[PC-BSD Testing] 8.0 ALPHA for your inspection

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Sat Sep 5 07:38:17 PDT 2009


We've gotten a PC-BSD 8.0 ALPHA ISO to the point where the brave can begin to take a look at some of it's
new features, and test out the new FreeBSD 8 on your hardware. This release is for 32bit only, after FreeBSD 8.0
is released we'll begin the amd64 builds as well. Also, we have not begun to build the PBI tree for 8.0, and will
do so after FreeBSD 8.0 releases. However, you can still install 7.x PBIs on 8.0, but they may not all
perform properly.


This is obviously a very early alpha build, so expect plenty of bugs and missing features. This is mainly
a release for previewing what's to come, we will begin a more serious bug hunt after we finish implementing all
the new features for 8.0.


Download Link:


(You may wish to use a FTP client that supports resuming for this download)

-- Changes implemented already --

* Built on FreeBSD 8.0-BETA2

* Includes KDE 4.3.1 / QT 4.5.2

* ISO Changes
   - Support for running in Installation or LIVE mode to try out PC-BSD straight from disk

* New Software Manager
   - Web-based software browser
   - Download & Install PBIs in the background
   - Background updating of PBIs
   - Mirror Selection / Customization options
   - Automated system update installation
   - Re-create desktop icons for applications

* PBI Improvements
   - Using xdg-desktop* utilities for mime / kmenu icon installation
   - Scripts to re-create desktop / kmenu / mime icons anytime after installation

-- Changes still needing to be merged in --

* Brand new System Installer
   - Supports installing PC-BSD Desktop/Server and FreeBSD Vanilla
   - Supports scriptable installation

* Backup / Recovery tool

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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