Following the release of FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 earlier this week, Kris Moore has release PC-BSD 9.0-BETA3 now. This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.
Notable changes in this release:
Fix issue enabling flash plugin after installation
Fix bug with handbook not launching in LXDE
Fix issue performing updates on ZFS systems with separate /boot UFS partition.
Add lxmenu-data port, which provides nicer LXDE menu framework
Fix enabling ibus from GDM
Include “mga” driver in base
Add option to install only “openbox” as a window-manager
Fix bug doing PBI patching and checking the FreeBSD version
Improve PBI manager allowing ~/bin entries to point to wrapper scripts
Fix bug upgrading and installing the nvidia driver
Fix bugs installing from LIVE mode
When updating to BETA3 from BETA2, please apply the “System Updater Bugfixes” patch first, in order to ensure that your update process goes smoothly.
Everything seems to fall into place pretty neat, and we sure like the ride so far. You might wanna ask : “why would I want to switch from my Linux desktop?” Well, if you’re happy with your Linux desktop, just continue using it. However, I think BSD might offer the same or a little more: the system is one big entity (kernel plus userland), as opposed to Linux, which is a kernel having userland tools “glued” on top, ZFS, DTrace, live upgrades, good documentation and a fantastic community, among others. We recommend you at least try PC-BSD and see if it’s your cup of tea.
The first BETA build of the 9.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Since this will be the first release on a brand new branch I’ll cross-post the announcements on both -current and -stable. But just so you know most of the developers active in head pay more attention to the -current mailing list. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the -current mailing list.
Below a number of links to interesting FreeBSD (related) projects and resources.
ArabBSD is a new FreeBSD related project, working to create an Arabian FreeBSD operating system:
ArabBSD is a project which aims to provide infrastructure for the most reliable and secure operating system FreeBSD. We aim to have our own Arab Operating System developers soon starting from the analysis of FreeBSD infrastructure, block diagram formulation and call for research groups within each field. Anyone who is interesting in operating systems and their news can join us. They will keep up with OS. OS is about everything in life containing all the types of programming. You can develop in the kernel and you can use this Operating System as a virtual environment for your project.
10 years of pf presentation
Henning Brauer has made his presentation from BSDCan 2011 available. Weighing in at 82 pages, he gives a detailed overview of what happened to the packet filter firewall (pf) in the last 10 years.
As you will know, PC-BSD closely follows FreeBSD’s release cycle (on which it is based) but makes it easier for use on the desktop. As a sidenote, Dru Lavigne, PC-BSD’s Community Manager, is doing a presentation this weekend at Scale 2011 on how PC-BSD compares to Linux and FreeBSD. This is her presentation outline:
With regards to the release of PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble Edition), this version contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, have a look at the changelog.
Some of the notable changes are:
Added ability to select file-system type and encryption during auto-partitioning
Able to toggle between MBR/GPT partitioning
Various bug fixes to the wireless / network managers
Version 8.2 of PC-BSD is available for download from the mirrors, as well as via torrent from gotbsd.net.
Following the release of FreeBSD 8.2-RC3, the third Release Candidate for PC-BSD 8.2 was announced today by Kris Moore, Lead Developer of PC-BSD.
This RC is expected to be the last RC version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 2-3 weeks.
In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:
Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
Nvidia Driver 96.43.16
PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.