PC-BSD 8.0 – Alpha2

pc-bsd logo 100x100The alpha version number 2 of PC-BSD 8.0 is now ready for testing.

Notable changes in this release:

  • FreeBSD 8.0-RC1
  • Improvements to base system
  • Using /usr/local LOCALBASE, allows users to easily modify their base desktop in the usual FreeBSD-ish way
  • Port-Console tool, provides users a way to build / run ports in a jailed environment, without fear of destroying their working desktop setup
  • Many bugfixes to the install / live image, fixed lots of hal/dbus issues with xorg and fixed many bugs running in LIVE mode from DVD.
  • NVIDIA drivers for 32bit now included (Nvidia is working on the 64bit drivers, and we’ll include those when they are released)
  • Misc other bugfixes, etc

Both the 32 and 64bit can be download ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/alpha-iso/

Please note, this is an ALPHA version; expect BUGS bugs and problems. We are still working on the new installer, and hope to have that impelemented in one of the next alphas.

PBIs are not yet being built for 8.0, but we are getting ready to do so, now that the release of FreeBSD 8.0 is getting closer.

If you come across any problems please drop us a note on the testing mailinglist

DesktopBSD 1.7 – last and final version

desktopbsd logo 100x100Peter Hofer, founder of DesktopBSD,  has announced on the mailinglist DesktopBSD 1.7. This new release comes with FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE-p3 as base system and KDE 3.5.10 as desktop environment and includes a large number of pre-installed applications. The easy-to-use graphical installer and utilities allow for a simple installation and configuration process.

Notable changes include:

  • FreeBSD 7.2 as stable and secure base system
  • KDE 3.5.10 as mature and easy-to-use desktop environment
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 as feature-rich office suite
  • Pre-installed Java SE 6 environment
  • X.Org release 7.4 with extensive graphics hardware support
  • Large number of enhancements and fixes

Release notes are available and ISO images of the installation media can be downloaded using FTP, HTTP or BitTorrent from the download page.

Please note that DesktopBSD will not be maintained any more by Peter:

This is the last and final release of the DesktopBSD project I find myself having less and less time to spare lately and no longer desire to keep developing and maintaining this project. However, because DesktopBSD is based entirely on FreeBSD, further support for the operating system and availability of up-to-date software is ensured.

Living The PC-BSD Lifestyle

pc-bsd logo 100x100James Nixon has a post about the PC-BSD lifestyle:

Sitting next to my 47” Westinghouse LCD TV is the iXsystems Apollo Workstation. This workstation is powered by the 5500 series of the Intel® Xeon® processor, an Asus GeForce 9800 GT video card, and 4 gigs of RAM. It came with PC-BSD Galileo Edition (7.1) pre-installed and a handful of applications that immediately increased my quality of life tenfold.

Using free software instead of spending hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on commercial software is great, especially because I enjoy dabbling in Photoshop, FL Studio, Sony Music Studio, as well as playing games such as Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2, and Eve Online.

The points he’s trying to get across are:

  • PC-BSD is for Gamers
  • PC-BSD is for Music Lovers
  • PC-BSD is for Movie Buffs
  • PC-BSD is for Everyone!

Read James’ Living The PC-BSD Lifestyle post

Two Security Alerts for FreeNAS

freenas logo 100x100The Learn FreeNAS blog reported about two recently found security flaws in FreeNAS, which will only affect those connected to the internet.

  1. Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in FreeNAS before 0.69.2 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via unknown vectors.
  2. Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the WebGUI in FreeNAS before 0.7RC1 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of users for unspecified requests via unknown vectors.

Released: PC-BSD PBI Builder 2.3

Version 2.3 of the PBI Builder software has been released for FreeBSD 7.x / PC-BSD 7.x. This update adds functionality to specify the version of FreeBSD you wish a target port to be compiled under. Also updated is the PBI Auto-Populate feature, which copies port files into the respective PBI automatically. For more details please refer to the changelog and wiki (installationmodule creator guide).

Download PBI Builder

m0n0wall Beta 1.3b17 released

m0n0wall logo 100x100Manual Kasper has released another m0n0wall beta release bringing the project closer to the release of the final m0n0wall 1.3. According to the announcement:

The move to FreeBSD 6.4 has been completed, and legacy BRIDGE has been replaced by if_bridge (thanks to Chris Buechler), so if you’re using the bridging features, you may want to test especially carefully whether everything works as desired after the upgrade.

Also, the filtering bridge is now always on (this is by design), so you may have to add firewall rules to permit traffic on your bridged interfaces if you have not already done so.

Various bugs have of course also been fixed (for the SIP inbound NAT problem, advanced outbound NAT slowness when using destination matching, DHCPv6 range check, etc.)

For more info, the changelog and downloads visit the beta page

PC-BSD 7.1.1 Released

The PC-BSD Team has  announced the availability of PC-BSD 7.1.1

Version 7.1.1 contains a number of bugfixes and improvements from PC-BSD 7.1, including KDE 4.2.4, improvements to printing support, Xorg Server 1.6.1, and much more.

For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog. Users who wish to upgrade from PC-BSD 7.0.x / 7.1 are able to do so via the upgrade / repair option during the installation.

Version 7.1.1 of PC-BSD for i386 and amd64 based platforms is available for download from our mirrors, for purchase from The FreeBSD Mall, as well as via torrent from www.gotbsd.net.