What's New in 10.0.2/10.1

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The following features or enhancements were introduced for PC-BSD® 10.0.2:

  • Based on FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE-p6.
  • Major software versions include: Samba 4.1.7, KDE 4.12.5, GNOME 3.12, Cinnamon 2.2.3, and PulseAudio 5.0.
  • Vagrant has been added to the base system.
  • The customized version of GRUB used by PC-BSD® has been ported to sysutils/grub2-pcbsd, which includes enhancements and bug fixes needed for ZFS and boot environments.
  • The PBI system has been updated to PBIng. This blog post provides an overview of the new design.
  • PC-BSD® now automatically creates a boot environment before applying a system update or upgrading the operating system using Update Manager or before upgrading any software using AppCafe®.
  • LZ4 compression is now disabled on the ZFS root dataset.
  • Lumina, a BSD-licensed desktop, has been added. This blog post provides an overview of the design of this desktop.
  • The “GNOME” desktop option in the installer and in AppCafe® installs both GNOME2 and GNOME3. During login, the user can select “GNOME Classic” to log into GNOME2 and “GNOME” to log into GNOME3.
  • The installer now includes an emergency shell icon for easy access to the System Utilities Menu from within the graphical installer.
  • The XBMC meta-package has been removed from the installer. The "pcbsd-meta-xbmc" package can be installed afterwards using pkg add or as a "raw package" in AppCafe®.
  • The Disk Selection Screen now provides an option to select a cache and a log device during installation.
  • The Disk Selection Screen now provides an installation option to encrypt the disks in the ZFS pool using GELI.
  • The ability to import an existing ZFS pool has been added to the System Utilities menu of the text-based installer.
  • Package Manager and Update Center have been removed from Control Panel as this functionality is now provided in AppCafe®. pc-metapkgmanager has also been removed as packages can be managed using either AppCafe® or pkg.
  • The ability to choose between PRODUCTION and EDGE package sets has been moved from the Misc tab of System Manager to the Configure menu of AppCafe®.
  • Many new features have been added to AppCafe®, including the ability to manage PBIs, packages, and meta-packages in one interface. The information about a highlighted PBI includes screenshots, available plugins, similar applications, and a list of the build options that were used for building the PBI. Each PBI has a user rating and an associated wiki page where users can add their own rating and user tips.
  • The pbi_addrepo, pbi_autobuild, pbi_browser, pbi_create, pbi_deleterepo, pbi_indextool, pbi_listrepo, pbi_makepatch, pbi_makeport, pbi_makerepo, pbi_metatool, pbi_patch, pbi_update, pbi_update_hashdir, and pbid commands are now deprecated and have been removed, along with their associated man pages.
  • The pbi_update_makeindex and pbi_updateindex commands have been added to PBI Manager.
  • EasyPBI2 has been updated to version 2.4.1. This version converts pkgNG packages to the new PBIng format. A new Bulk Module Creator has been added which allows the user to automatically build a PBI module for every package in a category, making it easier to create a custom PBI repository.
  • Boot Manager now has a "Maximum auto-generated boot environments" setting with a default value of 5. Once the configured maximum number of boot environments is reached, PC-BSD® will automatically prune (delete) the oldest automatically created boot environment. However, it will not delete any boot environments you create manually.
  • Login Manager has two new options. One can be used to configure the login time delay and the other to force the login user to type in their username.
  • PC-BSD® now provides full PulseAudio support. The "PulseAudio Configuration" and "PulseAudio Mixer" utilities have been added to Control Panel. In addition, system tray now contains pc-mixer which provides a front-end to mixer, Sound Configuration, and the two PulseAudio utilities.
  • Life Preserver now defaults to “Automatic” which creates a snapshot every 5 minutes, which are kept for an hour, then the hourly is kept for 24 hours, the daily is kept for a month, and the monthly is kept for a year. In addition, if the capacity of the ZFS pool falls below 75%, the oldest snapshot will be auto-pruned.


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