PC-BSD 10 now available

PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE is now available for download!

10.0-RELEASE notable features

  • Includes FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate (Replaces Gnome2) and Cinnamon

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PC-BSD 9.2 Beta 2 available for testing – I just installed it

PC-BSD 9.2 Beta 2 is available for testing and I just installed it. This is probably the best desktop OS that is not Windows, Mac, or Linux.

The installer was already a nice easy GUI, so I didn’t expect many changes and it is still nice and easy to use, and just works.

The installer does present new features about PC-BSD 9.2, in that you can choose from a list of Desktop Managers. Before KDE was it during install and if you wanted something else, you could change it later, but now you have a nice list of GNOME, KDE, and others.

I chose KDE because I usually use KDE or Fluxbox and when I have plenty of system power, I go with KDE and this system is on a beefy VM.

I did miss seeing Firefox as an installable application during install? Not a big deal, as I will install it later…but I was used to it being there.

The install went flawlessly.

Setting up the Video Card still is a screen. It would be best to have it just work and not even have the screen at all. But it still prompts me and I still have to do it. I would like it to detect that I am on VMWare and just install the VMWare video driver for me or if I am on hardware, just install the driver I need.

There is a nice “tip” screen post login.

Branding is very important! AppCafe is probably one of the first times I have ever seen PC-BSD really do something that I consider a good brand. I have an opinion that the PC-BSD, which is 5 letters where you just say the letters name like an acronym, is a horrible brand and should be changed as soon as possible. However, AppCafe is great. It goes with the whole App Store idea that is trendy currently. Good move!

I quickly found Firefox and Chrome in the AppCafe. The search feature is great, otherwise they were under the “Web” group. I was curious as to why Firefox was still version 4.0.1 as Firefox is on 6.x now. The one downside is that I would really like Firefox to load a lot faster.

Flash…Yes, it works with a beta note: In previous versions, flash has worked perfectly, and it will in the next release too. However, turns out that this beta has a bug where you have to run a command to enable flash…oops. That is why we have betas. Expect this to work in the final release as Flash has worked out of the box now for multiple releases.

For KDE, After installation, App icons are placed in a desktop folder, that is a transparent box on the screen, giving the system a sense of “flashiness”.

A lot of the default Apps that were installed, such as K3B, a DVD/CD burning software, and a video player and music player are all there.

I am probably going to install a GNOME only version as well and give it a look.

I was the 200th person to like the FreeBSD Foundation Facebook page

I was the 200th person to like the FreeBSD Foundation Facebook page.

The FreeBSD Foundation helps collect donations and fund projects to improve FreeBSD.

If you have the ability to contribute, you should. I realized I hadn’t contributed since last year, so I went ahead and donate a meager sum this year.

The FreeBSD needs a lot more than 200 people liking it and a lot more people donating.

Updating the PC-BSD Ports Jail network settings when the system runs dhclient

I have been running the PB-BSD 8.2 and switching between work and home networks.

I have figured out that I have to run these commands when I want to switch over to use wireless:

sudo wpa_cli reassociate
sudo route flush
dhclient wlan0

When switching back to Ethernet, I have use these two commands:

sudo route flush
sudo dhclient em0

I thought I was done listing the commands that must be run, until I realized that the above commands didn’t change the /etc/resolv.conf in my Ports Jail.

Question: What network settings need updating in the Ports Jail.
Answer: The Ports Jail uses the systems IP Address and Default Route, so only the /etc/resolv.conf needs updated and it appears to be a copy of the system’s /etc/resolv.conf

So I just have to update /etc/resolv.conf and that is all.


Well, one solution is to run another command that just copies the system’s /etc/resolv.conf to the Port Jail.

# cp /etc/resolv.conf /usr/jails/portjail/etc/resolv.conf

But a better solution is to get dhclient to run this command for us. This can be done with the dhclient-exit-hooks.

Step 1 – Create the dhclient-exit-hooks file and make it executable

sudo touch /etc/dhclient-exit-hooks
chmod +x /etc/dhclient-exit-hooks

Step 2 – Enter the function into the /etc/dhclient-exit-hooks to run copy command when dhclient exists

cp /etc/resolv.conf /usr/jails/portjail/etc/resolv.conf

Now when you run dhclient, you will also get a new /etc/resolv.conf in your Ports Jail.

How I’ve been using the PC-BSD Ports Jail

So, when you install using ports, there is a lot of software you may not really want that gets installed. Are you familiar with the term build dependency.  This is software, usually a library or scripting language, that is required for a software to compile from source, but is not needed at run time.  When you always install from ports, your system will eventually have most or all the common build dependencies installed.  Really the only dependencies you need are run-time dependencies.  These dependencies make up the software that must be installed for the desired port to actually function.

Here is what I do:

  1. Install ports both in the jail and on my system pretty much at the same time with the same command, just in the different consoles.
    # portsnap fetch update
  2. Compile the port in the jail.  This will build and install everything in the jail, including the build dependencies and run time dependencies and of course the port itself.
    # cd /usr/ports/<group>/<port>
    # make install
  3. Sync the system’s ports tree with the jail’s ports tree using rsync.
    # rsync -av /usr/jails/portjail/usr/ports/ /usr/ports
  4. Install the port in the regular system.  This only installs the run time dependencies and the port itself.
    # cd /usr/ports/<group>/<port>
    # make reinstall

This seems to work, and I don’t get all the build dependencies installed. Plus the rsync command is pretty quick.

I wonder if this is how the PC-BSD team uses it too?