[PC-BSD Testing] PC-BSD 9.1-RC2 - Now available!

Joshua Smith joshms at pcbsd.org
Wed Oct 10 15:47:07 PDT 2012

The RC2 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.

Changes since the previous release candidate

* Fixed multiple bugs where mice freeze or behave incorrectly.
* Fixed language selection to be displayed as native language.
* Compatibility improvements for PS2 mice.
* Fixed time-out issues with External DVD Drive / USB Drives.
* Updated system proxy paths and functionality.
* Updated sound detection functionality.
* Added mp3 / ogg encoders to CD rippers.
* Added detection for NVIDIA Optimus systems.
* Added options for cups-base, to fix an issue with many printers printing blank pages
when using ghostscript for pdftops conversion.
* Improved sys-manager to only update ports tree if it already is checked out.
* Improvements to the wardens functionality and stability.  Improved jail importing functionality.
* Added "Update All" button for AppCafe.
* Graphical enhancements for EasyPBI.

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1-Release

* FreeBSD 9.1
* KDE 4.8.4
* 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 RC2 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 RC2 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:


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