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The following features or enhancements were introduced in PC-BSD® 10.0:
- Based on FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE which adds this list of features and supported hardware. This includes improved video and wireless support.
- Support for detecting AMD/Intel and NVIDIA/Intel hybrid laptops has been added, allowing X to be started on the secondary Intel chipset.
- The rolling update model for keeping packages up-to-date has been fine-tuned to allow for two different profiles. If the system is set to "Production" (the default), packages are updated quarterly. If the system is set to "Edge", new packages are available for testing approximately every two weeks. The profile can be changed in the Misc tab of System Manager.
- The installation ISO can now be written to either a DVD or a USB removable drive. This means that only one file needs to be downloaded, regardless of the installation media.
- A text based installer has been added. When booting into the installer, the initial boot menu can be used to select either the graphical or the text installer.
- Due to size limitations, XBMC/10.0 have been removed from the installation media. It can be installed afterwards using Package Manager/10.0.
- MythTV has been removed due to build problems in the underlying port. A PBI for is available, which provides many more features.
- The Cinnamon/10.0, GNOME3/10.0, and Mate/10.0 desktops have been added. The GNOME2 desktop has been removed as MATE is its functional replacement.
- The installer now provides an option to install to an SSD device and will automatically disable swap and the ZFS atime option for SSD installations.
- The installer now supports stamping the boot disk with the GRUB2 boot loader, the FreeBSD boot loader, or no boot loader. Note that the default of GRUB2 is needed in order to use boot environments.
- New options have been added to pc-metapkgmanager to list only installed meta-packages and to list a meta-packages dependencies.
- PBIs are now built using packages instead of ports which significantly reduces the time needed to build PBIs and a local copy of the ports tree is no longer required in order to create new PBI modules. The screens in EasyPBI2/10.0 have been modified to reflect these changes.
- The PC-BSD® Display Manager (PCDM) is now the login manager. This BSD-licensed program was developed to support multiple desktops, keyboard layouts, and localization. GDM Manager has been replaced by Login Manager/10.0 which is now used to configure automatic logins.
- Update Center/10.0 has been added to Control Panel/10.0. This beta utility provides details about updates to system utilities, PBIs, and packages in one place.
- A Disk Manager/10.0 for managing ZFS pools, datasets, and options has been added to Control Panel.
- The Life Preserver/10.0 GUI has been rewritten to make it easier than ever to backup the system and to restore individual files or directories. A time slider tab makes it easy to browse for earlier versions of files. A classic backups option has been added to make it easy to create a tarball of a selected user's home directory.