[PC-BSD Announce] 9.2-RC3 images available

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Sat Sep 7 05:45:20 PDT 2013

The latest PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images (Based upon FreeBSD 9.2-RC3) images are now online! Users who install this image will then be able to online update to a FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE kernel / world when it is announced. Users already running an earlier 9.2 image can now online update to the latest world / kernel / packages via the system updating mechanisms. 

Download it now

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


Changes since the last ISO

* Updated to FreeBSD 9.2-RC3 world/kernel

* Added ability for installer to restore from a replicated "Life Preserver" ZFS backup
  - Allows you to do a bare-metal restore of a crashed system, or replicate a box to a new disk layout

* Added network manager to installer, which will allow graphical NIC configuration before doing a restore

* Fixed issues with xdg-open not working within KDE4

* Many new enhancements / fixes to the graphical Life-Preserver utility

* Enabled VDE for VirtualBox

* Fixed a number of issues creating user / passwords via the graphical utilities

* Added better VirtualBox detection for mouse-integration

* Corrected a number of issues in preparation for online updates from 9.1 -> 9.2

* When installing to a MBR slice (Such as ada0s2) and not replacing MBR loader, GRUB will be stamped on the slice itself for chain-loading. 

* Added better Chinese fonts (wqy) to the desktop base system

* Fixed an issue with system-updates via the GUI still showing updates to /boot/defaults/loader.conf

* Improved device detection for the Mount Tray utility

* Added automated kernel panic / crash dump reporting

Highlights for the upcoming 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. 

* 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 <https://github.com/pcbsd/> and  https://github.com/trueos <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

* FreeBSD/TrueOS 9.2

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

Get Involved

Want to help out the PC-BSD project? Found a bug you need to report? 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/> 

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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