PC-BSD 10.0.2-RELEASE is now available

pcbsdThe developers of PC-BSD have just released the official version of 10.0.2  after a series of test releases. The most notable changes include the new Lumina desktop (still in its alpha stages), as well as a revamp of the AppCafe.

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next
PC-BSD quarterly update, version 10.0.2!

This update includes a number of important bug-fixes, as well as newer
packages and desktops, such as KDE 4.12.5, Cinnamon 2.2.13, Gnome 3.12.2 and more. This release also includes an alpha release of the new Lumina
desktop which is being developed on PC-BSD. For more details and updating instructions, refer to the notes below.

You can download the DVD/USB image here: http://www.pcbsd.org/en/download.html

Check out the official release announcement here: http://lists.pcbsd.org/pipermail/announce/2014-June/000065.html

PC-BSD 10.0.2-RC2 available for testing

pcbsdThe developers of PC-BSD have just made available the second release candidate for version 10.0.2. You can find the downloads here.

This will (hopefully) be our last RC before releasing 10.0.2 officially sometime on or around the 23rd. We have addressed or fixed most tickets related to the 10.0.2 release, so if you are still running into any issues, please report them using our Trac database.

Users running EDGE or earlier 10.0.2 images can upgrade their packages to the RC2 versions via AppCafe or Package Manager.

Head over to the following link for the official announcement: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/06/10-0-2-rc2-available-for-testing/

PC-BSD 10.0.2-PRERELEASE ISO available for testing

pcbsdThe developers of PC-BSD have just released 10.0.2-PRERELEASE ISO:

The next 10.0.2-PRERELEASE ISO is now available for testing and can be downloaded from
http://download.pcbsd.org/iso/10.0-RELEASE/testing/amd64/.

If you have a spare system or virtual machine, consider testing this image. If you find any bugs, report them at https://trac.pcbsd.org so we can take a look at fixing them before 10.0.2 is released later this month.

Check out the official post here: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/06/10-0-2-prerelease-iso-available-for-testing/

PC-BSD vs. Ubuntu

PC-BSD Logoubuntu_logo_black-orangeThis article by Make Tech Easier discusses the pros and cons of both PC-BSD and Ubuntu as an open-source desktop operating system. The two operating systems are compared by the ease of use as a desktop, starting with the installation process, desktop environment, and ending with application support and installation.

To read the full article with graphics, check out the following link: http://www.maketecheasier.com/pc-bsd-vs-ubuntu/

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 25 & 26

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Kris Moore and the PC-BSD team have been working on several updates for PC-BSD. The most notable are fixes related to the recent Heartbleed/OpenSSL bug, as well as stability issues with the PBI system. The Update Center has also had some changes to improve usability on the PC-BSD operating system.  In addition, preload, an adaptive readahead daemon, has been ported over. An alpha version of the Lumina desktop environment is also in development by Ken Moore.

Check out the full list of notes here: Digest 25 and Digest 26

BSD Now Episode 22: Journaled News-Updates (video)

bsd_now_logoThe bsdnow.tv team has uploaded a new episode: Journaled News-Updates, featuring an interview with George Neville-Neil. In this episode you will hear hosts Allan Jude and Kris Moore chat about the following topics:

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iXsystems announces PC-BSD 10: Propelling the BSD Desktop

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Following the announcement of PC-BSD 10.0 on the PC-BSD blog, iXsystems has released a press release to announce the new achievement: PC-BSD 10: Propelling the BSD Desktop Experience to New Heights

From the PR release:

iXsystems, Inc. is delighted to announce the release of PC-BSD 10: Joule Edition! This major new version of the PC-BSD desktop operating system brings in a wide variety of improvements to both its own tools and software from the wider open source community. Most users will notice the replacement of GNOME 2 with MATE, as well as the revamped Life Preserver backup utility that makes use of ZFS replication. The underlying operating system has been updated to FreeBSD 10, which brings in many performance and driver improvements, including updated AMD video drivers.

The largest change since PC-BSD 9 is the replacement of GNOME 2 with its successor desktop, MATE. MATE is a fork of GNOME 2 that seeks to preserve the traditional desktop metaphor. GNOME 3 and Cinnamon are also available as unsupported desktops – GNOME 3 is the latest desktop from the GNOME project, and Cinnamon provides a variant on the GNOME desktop experience from Linux Mint. With these additions and the latest versions of XFCE, LXDE, and KDE, PC-BSD offers a complete array of modern desktop environments for users to choose from.

PC-BSD provides an incredible array of custom tools and utilities, and most of them have been improved with this release. The biggest change is to the PC-BSD Life Preserver, which now operates via ZFS snapshots and offers the ability to quickly retrieve files from previous versions of the filesystem. Your entire disk of data can also be automatically replicated to a remote system using the same ZFS revision, such as FreeBSD 10 or FreeNAS 9.2. Should your existing disk drive crash, it is possible to recover directly from the remote replication using the PC-BSD DVD/USB installer. A new disk management tool for managing ZFS volumes after installation has also been added in this release as well as a new Qt based graphical login manager (PCDM), replacing the legacy GDM login manager.

The PC-BSD installation process has been improved as well. There is now a single file to download, which can be used for either a USB or DVD installation. The installer now offers a choice of graphical or text mode, making it just as easy to use for server installation as for desktops. The installer now offers GRUB as the recommended bootloader, with support for ZFS boot environments. This allows users to backup the entire boot environment of PC-BSD before attempting upgrades or hazardous operations, and boot back into them later if something goes wrong.

Joe Maloney, an Assistant Network Administrator with Sumner Communications who runs pkgdemon.com and recently joined the PC-BSD project as a volunteer developer, told iXsystems about his experience using PC-BSD at his day job.

“Currently four out of five of us in our Internet Technical Support Department use PC-BSD. Recently I’ve implemented EasyPBI to create installers for our work applications. I run PC-BSD 10; I’d say each release keeps getting better and better. My favorite PC-BSD features are Ports Jail, the Warden, and ZFS support for RAID-Z, snapshots, and rollbacks.””