Distrowatch interview with Kris Moore (PC-BSD 8)

Distrowatch interviewed Kris Moore, the main developer of PC-BSD. The conversation is mainly about the upcoming PC-BSD 8.

Recently, I had a chance to exchange some e-mails with Kris Moore (pictured on the right), the founder of the PC-BSD project. For those of you interested in the BSD scene, PC-BSD is a desktop operating system which uses FreeBSD as its base. The PC-BSD team has been busy recently, preparing for their 8.0 release. Mr Moore kindly agreed to answer a few questions, which I’ll share here with you.

Interview with Kris Moore, PC-BSD (Distrowatch)

The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD (Book)

PC-BSD 8.0 is almost here, and so is The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD. This book is written by Dru Lavigne and due to be published later this month, 28 February.

Since its initial release in early 2006, the PC-BSD operating system has quickly become a popular desktop for both novice and experienced computer users. Novice users are initially amazed that such an attractive looking operating system is available for free. They quickly learn that it is also easy to use, free from viruses and spyware, provides the applications they need to perform their computing tasks, and has a large selection of additional software to choose from. Advanced users appreciate that it is built on top of FreeBSD, an operating system known for its security and stability, yet it still allows them to explore and tweak the system to meet their needs.

Pre-order on amazon: The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD

PC-BSD 8.0-RC Released

Only just realised I have forgotten to mention that PC-BSD 8.0RC was released.

Notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2
  • KDE 4.3.4
  • Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD
  • Run in Live mode directly from DVD
  • Updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly
  • Support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64

The final version of PC-BSD 8.0 is not far off.

PC-BSD 8 installation overview

PC-BSD 8.0 is still in beta stage. If you don’t have a chance to test drive it, have a look at the new installer on this video that Karl Fischer (floss.pro) put together.

PC-BSD 8 is the new release of PC-BSD. – FreeBSD 8.0-Release – KDE 4.3.4 – Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD

Released: Frenzy 1.2

This is so particular: on the day that I moved Frenzy to the inactive/no-longer-maintained section a new release was announced.

After being formally discontinued by its creator, Sergei Mozhaisky, a number of developers headed by Egor Vershinin has taken over the work.

Frenzy is a FreeBSD-based live CD featuring a variety of security, system testing, networking and penetration tools, has now been resurrected (the last version was release 12/2008).

Frenzy 1.2 ‘reincarnation’ (community release) is out. It is based on FreeBSD 8.0 and available in 2 editions – lite and standard. This is a first version of Frenzy that isn’t made by me – the author of this build is Egor Vershinin.”

The developers have set up a new web site at frenzy.bspu.ru, with some documentation and a changelog, but it’s currently in Russian only. The project’s original web site at frenzy.org.ua also has some information about the new release. The “lite” edition of Frenzy only includes command line tools, but the “standard” edition comes with X.Org and Fluxbox.

Download the English variant from here: frenzy-1.2-reincarnation-en-release.iso

Many thanks to Dalibor – Edmondas, Lars (LME) and AxelBSD for emailing me regarding the new update.

pfSense 2.0 Beta 1

pfsense-logoChris Buechler has announced the availability of the first beta release of pfSense 2.0, a FreeBSD-based firewall system.

Our Christmas gift to the community is the 2.0 release reaching the beta milestone. The release is feature complete, with no new features being added, and should stay relatively stable throughout the remainder of the development process.

That’s not to say it’s production-ready though, most of our developers are using it in production and have been for months, but unless you have a solid understanding of the underlying system and can manually verify the configuration, 2.0 is not yet for you. If you have a non-critical environment where you can try it out, you can find the latest build on the snapshot server.

Read the complete release announcement for further details and known issues

Released: PC-BSD 8.0-BETA

pc-bsd logo 100x100Kris Moore announced on New Year’s day the availability of PC-BSD 8.0-BETA (Hubble Edition).

Version 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog. Some of the notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.0-Release
  • KDE 4.3.4
  • Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD
  • Run in Live mode directly from DVD
  • Updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly
  • Support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64

Version 8.0-BETA of PC-BSD is available for download from our mirrors, and will be available shortly as bittorrent from www.gotbsd.net.

In order to prepare for 8.0-Release, please report any bugs to the Trac Database! Discussion regarding testing etc are taking place on the testing mailinglist.


Dru Lavigne has finished the first draft of the Definitive Guide for PC-BSD. This book is based on PC-BSD 8 and is written for the novice user. Will keep you posted when the final paper version is published.

pfSense on FLOSS (audio interview)

pfsense logo 100x100Scott Ullrich and Chris Buechler, the guys behind the pfSense project, have been interviewed by Randal Schwartz and Leo Laporte on FLOSS 101. (via)

FLOSS Weekly is a podcast covering free and open source software.

Will Backman has interviewed Randal Schwartz on BSDTalk (24 mins). They talk about Randal’s early experiences with BSD, permissive licenses, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris, perl, the BSDFund credit card, and the Floss Weekly podcast.

Released: pfSense 1.2.3

pfsense logo 100x100Chris Buechler has announced pfSense 1.2.3

1.2.3 release is now available! This is a maintenance release in the 1.2.x series, bringing an updated FreeBSD base, some minor enhancements, some bug fixes, and a couple security updates. We’ve been waiting a few weeks in anticipation of a FreeBSD security advisory for the SSL/TLS renegotiation vulnerability, which came last week and allowed us to finalize the release.

The primary changes from 1.2.2 are:

  • Upgrade to FreeBSD 7.2
  • Embedded switched to nanobsd
  • Dynamic interface bridging bug fix
  • IPsec connection reloading improvements
  • Dynamic site to site IPsec
  • Sticky connections enable/disable
  • Ability to delete DHCP leases
  • Polling fixed
  • ipfw state table size
  • Server load balancing
  • UDP state timeout increases
  • Disable auto-added VPN rules option
  • Multiple servers per-domain in DNS forwarder overrides
  • No XMLRPC Sync rules fixed
  • Captive portal locking replaced
  • Outbound load balancer replaced

For futher details, the changelog and download info, visit the pfSense 1.2.3 page