As the rtc bug is solved, I can finally go back to what I’m supposed to do. As a proof of concept, I’ve prepared one last “plain” FreeBSD LiveCD with integrated X11 and Xfce environment, with SMP kernel, without WITNESS & INVARIANTS & without debug symbols – in other words, a fully functional system that will not be much different from when 7.0 goes into RELEASE status.
The ISO image (which is no longer available for download) contains all of FreeBSD “base” system, a recent kernel (which includes fixes to the ZFS), and a basic X11 system with Xfce 4.2 desktop environment (you can run it as root by starting “startx”). The installer is not yet integrated into the image so ignore the startup message about the “install” user, etc.
This LiveCD is mostly usable to people that need a “rescue” CD or those which need to experiment with certain aspects of 7.0 like hardware compatibility. It’s not a general-purpose “desktop” LiveCD and it has at least one critical bug, a panic in unionfs which occurs very frequently.