[PC-BSD Dev] Fwd: Re: RC3 Release notes draft

Joshua Smith joshms at pcbsd.org
Fri Nov 16 07:32:31 PST 2012

The RC3 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 are now available for i386 
and amd64 architectures!

This release candidate provides both users and developers a means to 
test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot 
may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it 
only on non-critical systems.

Notable changes since the previous release candidate

* PC-BSD handbook has been updated for 9.1
* Fixed bug where some keyboard layouts were not being displayed
* Multiple functionality and stability improvements for EasyPBI
* Multiple functionality and stability improvements for TrueOS
* New functionality improvements including better detection added to the 
* Fixed bug where default mount points were not being set correctly 
using ZFS mirror/raidz mode
* Fixed bug where update manager was not displaying the proper error 
text when failing
* Added new ability to create ZFS datasets for jail environments
* Added UK wireless channel 12 support
* Fixed bug where Linux jails were not importing properly
* Mirrors are now auto detected and set based upon location
* Automatic ZFS 4K blocksize enabled by default
* System manager should now show the correct dialog for "default" 
auto-detected mirrors.

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1-Release

* FreeBSD 9.1
* KDE 4.9.2
* New system installer! Greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
* New "PC-BSD Server" installation option. Includes command-line
utilities like pbi-manager, warden, metapkgmanager and more.
* Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
* Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
* Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as
compression, noexec, etc.
* Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails 
via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
* Support for Warden to create Linux Jails
* New "Sound Configuration GUI"
* New "Hardware compatibility" GUI
* First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
* New Bluetooth pairing tray / GUI utilities.
* New AppCafe improvements and preferences
* Improvements to wifi utility
* Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
* Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities
* Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.
* ZFS beadm support
* And much more!


* If you wish to update from 9.0 to RC3 you may do so by editing the 
"/usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf" file and 
changing the PATCHSET: variable to "pcbsdtest".

After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to 
download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, 
the online update to the RC3 version will appear.

The DVD & USB images are available via the PC-BSD mirrors. You may
select the mirror and files from the URL below:


Josh Smith
PC-BSD Software

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