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Preface Introduction

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Goals and Features
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Goals and Features


The following features have been added to or improved for PC-BSD® 9.1:

  • Based on FreeBSD 9.1, which includes improved Intel video support. The Release Notes for FreeBSD 9.1[1] list the new features and drivers introduced in FreeBSD 9.1.
  • The PC-BSD® installer has been revamped to separate pre-installation tasks from post-installation tasks. This makes it easier to automate the roll-out of multiple installations because the end-user can configure their account information and display settings before logging in for the first time.
  • The PC-BSD® installer now sets its default settings according to the hardware installed. 64-bit systems containing over 2GB of RAM will default to the ZFS filesystem whereas 32-bit systems and any system containing less than 2GB of RAM will default to UFS+SUJ. Systems containing more than 2GB of RAM will default to the KDE desktop and all other systems will default to the LXDE desktop. A hardware compatibility icon within the installer allows the user to see at a glance if their video card, Ethernet card, wireless card, and sound card are compatible with PC-BSD®.
  • The ability to perform a network install has been removed from the graphical installer. The scriptable back-end still provides the variables needed for network installations.
  • The ZFS section of the PC-BSD® installer now allows you to set ZFS properties such as compression and quotas, create datasets, and import existing ZFS pools.
  • Multiple Boot Environments support allows systems formatted with ZFS to create alternate bootable snapshots. These can be used for testing purposes or to create a bootable backup of the boot environment before performing an upgrade.
  • Warden® is now built into the operating system and available through Control Panel. It can now be used to manage multiple jails.
  • Warden® now supports the creation of three types of jails: traditional FreeBSD jails for running network services, (a less secure) ports jail for safely installing and running FreeBSD ports/packages from your PC-BSD® system, and the installation of Linux within a jail.
  • Warden® now supports the management of ZFS snapshots on a per-jail basis.
  • Update Manager has been integrated into Warden®. Combined with the meta-package support, it is now easier than ever to install software into a jail and to keep that software up-to-date.
  • AppCafe® now shows the number of available PBIs and supports automatic updating.
  • EasyPBI is now available through Control Panel, making it easier than ever to convert existing FreeBSD ports to PC-BSD® PBIs.
  • An About icon has been added to the Control Panel, making it easy to determine the PC-BSD® version, which desktops, and the version of X that have been installed.
  • An Active Directory & LDAP GUI has been added to Control Panel, allowing you to set the client information for connecting to Active Directory servers.
  • A Hardware Compatibility icon has been added to the control panel, providing a quick overview of detected hardware devices.
  • The GDM Configuration GUI has been added to Control Panel and can be used to configure auto-login and remote login through XDMCP.
  • A Mount Tray icon has been added to the Control Panel and System Tray, allowing easy access to USB drives.
  • A Sound Configuration icon has been added to the Control Panel and can be used to test sound or change the default audio device.
  • Life Preserver now provides a browse button when creating an include or exclude filter.
  • Thin Client now allows you to create a PXE Boot Desktop Server or a PXE Boot Installation Server.
  • When ZFS formatting during installation, gnop 4K alignment[2] is now used when creating the zpool. This results in a dramatic increase in performance. For this reason, it is recommended that users with existing ZFS installations re-install rather than upgrade in order to receive these performance benefits.



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PC-BSD® Releases
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PC-BSD® Releases


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Release (10.0)
PC-BSD® for Linux Users
Upcoming (10.1)
PC-BSD® for Linux UsersPre-Installation Tasks

Migrating to PC-BSD

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Hardware Requirements
Upcoming (10.1)
Hardware RequirementsHardware Compatibility

Laptops Partitioning the Hard Drive

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Release (10.0)
Obtaining PC-BSD®
Upcoming (10.1)
Obtaining PC-BSD®Burning the Installation Media
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Release (10.0)
PC-BSD® Live Mode

(Sorry, this does not exist for 10.1)Using VirtualBox

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Installing PC-BSD®
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Installing PC-BSD®


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Starting the PC-BSD® Installation

(Sorry, this does not exist for 10.1)Language Selection Screen

The next screen, seen in Figure 3.3a, allows you to change your keyboard model, keyboard layout, and preferred variant. If English is your native language and you are using a basic English keyboard, you can just press Next to accept the defaults.

Otherwise, use the menus to change the default selection(s) to match your keyboard type and language. You can test your changes by typing into the white area at the bottom of the screen, just below the message that indicates you can test your selected settings.

Figure 3.3a: Keyboard Setup Screen Allows you to Select your Keyboard Model, Layout, and Variant

Figure3.3a.jpeg <noinclude.</noinclude> System Selection Screen Disk Selection Screen

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Create a User Screen
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Create a User Screen


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System Selection Screen
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System Selection Screen


The Sources Selection screen, seen in Figure 3.8a, allows advanced users to install FreeBSD source or the FreeBSD ports collection. These can also be installed after installation using the "System Tasks - Advanced Users" section of Control Panel System ManagerTasks.

Figure 3.8a: Sources Selection Screen

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Highlight the FreeBSD component that you would like to install in the "Available" box and click the blue > button to add it to the "Selected" box. If you change your mind, highlight the item in the "Selected" box and click the blue < button. Whatever shows up in the "Selected" box when you click the Next button, will be installed for you.


Installation Summary Screen Installation Progress Screen Installation Finished Screen

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Booting Into PC-BSD®
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Booting Into PC-BSD®Installation Troubleshooting

Advanced Installation Topics

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Install a Server
Upcoming (10.1)
Install a ServerInstall PC-BSD Over a Network

Using a Custom Partition Layout Disk Encryption Dual Booting

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Upgrading PC-BSD®
Upcoming (10.1)
Upgrading PC-BSD®Creating an Automated Installation with pc-sysinstall

Desktops GNOME2 KDE4 LXDE XFCE4 Awesome Fluxbox FVWM IceWM Openbox

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Spectrwm
Upcoming (10.1)
SpectrwmWindow Maker
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Installing Applications and Keeping PC-BSD® Updated
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Installing Applications and Keeping PC-BSD® UpdatedUsing AppCafe™

PBI Manager Update Manager Control Panel Ports Jail Service Manager System Manager User Manager Display Printing Network Configuration Firewall Manager Life Preserver

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Warden®
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Warden®Thin Client
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Using PC-BSD®
Upcoming (10.1)
Using PC-BSD®Java, Flash, and Fonts

Multimedia MythTV XBMC Windows Emulation Files and File Sharing Remote Desktop

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VLC - Possibly would work after installing on both machines?

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Webcamd

use mplayer to access webcam:

mplayer -cache 128 -tv driver=v4l:width=640:height=480:outfmt=i420:device=/dev/video0 -vc rawi420 -vo xv tv://

BBB

Security Finding Help

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PC-BSD® Forums
Upcoming (10.1)
PC-BSD® ForumsIRC Channel

Mailing Lists FreeBSD Handbook and FAQ Social Media Search and Portals Other Resources

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Supporting PC-BSD®
Upcoming (10.1)
Supporting PC-BSD®


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Have you found a bug in PC-BSD®? If so, please take the time to read through this section to ensure that your bug gets reported to the correct group and is resolved in a timely fashion.

First, determine the type of bug that you are encountering. Is it a bug that is preventing you from properly installing and running PC-BSD® (a system bug), or is it an issue with an installed software package such as FireFox (an application bug)?

An application bug can fall into a few different categories.

Application Packaging Bug

The first is a packaging bug, which is when you can not install the application or it simply crashes on startup. Please report these types of bugs by logging into the Bugs Database[3] and creating a new "PBI Packaging" issue. Select/enter the operating system version you are using. Use descriptive words in the "Summary". In the "Description", provide as much detail as possible about the bug, such as:

  • the name of the program
  • a detailed description of the bug, including any error messages and which commands or menus you used to generate the error

If you would like to include a screenshot of the error or a log that includes error messages, check the box "I have files to attach to this ticket" to browse to the location of the attachment. Use the "Preview" button to read through your ticket to make sure that the information is clear to the person who will resolve the issue. When finished, click the "Create ticket" button to submit your bug report.

Application Runtime Bug

An application runtime bug occurs when an application installs and is able to start successfully, but during use, it crashes or exhibits some other type of undesired behavior. An example would be OpenOffice failing to import a type of document properly or a chat client unable to keep a connection to a network.

If you installed the application using AppCafe® and you think that the problem is related to how the PBI was packaged, report the bug on the PBI Discussion Forum[4]. If you suspect that the problem is with the underlying FreeBSD port, you can use FreshPorts.org to determine the email address of the port maintainer. If you do email the port maintainer, indicate the name of the port, any error messages that you receive and how to reproduce the bug, and indicate if you are able to assist the maintainer in testing any patches to the port. Once the port is fixed, let the PBI Discussion Forum know so that the PBI can be rebuilt using the fixed port.

System Driver Bugs

A system bug is any bug which prevents the initial installation of PC-BSD®, or causes issues with hardware. Some examples would be a non-bootable system, failed installation, missing drivers for your hardware, or a non-functional desktop after installation. To report this type of issue please follow the instructions below for your type of system bug.

An example of a system driver bug would be a missing network driver, no sound output, or no disk drives detected. Most of these types of issues are directly related to the FreeBSD base upon which PC-BSD® is built, and are best fixed by discussing them with the FreeBSD team directly. Reporting a bug to FreeBSD can be done using the Send PR[5] page. You should also search the FreeBSD mailing lists as other users may have already discovered the bug or have a work-around for your particular hardware. Below are some of the related mailing lists:

  • ACPI[6]: power management and ACPI development
  • Emulation[7]: place to discuss Linux, VirtualBox, Wine and Linux Flash plugin support
  • USB[9]: USB support and development
  • Xorg[10]: Xorg and video drivers and development

System Installation Bugs

Any bugs encountered during the installation of PC-BSD® should be reported to the Bugs Database[11], with as much detail as possible, including:

  • PC-BSD® version
  • hardware information, disk and partition sizes, amount of RAM and CPU
  • description of any defaults that you changed using the installer's "Customize" button
  • attach a copy of your saved /tmp/pc-sysinstall.log; if you did not save it during the installation, a copy was saved for you to /root/pc-sysinstall.log


Submit PBI Requests Test PBIs

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Purchase PC-BSD® Swag
Upcoming (10.1)
Purchase PC-BSD® Swag



NOTE: In late 2013 PC-BSD switched to a CDN for its file-distribution.

http://iso.cdn.pcbsd.org
http://pkg.cdn.pcbsd.org
http://pbi.cdn.pcbsd.org




PC-BSD® is also distributed as a torrent[12] and you can increase download speeds for other users by seeding, especially during the first two weeks after a new release. If you are new to seeding, read through the GotBSD FAQ[13] first.

The Network-P2P category of AppCafe® provides several torrent utilities including:


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