BSD News 10/14/13

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Releases: PC-BSD, FreeBSD
Other news: Code recap,  FreeBSD Foundation, AsiaBSDCon, DragonFly BSD, BSDnow

New series on PC-BSD 9.2!
Trying out PC-BSD 9.2: Intro
Trying out PC-BSD 9.2: First login, Networking, Crash



The PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images images are now available for download. Users already running an earlier 9.2 image can now online update to the latest world / kernel / packages via the system updating mechanisms. Users running 9.1-RELEASE or earlier, please read the UPGRADING section below.
9.2-RELEASE Highlights
* Based on FreeBSD 9.2-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.
* Re-written Life-Preserver utility: allows you to instantly create ZFS snapshots, restore files, and replicate data to a remote system or mirror to an additional local disk drive.
* Updated installer allows restoring the entire system from a replicated ZFS backup.
* New Boot Manager GUI: allows managing ZFS boot-environments and GRUB menus in a single location.
* 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 as downloads will automatically pull from our CDN service hosted by ScaleEngine.
* New version of AppCafe with new streamlining and PBI management functionality.
* GitHub migration: all PC-BSD / TrueOS sources are now available via GitHub ( and ).
* 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 Package 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
* Binary “freebsd-update” server implemented allowing updates to different PC-BSD branches without re-compiling.

FreeBSD 10.0-ALPHA5 Available 

Glen Barber has announced the availability of the next ALPHA in the 10.0 series:

The fifth ALPHA build of the 10.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. ISO images and, for architectures that support it, memory stick images are available here.

Changes between -ALPHA4 and -ALPHA5 include:
  • Removal of BIND from the base system; replacements may be found within the Ports Collection.
  • Bug fix introduced with the latest infiniband update.
  • The GNU ar(1) and ranlib(1) have been removed from the base system.
  • Bug fixes and updates to the base llvm.
  • Various bhyve enhancements.
  • Various XEN enhancements.

Other news

EuroBSDCon Trip Report: Marius Strobl 

EuroBSDCon was recently held in Malta. The first trip report is from Marius Strobl. 

Code stuff
In Other BSDs for 2013/10/12
FreeBSD Family Code Commits – Week 40
PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest

AsiaBSDCon 2014

Hiroki Sato has announced the dates and Call for Papers for AsiaBSDCon 2014:

I would like to announce AsiaBSDCon in the next year, 13-16 March 2014 in Tokyo.  Details are here  and the CFP can is here.

Papers, videos, and photos of the past AsiaBSDCon can also be found on the website. 2013's photos and videos are still not ready at this moment but will be added soon.  The venue of AsiaBSDCon 2014 will be the same as the past ones.

In the first two days, a DevSummit and vendor session are planned.  The details will be updated in this wiki page.

The paper submission deadline is November 29, 2013.  Please spread this to your friends in BSD communities and encourage them to attend (and write a paper).  Thank you!

BSDNow episode 6

DragonFly BSD: Radeon KMS driver added 

The Radeon KMS driver from FreeBSD has been imported to DragonFly by Francois Tigeot.  It still has problems with ttm, but don’t let that stop you from taking advantage of it.

Did I forget some important news? Let the others know in comments!


Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover