With EasyPBI 2.0 now available in the FreeBSD ports tree and as a PBI in the PC-BSD AppCafe, Ken, the creator of EasyPBI, has highlighted some of the new features in EasyPBI 2.0, and why you should want to start using it now.
First of all, I want to let you know, that I’ve personally not been satisfied with the frequency of PC-BSD releases and updates. With us tracking the upstream FreeBSD releases, it has really tied our hands getting new releases out to the public. The past couple of releases had a delay of almost a year between them, which is WAY too long in my opinion. To further compound the problem, our build system wasn’t designed to do frequent updates of packages and our utilities, which made getting updates out to the community a long and tedious process. This is all going to change. What we are looking at going to now is more of a “Rolling-Release” model, first for our utilities & system packages, and eventually for the FreeBSD base itself.
Read the whole post: Status update and future plans
Distrowatch has favourable review of recently released PC-BSD 9.1:
…”Nothing is perfect and PC-BSD does have an Achilles’ heel, specifically hardware compatibility. As much as I enjoyed the polish and the features and the wonderful ease of use, I suspect hardware support will be the make or break issue for most people. On my desktop machine I could get PC-BSD working, but only with reduced resolution and video performance. On my laptop things basically worked well, but it took a little tinkering to get my wireless card up and running. When running the operating system in a virtual machine I installed the VirtualBox guest additions, but couldn’t get PC-BSD to display its desktop at full resolution. Luckily hardware support with PC-BSD is not a trial and error process, the hardware compatibility tool takes the surprises out of testing the distribution, even when running from the plain installation media.
I definitely recommend trying PC-BSD. This new release has really taken a step forward in usability and features compared to where the project was even a year ago. I would say 9.1 brings to the table a level of ease of use and trouble-free administration only found in a few of the top ranking Linux distributions. It is well worth the time to test drive this latest release.”
You can read the review in its entirety here: Making computing easier: PC-BSD 9.1.
If you’re not going to install PC-BSD 9.1 but are curious what it looks like, have a look at the screenshots on Chris Haney’s website.
Ken Moore has announced the availability of EasyPBI2.
This is a complete re-write of the original program code. It has a more streamlined process for working with PBI modules, as well as a brand new interface and many new features/abilities.
Happy 2013 to all regular readers and the occasional visitor. It’s been a while since this site was updated, but this was due to work and holidays.
Hopefully we’ll see FreeBSD 10 released this year and the use of FreeBSD increased.
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In case you missed it, there have been some releases and the FreeBSD Foundation successfully completed its fund raising drive.
- Faces of FreeBSD – Dan Langille [FreeBSD Foundation]
- Faces of FreeBSD – Thomas Abthorpe [FreeBSD Foundation]
- Thank You for Helping Us Exceed Our Fundraising Goal! [FreeBSD Foundation]
- The FreeBSD Foundation’s 2012 End-of-Year Newsletter [FreeBSD Foundation]
- FreeBSD releases 9.1 and blows through fundraising target [The H]
- FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE Announcement [FreeBSD]
- The PC-BSD Team announces the availablilty of PC-BSD 9.1 [PC-BSD Blog]
- pfSense 2.0.2 release Now Available [pfSense Blog]
- FreeNAS 8.3.1 Beta 1 is available [FreeNAS Blog]
- EuroBSDCon 2012 presentations available online [Youtube]
- FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE now available on all VPS and Dedicated Server packages [RootBSD]
- FreeBSD 10 news [ivoras]
- Other interesting links can be found on the FreeBSD Central Google+ page
Notable changes since the previous release candidate:
- PC-BSD handbook has been updated for 9.1
- Fixed bug where some keyboard layouts were not being displayed
- Multiple functionality and stability improvements for EasyPBI
- Multiple functionality and stability improvements for TrueOS
- New functionality improvements including better detection added to the mount-tray
- Fixed bug where default mount points were not being set correctly using ZFS mirror/raidz mode
- Fixed bug where update manager was not displaying the proper error text when failing
- Added new ability to create ZFS datasets for jail environments
- Added UK wireless channel 12 support
- Fixed bug where Linux jails were not importing properly
- Mirrors are now auto detected and set based upon location
- Automatic ZFS 4K blocksize enabled by default
- System manager should now show the correct dialog for “default”
If you come across any issues or bugs, please let the team know via the testing mailinglist.
We have a quick FreeBSD related events update: one that’s upcoming(MeetBSD) and one that has taken place already (KyivBSD).
MeetBSD California 2012
MeetBSD California will be held this upcoming weekend, November 3-4 at Yahoo! in Santa Clara, CA.
Josh Paetzel will be presenting “FreeNAS: Storage for Open Source” and Kris Moore will be presenting “The Warden – FreeBSD and Linux Jail Management”
KyivBSD 2012 took place in September. Andrei has written up a summary (EN – Google Translate) of the day. Another conference took place that same weekend which had an effect on the number of visitors. The page contains links to the videos and presentation summaries.
Historically Installing FreeBSD was hard, text-based and not always intuitive for the new *BSD user. PC-BSD has changed this once and for all.
Did you know installing PC-BSD is almost as easy as 123? Have a look at this video, uploaded by the PC-BSD Project.
Did you know you can install FreeBSD from the PC-BSD Installation DVD?
The second RC build for the FreeBSD-9.1 release cycle was released last week (due to a busy break abroad I’m posting this only now). ISO images for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, and powerpc64 architectures are available.
Remember, this is not the final release version, so only use for testing purposes.
Following this FreeBSD release, the PC-BSD Project has announced PC-BSD 9.1-RC2.
There’s some good plugin documentation available on the FreeNAS website explaining how to use the plugins, how to install the plugins jail, how to create, find, install, and configure PBIs, such as Firefly, miniDLNA and Transmission. If there’s no PBI available (yet), the page shows how you can create your own PBIs, and how to install non-PBI software using the FreeBSD ports and packages collections.
Plugin support is still a bit crude in FreeNAS 8.2, but it is looking a lot more polished in the upcoming FreeNAS 8.3.
FreeNAS 8.2.0 Plugins Part 1: Installing
FreeNAS 8.3.0 Plugins Part 2: Plugins Configuration