FreeBSD 9.2-RC2 now available

freebsd_logo_textThe FreeBSD Project has announced the second release candidate for FreeBSD 9.2.

From the announcement, the most important changes between -RC1 and -RC2 are:

  • Fix a boot issue caused by some GPT partitioning tools.
  • Fix a regression that caused some PCI disk controllers disappearing during boot.
  • Fix the FTP path used to fetch distribution packages when installing from the bootonly.iso.
  • Fix a regression in sendmail that caused problems between the resolver and Microsoft DNS servers with AAAA lookups.
  • Disable MSIs with Adaptec 2230S and 2820SA (aac(4)).
  • Update FTP mirror list used by bsdinstall(8) and bsdconfig(8).
  • Fix panics caused by early interrupts in igb(4).
  • Fix panics when downing or unloading the mlx(4) driver.

You can check out the announcement for update instructions and download locations.

Following this RC release, the PC-BSD project announced PC-BSD 9.2-RC2. Yes, as you will have guessed, it is based on FreeBSD 9.2-RC2.

As always, BETA and RC versions should only be used for testing and evaluation purposes,  and never in production!

FreeNAS 9.1.0 released

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoiXsystems has announced the availability of FreeNAS 9.1:

“The FreeNAS development team is delighted to announce the general release of FreeNAS 9.1.0. This release offers massive improvements to the usability, extensibility, stability, and performance of FreeNAS. Everything from the web user interface, plugin management system, base operating system, ZFS file system, and even the source control used to manage the project have been substantially improved. “

There are many new features and upgrades in this new release which is based on FreeBSD 9-STABLE, some of which are:

  • User interface overhaul
  • (ZFS) Volume creation wizard
  • New encryption interface
  • Revamped plugin system
  • Multiple jails and jail types
  • Support of PC-BSD PBI packages
  • ZFS feature flags
  • LZ4 compression
  • TRIM support
  • Enhanced failed drive notifications
  • Improved memory use
  • Performance and stability enhancements from the yet unreleased FreeBSD 10
  • Code available on Github

You can download FreeNAS 9.1 from the FreeNAS download page. Make use you select the correct tab as FreeNAS 8.3 is selected by default.

PC-BSD rolling-release updated and 9.2-BETA1 Released

PC-BSD LogoKris Moore has announced new images for PC-BSD 9.1-RELEASE (Isotope Infusion) and PC-BSD 9-STABLE (Based upon FreeBSD 9.2-BETA1)

These releases are among the first in our new “Rolling-Release” model, and will allow you to easily keep your system updated with bi-monthly package set updates along side your regular PBI updates. In addition the images now include support for creating and booting from ZFS boot-environments. Due to the nature of implementing ZFS boot-environments, users on previous installs of 9.1-RELEASE will need to perform a re-installation in order to take advantage of these ZFS features. With the upcoming release of 9.2, currently in BETA, existing users may opt to wait for its release in order to migrate to the newer version. Many additional new features are also listed in the notes below.

Highlights for 9.1-RELEASE

* FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE

* Bootable ZFS Boot Environments
- Using GRUB2, any new ZFS boot-environments created via the “beadm” command will be added to the boot-loader and available at boot-time

* PNGNG support
- In addition to PBIs and the AppCafe, system admins and power users will now have access to a full PKGNG repository with frequent updates

* Switched over to CDN for downloads
- No more having to hunt for a closest mirror, downloads will automatically pull from our CDN service hosted by ScaleEngine

* New version of AppCafe
- New streamlining and PBI management functionality

* GitHub Migration
- All PC-BSD / TrueOS sources are now available via GitHub (https://github.org/pcbsd and https://github.org/trueos)

* Warden Updates
- Support for setting various jail options via the GUI
- Option to create jail “templates” based upon different versions of FreeBSD
- Support for VIMAGE jails
- Jails without any IPV4 or IPV6 address assigned

* Graphical PKGNG manager
- GUI supports basic or advanced mode, which allows full package management / upgrades

* Home directory encryption
- PEFS based encryption, allows users to encrypt their home-directory contents with their login password, which is only unencrypted while logged in

* Boot times improved substantially

Interview with PC-BSD Kris Moore at Texas Linux Fest

pc-bsd logo 100x100Petescan321, a freelance computer technician, had an opportunity to interview Kris Moore, founder of the PC-BSD project, at the recent Texas Linux Fest.

In this short interview they mainly talk about PC-BSD’s package management and window managers.

Kris was asked the following question.

  • Who are you and what do you work in?
  • What are the main advantages of using PC-BSD, especially for someone who comes from a Linux background?
  • It’s different in Linux, where you get a tarball, and then it’s like how do I install it? Yet having everything organized and one way to download it, [is much better].
  • What do you think about the Desktop wars that have been going on lately? Like GNOME 3.
  • So being a rolling release its always up to date. And it’s very stable?
  • Kris Moore: ZFS will change your life. (thanks sg1efc)

Read Kris’ replies in Interview with Kris Moore at Texas Linux Fest

 

PC-BSD Status Update – the future

PC-BSD LogoKris, the PC-BSD founder and lead developer, has set out his plan on the PC-BSD Developers mailinglist for the upcoming version(s) of PC-BSD.

In a nutshell:

  • PKGNG repos will be updated at a set day in the month
  • PC-BSD will come with the GRUB bootloader
  • ZFS is going to be the cornerstone of PC-BSD
  • PC-BSD is going to be release as 64bit only (drops i386 platform)

make ZFS the cornerstone of the PC-BSD/TrueOS experience. This will bring features such as ZFS “Boot-Environments”, including the ability to boot directly
from them at the boot-loader. [...] Re-focusing on solely on ZFS as our default file-system [...]

… we’ve decided to drop the i386 builds going forward, and instead
focus on a single 64bit architecture.

I understand Kris reasons for moving on (ZFS, 64bit only), but I can see that a number of current PC-BSD users with slower and/or i386 systems will feel left behind.

Will this affect you?

PC-BSD Hardware Store Opened

PC-BSD LogoJosh Smith has announced the initial launch of the PC-BSD hardware store. This resource is meant to make it easier to find hardware that has been tested to work on PC-BSD.

FreeBSD and PC-BSD are known to be quite particular with regards to hardware support, but now you can check or buy via the PC-BSD store hardware that is known to be working on PC-BSD, and therefore also on FreeBSD. Obviously you can always check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes that come out with each release, e.g. FreeBSD 10 Current9.0, 9.1 or 8.3.

So, if you want to make sure that your hardware is supported by PC-BSD or FreeBSD check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes, PC-BSD wiki hardware section or the PC-BSD Hardware Store. (via)

BSDTalk interview with Kris Moore (PC-BSD)

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 12 minutes interview with Kris Moore (BSDTalk225) about PC-BSD, recorded at BSDCan 2013. Listen to the podcast as MP3 or OGG.

Previous interviews with Kris Moore can be found here:

PC-BSD, a friendly first-time contributor project

IT World has identified 7 open source projects that are friendly to the first-time contributor to get their teeth in.

Apart from LibreOffice, PostgreSQL and Ubuntu, IT World also shortlists PC-BSD:

PC-BSD Logo

“If Ubuntu sounds interesting, but you want something a little off the beaten path, Dru Lavigne, Director of Community Development at iXsystems, recommends PC-BSD. Based on FreeBSD (which is based on BSD UNIX), PC-BSD is a relatively young desktop operating system funded by iXsystems.

Lavigne says that the PC-BSD Users Handbook makes it easy to get up to speed.

“A whole chapter of the User Handbook is dedicated to the various ways one can get started contributing to the project,”

she says. If documentation is your thing, simply create a wiki account, and get started.

“Editors review and discuss changes to help the writer clearly explain the concepts they are writing about,”

Lavigne explains.

If you’re not ready to dive right in to PC-BSD yet, the forums and IRC channel can help you get familiar with the project community.

“The project and its regular contributors work hard to keep the atmosphere friendly, nip inappropriate behaviour in the bud, and provide an area where users are comfortable helping each other,”

Lavigne says.”

It’s great to see PC-BSD shortlisted. Read the whole article here:

7 open source projects to cut your teeth on (and the ones to avoid) (itworld)