Using a Rolling Release/9.2

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In February, 2013, PC-BSD® switched to a rolling release model. This is intended to make it easier for users to keep the packages that came with the operating system up-to-date and to make new features available for testing before the next major version is released.

The rolling release model is optional. This means that users can choose to either remain on a RELEASE version or to upgrade to a rolling release. Users that remain on RELEASE will still be notified of security updates and updates to software installed using AppCafe®, however they will not receive updates to the packages installed with the operating system or any new features until they upgrade to the next RELEASE version.

Users who wish to install a version of PC-BSD® which contains the latest operating system software and features can choose to install the latest rolling release instead of the 9.1-RELEASE version.

The rest of this section will demonstrate how to upgrade to a rolling release and how to install a rolling release.

NOTE: The rolling release model is new to PC-BSD® and glitches should be expected. Users who prefer stability over the latest versions of software and who do not wish to test new features should stay on RELEASE. Users who like to have the latest versions of software and who are willing to look for and to report bugs should use the latest rolling release.

Upgrading a 9.1-RELEASE System to a Rolling Release

To upgrade a 9.1-RELEASE system to a rolling release, become the superuser and edit the file /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf. Change this line:

PATCHSET: pcbsd

to

PATCHSET: pcbsdtest

Once the edit is saved, you can use either Update Manager or pc-updatemanager to upgrade to the latest rolling release.

As new rolling releases become available, they will appear in Update Manager. An announcement will also be made to the blog, indicating which features are new in this rolling release and any known caveats. If you find a bug in a rolling release, either leave a comment on the associated blog post or send an email with the details to the testing mailing list.

NOTE: As with any upgrade, always backup your data first. Life Preserver can be used to backup your home directory to another system in your network.

Installing a Rolling Release

To install a rolling release from DVD or USB media, or to try a live USB image, select the desired architecture and media type from this FTP server. Rolling releases will always have a date in the media name and you should choose the most recent date.

Once installed, a rolling release will automatically notify you when a newer rolling release becomes available.


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