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The following features have been added to or improved for PC-BSD 9.0:
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The following features have been added to or improved for PC-BSD® 9.1:
  
* the ability to choose from 11 [[Desktops | desktop managers]] during and after intallation
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* Based on FreeBSD 9.1, which includes improved Intel video support. The {{Citelink|url=http://www.freebsd.org/releases/9.1R/relnotes.html|txt=Release Notes for FreeBSD 9.1}} list the new features and drivers introduced in FreeBSD 9.1.  URL DOES NOT EXIST YET
* PBIs are no longer self-contained and now safely share libraries using a hash database; this feature reduces their download size significantly
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* PBI upgrades are now incremental, meaning that only the changed files need to be downloaded
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* 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.
* Software Manager has been improved and is now known as [[Using AppCafe™ | AppCafe™]]
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* the [[PBI Manager | PBI system]] has been rewritten to allow for scriptable, command line utilities
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* 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®.
* a PC-BSD [[Control Panel]] has been added which provides access to the PC-BSD configuration options, regardless of the desktop manager one is logged into
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* configuration utilities from 4 different desktop managers can be added to Control Panel, even when not logged into that desktop manager
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* The PC-BSD® installer now provides a [[Install a Server | wizard to install either a vanilla FreeBSD server or a TrueOS server]]. In addition to the base FreeBSD system provided by a vanilla FreeBSD server installation, the TrueOS server edition adds the command line versions of [[PBI Manager]], [[Update Manager]], and [[Warden®]].
* [[Update Manager]] has been rewritten and now allows one to upgrade the operating system, PBIs and software installed with the operating system, to apply security patches, and rebuild the kernel or world
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* a wireless configuration tool has been added to the system tray which shows all available networks and provides a quick connect option
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* The ability to perform a network install has been removed from the graphical installer. The [[Creating an Automated Installation with pc-sysinstall | scriptable back-end]] still provides the variables needed for network installations.
* [[Life Preserver]] has been improved, making it easier than ever to manage backups
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* a [[Display | Display Manager]] is now included with Control Panel
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* 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.
* you can install [[MythTV]] or [[XBMC]] during or after installation
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* touchscreen drivers are included and will automatically detect touch screens on laptops
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* [[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.
* the '''amountd''' script automatically detects USB devices for desktop managers that don't support devd
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* the ability to install directly to Mac OS X BootCamp partitions has been added
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* [[Warden®]] is now built into the operating system and available through Control Panel. It can now be used to manage multiple jails.
* PC-BSD configuration utilities are single-instance, meaning that you can't inadvertently end up with multiple open copies of the same application
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* 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.
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* Warden® now supports the management of ZFS snapshots on a per-jail basis.
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* [[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.
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* [[Using AppCafe® | AppCafe®]] now shows the number of available PBIs and supports automatic updating.
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* [[EasyPBI]] is now available through Control Panel, making it easier than ever to convert existing FreeBSD ports to PC-BSD® PBIs.
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* 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.
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* An [[Active Directory & LDAP]] GUI has been added to Control Panel, allowing you to set the client information for connecting to Active Directory servers.
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* A [[Hardware Compatibility]] icon has been added to the control panel, providing a quick overview of detected hardware devices.
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* The [[GDM Configuration]] GUI has been added to Control Panel and can be used to configure auto-login and remote login through XDMCP.
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* A [[Mount Tray]] icon has been added to the Control Panel and System Tray, allowing easy access to USB drives.
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* A [[Sound Configuration]] icon has been added to the Control Panel and can be used to test sound or change the default audio device.
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* [[Network Configuration]] manager now supports 802.1x authentication over Ethernet networks.
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* [[Life Preserver]] now provides a browse button when creating an include or exclude filter.
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* [[Thin Client]] now allows you to create a PXE Boot Desktop Server or a PXE Boot Installation Server.
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* [[Bluetooth Manager]] has been added to the System Tray.
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* [[PC-BSD® Live Mode]] is now a USB-only, read/write image.
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* When ZFS formatting during installation, {{Citelink|url=http://ivoras.net/blog/tree/2011-01-01.freebsd-on-4k-sector-drives.html|txt=gnop 4K alignment}} 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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Revision as of 15:56, 3 December 2012

(Sorry for the inconvenience)

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. URL DOES NOT EXIST YET
  • 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.

References


  1. http://www.freebsd.org/releases/9.1R/relnotes.html
  2. http://ivoras.net/blog/tree/2011-01-01.freebsd-on-4k-sector-drives.html
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