PC-BSD 1.4 – changelog (Flash, Wifi etc)

PC-BSD 1.4 (da Vinci) includes many exciting new features and software, such as:

  • Wireless connection GUI (WIFI)
  • 3D desktop support via Compiz Fusion (optional)
  • Support for Adobe Flash 7 for native BSD browsers. (Konq, Opera, FireFox) (watch Youtube, Google Video etc)
  • KDE 3.5.7
  • FreeBSD 6.2
  • Xorg 7.2
  • Official Nvidia drivers included
  • New GUI tools & utilities
  • Better scanner (SANE) and printer support (CUPS)
  • Support for gaming (WINE) – e.g. World of Warcraft (WoW) can be installed with a few clicks!
  • There’s now also a FirefoxWine PBI available that’s able to show Flash 9 video’s (CNN etc etc)
  • Optional Components, and much more

For more information:
* Changelog: http://www.pcbsd.org/content/view/28/11/
* Release Notes: http://www.pcbsd.org/content/view/27/11/

PC-BSD 1.4 (Da Vinci) Released

PC-BSD logoiXsystems announced today the release of PC-BSD Da Vinci Edition. PC-BSD is a fully-functional desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE. FreeBSD is one of the most used UNIX-like operating systems in the world. It is widely renowned as the most stable and secure server operating system. PC-BSD has a Push-Button Installer (PBI) wizard developed exclusively for PC-BSD that lets users download and install many applications in a self-extracting and self-installing format. There are hundreds of popular software titles already available in PBI format and developers are constantly adding to the growing list.

Highlights of the Da Vinci release of PC-BSD include an easy to use GUI for configuring video and desktop settings as well as an updated base system running KDE window manager version 3.5.7. Other features include out-of-the-box support for Flash 7 in native BSD browsers, official NVIDIA drivers to simplify activating hardware acceleration, optional 3D desktop using Compiz Fusion (a slick new 3D Desktop Manager), and a new graphical wireless configuration tool to easily establish a wireless connection with supported network adapters. Da Vinci also features massive improvements to WINE, an open source project that facilitates the running of Windows-based applications on UNIX-like operating systems.

For years we had heard complaints that there was no ‘go-to’ place for assistance with FreeBSD related technical issues. We are pleased to now be the primary resource for PC-BSD and FreeBSD technical support
While PC-BSD is geared to the desktop user, it is also suitable for use as a server operating system. According to Carla Schroder, FreeBSD system administrator and author of the Linux Cookbook,

PC-BSD serves as a great introduction to FreeBSD for network and server administrators.

PC-BSD supports the existing FreeBSD binary package management tool, a method to download and install pre-packaged binary applications. PC-BSD also supports the FreeBSD ports collection, a framework for installing more than 17,000 applications by downloading and compiling software from source with a single command.

ixsystemslogo.jpgiXsystems, corporate sponsor of the PC-BSD project, currently offers 9×5 desktop support for PC-BSD and 24×7 server support for FreeBSD.

For years we had heard complaints that there was no ‘go-to’ place for assistance with FreeBSD related technical issues. We are pleased to now be the primary resource for PC-BSD and FreeBSD technical support

says Matt Olander, Chief Technical Officer for iXsystems.

PC-BSD 1.4RC released

PC-BSD 1.4RC has been released!

Changelog:

  • Fixed many reported bugs from 1.4BETA in the following tools:

- Network Manager
- Xorg Configuration GUI
- Custom partition via Installer
- Xorg configuration now auto-detects DPI

  • Included i18n support with latest translations from Pootle as of 8-28-07
  • Fixed PC-BSD specific tools to now use native languages properly
  • Added HPLIP to support a wider variety of HP hardware (Enabled via services Tool)
  • Added new KDM theme for a nicer login window
  • Fixed bugs with optional packages on CD 2
  • Updated Wine system patches to current versions as of 8-25-07
  • Fixed XML menuing system so Wine apps don’t appear in “lost+found” anymore
  • Fixed up support for PPPoE backend, improving config file generation via GUI
  • Fixed numerous bugs with “upgrading” an existing PC-BSD installation.

- Upgrading now preserves all sym-links created by PBIs
- Upgrading is now faster, and doesn’t need to compress the user home dirs
- Upgrading now properly saves kmenu icons and updates for any new ones.

Mirrors are still syncing at the moment – please check the PC-BSD website for the announcement and the download links