[PC-BSD Announce] 9.2-RELEASE now available!

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Mon Oct 7 07:55:57 PDT 2013


The PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images images are now online! 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. 


Download it now
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DVD and USB images are now available for download at the location below:

http://iso.cdn.pcbsd.org/9.2-RELEASE/amd64/


9.2-RELEASE highlights
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* 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, will allow 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 'pc-bootcfg' 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, 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.com/pcbsd and  https://github.com/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


* Binary "freebsd-update" server implemented allowing updates to different PC-BSD branches without re-compiling


UPGRADING
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Users who are still running the original 9.1-RELEASE from January 2013 or earlier version, will need to backup their user data and install 9.2-RELEASE fresh to take advantage of the new ZFS features / Boot-Environment support for 9.2. 

Users who are running a 9.1-Rolling-Release may online-update to 9.2 via the system update manager. If the update fails to install, please be sure that your system packages are up to date before trying again. (Control Panel -> Package Manager -> Updates)

!!! WARNING !!!
As with any major system upgrade, please be sure to backup critical data beforehand. 


Get Involved
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Want to help out the PC-BSD project? Discuss a feature or part of the system? You can do so by joining us on our Forums! PC-BSD welcomes new contributors, testers, or simply feedback on how a particular piece of hardware works with BSD. 

http://forums.pcbsd.org <http://forums.pcbsd.org/>


Reporting Issues
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Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our
Trac database:

http://trac.pcbsd.org/


-- 
Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software
iXsystems

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