[PC-BSD Testing] Alpha 8.0-12062009 is available!

Arthur Koziol A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Mon Dec 7 07:26:31 PST 2009


Just installed it on my work abuse box and one thing already jumped out 
at me and I'm wondering if someone else can try and confirm / replicate 

Open InfoCenter, click on USB Devices. Does it take a crap on you...I 
mean, segfault? Wonder if this is due to the newer USB stack and how KDE 
queries it (or not)? Will kick the tires a bit more later today.

> Hey everybody, sorry for such a long period between alphas, but
> hopefully it'll be worth it :)
> I've just finished uploading alpha 12062009 DVD's to the ftp site:
> ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/alpha-iso/
> Here's some of the notable changes:
> * FreeBSD 8.0-Release
> * Nvidia 195.22 drivers for both 32 / 64bit
> * KDE 4.3.4
> * Brand new SysInstaller
>    - New look n' feel
>    - New backend, much more powerful, scriptable, etc
>    - Support for a wider variety of file-system layouts
>    - Ability to change / try different keyboard layouts
>    - Install either PC-BSD or FreeBSD from the same disk
>    - Using glabel on file-systems to prevent issues with device renaming
>    (BTW - Special thanks to Ken Kasina for working so hard on the new
> SysInstaller UI! )
> * Improved splash graphics, theme data (Thanks James!)
> * Fixed KDE printer tool in system settings
> * Added new tool "System ->  Life Preserver", which allows backing up the
> system to a remote ssh + rsync system
> With this alpha, we are about to the point of being "feature-complete"
> for 8.0, and I'm looking to moving us to a public beta release in the
> next week or two. So lets make good use of the time, and try to find /
> fix as many bugs as possible. Remember to be specific with your report
> :) Once we go to beta, we'll start offering the USB / CD image, along
> with network install support.
> This is the first public release using our new System Installer backend
> &  frontend, so I'm expecting to run into bugs since we only have a
> limited number of systems on which to test it. Should you run into a
> failure during the install, please take the following steps so I can
> resolve it:
> 1. Right click on the desktop and open "xterm"
> 2. Tail the file /tmp/.pc-sysinstall/pc-sysinstall.log, and send me that
> info for debugging
> 3. Also send a copy of /tmp/sys-install.cfg if possible, so I can see
> how you attempted to setup your system
> After installation the /etc/fstab file isn't tabbed properly, will be
> fixing this soon
> PBIs for PC-BSD 7.x may not fully uninstall properly right now, please
> try to only install
> PBIs built for 8.x from the following sites:
> http://pbibuild64.pcbsd.org/index.php?ver=8<- 64bit
> http://pbibuild.pcbsd.org/index.php?ver=8<- 32bit

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