alpha3 release: PC-BSD 7.0 with KDE 4.1

PC-BSD LogoAfter several weeks of porting and hard work by KDE on FreeBSD and PC-BSD teams,  PC-BSD is pleased to make the first PC-BSD 7 Alpha with KDE 4.1 (beta2) available! This release is quite a bit different from our previous alphas, as the jump from KDE 3.5 to KDE 4.1 is very significant, and required the entire codebase to be ported over to compile / run with QT 4. As such, it is expected that many bugs appear in this alpha, and we appreciate your help in finding and fixing them.

Please note, as the 4.1 version of KDE is in beta, and there is still porting to be done on the BSD side of things, you may be able to help in this area as well. First, if you find bugs in the install + setup of PC-BSD, please let us know via the testing list, and we’ll begin working on them right away. However, if you find bugs in the KDE desktop itself, please be sure to check out the KDE bug database first, and determine if the bug should be reported there, or to the kde-freebsd porting team.

For example, we are already aware of a bug preventing Konsole from working. TIP: Use Alt-F2 to launch xterm instead.

Download links: CD1 (652Mb) | CD2 (578Mb)
MD5 CD1 = 96bc8de9771e28770268eab65889718a
MD5 CD2 = 59993ce3182b0ff4b541cb233c328cce


  • You will need to download BOTH CD’s to install PC-BSD from now on. KDE4 is quite a bit larger than 3.x, and one CD wont fit it anymore, even with LZMA compression.
  • Also, the porting of the PBI system over to KDE 4.1 is finished as well, and the build server is due to start working on the new 7 series PBIs sometime early next week. This should allow everybody to test a more complete desktop with our entire PBI catalog very soon.

Please remember this is a alpha snapshot so don’t complain when you find problems or errors but report them to the testing list instead.


  1. Eric says

    Hello again, well I indeed hope that the installation media will be reduced to 1(one) disc, regardless if it’s a CD or even a DVD. A DVD would be awesome if it included extra pbi’s for selection upon installation, and/or none for a slimmer install; I think it would be a nice feature. The gnome desktop or alternate browser pbi’s would be a nice additional installation option once the build server has the PC-BSD 7 builds in progress. Or… maybe a .pbi database file, that one could update and select which pbi’s to install on system installation, which would also be pretty slick and loved by many. Hope this release has something new, original and exciting to _REALLY_ attract new users!!

  2. Swagat says

    Hello, where can I find an errata for PC-BSD 7 alpha 3? Also, when is the production version expected to be released? Would a 15.1.1 to 7 update be possible?

  3. Gerard says

    There aren’t any official errata and change logs, but if you subscribe to the PC-BSD testing mailinglist, you’ll have a pretty good idea what’s going on.
    We always provide a upgrade from the last release (incl updates) to the newest. We don’t provide upgrades from alpha versions to a new release.


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