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Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
    1. Goals and Features
    2. What's New in 9.2
    3. PC-BSD® Releases
    4. PC-BSD® for Linux Users
  2. Pre-Installation Tasks
    1. Hardware Requirements
    2. Laptops
      1. blah test
      2. foo test
        1. bar test
    3. Partitioning the Hard Drive
    4. Obtaining PC-BSD®
    5. Burning the Installation Media
    6. PC-BSD® Live Mode
    7. Using VirtualBox
  3. Installing PC-BSD®
3.1 Starting the PC-BSD® Installation
3.2 Language Selection Screen
3.3 System Selection Screen
3.4 Disk Selection Screen
3.5 Installation Progress Screen
3.6 Installation Finished Screen

4. Post Installation Configuration and Installation Troubleshooting

4.1 Booting Into PC-BSD®
4.2 Language Screen
4.3 Time Zone Selection Screen
4.4 Set Root Password Screen
4.5 Create a User Screen
4.6 Connect to a Wireless Network
4.7 Post Install Finished Screen
4.8 Logging In
4.9 Installation Troubleshooting

5. Advanced Installation Topics

5.1 Install a Server
5.2 Convert a FreeBSD System to PC-BSD®
5.3 Using a Rolling Release
5.4 Dual Booting
5.5 Creating an Automated Installation with pc-sysinstall

6. Desktops

6.1 GNOME2
6.2 KDE4
6.3 LXDE
6.4 XFCE4
6.5 Awesome
6.6 Fluxbox
6.7 FVWM
6.8 i3
6.9 IceWM
6.10 Openbox
6.11 Ratpoison
6.12 spectrwm
6.13 WindowLab
6.14 Window Maker

7. Installing Applications and Keeping Up-to-Date

7.1 AppCafe®
7.2 Package Manager
7.3 Update Manager
7.4 PBI Manager
7.5 pkgng and pc-metapkgmanager
7.6 pc-updatemanager

8. Control Panel

8.1 EasyPBI2
8.2 About
8.3 Active Directory & LDAP
8.4 Boot Manager
8.5 Hardware Compatibility
8.6 GDM Manager
8.7 Service Manager
8.8 System Manager
8.9 User Manager
8.10 Bluetooth Manager
8.11 Mount Tray
8.12 Sound Configuration
8.13 Display
8.14 Printing
8.15 Scanner
8.16 Network Configuration
8.17 Firewall Manager
8.18 Adobe Flash Player preferences
8.19 Life Preserver
8.20 PC-BSD® Bug Reporting
8.21 Warden®

9. Using PC-BSD®

9.1 Java, Flash, and Fonts
9.2 Multimedia
9.3 Files and File Sharing
9.4 MythTV
9.5 XBMC
9.6 Windows Emulation
9.7 Remote Desktop
9.8 Thin Client
9.9 Security
9.10 Accessibility
9.11 Create Your Own PBI Repository

10. Finding Help

10.1 PC-BSD® Forums
10.2 IRC Channel
10.3 Mailing Lists
10.4 FreeBSD Handbook and FAQ
10.5 Social Media
10.6 Search and Portals
10.7 Other Resources

11. Supporting PC-BSD®

11.1 Become a Beta Tester
11.2 Become a Translator
11.3 Become a Developer
11.4 Report Bugs
11.5 Submit PBI Requests
11.6 Test PBIs
11.7 Create PBIs
11.8 Purchase PC-BSD® Swag
11.9 Become an Advocate

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Post Installation Configuration and Installation Troubleshooting

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  • Secure environment: PC-BSD® provides a pre-configured PF firewall[1], brute-force attack protection with OSSEC[2], and a Host-based Intrusion Detection System with Fail2ban[3].

  • Easy system administration: PC-BSD® provides a Control Panel containing many graphical tools for performing system administration tasks.

  • Professional support: professional email and phone support is available from iXsystems[4].


  1. http://www.openbsd.org/faq/pf/
  2. http://www.ossec.net/
  3. http://www.fail2ban.org/wiki/
  4. https://www.ixsystems.com/ix/support/software/pc-bsd-support

New Features / Tools planned for 9.0

Feature Owner Skills Status Completion Date
Allow selecting desktop / optional components at install (KDE/Gnome/XFCE4/Development/Games/Etc) kmoore DONE
Update Software Manager to allow changing optional components on the fly kmoore DONE
Create GUI front-end to new PBI9 format files / pbi-manager kmoore DONE
Allow file-system selection when doing auto-partitioning. kmoore DONE
Make UFS+SUJ the default file-system? kmoore DONE
Merge keyboard layout / timezone / language into single installer page kmoore DONE
Don't make "free space" a selectable option during install, require user to create partition first QT4 - current/src-qt4/pc-sysinstaller DONE
Convert all remaining apps which use KDE API to pure QT4 only. kmoore DONE
Allow specifying the hostname for installed system via the GUI QT4 - current/src-qt4/pc-sysinstaller DONE
Provide option in network manager to disable lagg0 device kmoore QT4 - current/src-qt4/pc-netmanager DONE
Create new PC-BSD specific configuration GUI, which provides access to all other config tools, ala system-settings kmoore QT4 DONE
Create 9.0 Handbook and include offline version with release dru IN PROGRESS
Write manpages for webcamd drivers dru DONE
Geli set passphrase via CLI jpaetzel DONE
Touchscreen drivers mav / kmoore DONE


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