Â Users of 9 Stable are encouraged to upgrade to 9.2 or 10.0 Release to continue to receive important updates.
You can expect to see tons of improvements coming up for PC-BSD 10.1. Â One of the biggest being Kris and Yuri have been working to fix Linux jail support in the Warden. Â A handful of commits went into the tree today that will address the previous problems users have been having with Linux jails. Â Kris has continued to refine the Warden and PBI systems to fix some bugs that were causing major stability issues in certain scenarios. Â Minor cosmetic changes are coming for most PC-BSD utilities to bring them up to the same standards outlined in the â€œBecome a Developerâ€� section in the PC-BSD 10.1 wiki.
Thatâ€™s it for this week folks. Â Lots of good things in the works so stay tuned to the blog for more important PC-BSD news!