What's New/9.2

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The following features have been added to or improved for PC-BSD® 9.2:

  • Based on FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE which adds this [NO URL YET list of features].
  • PC-BSD® is now only available on 64-bit systems and the graphical installer will format the selected drive(s) or partition as ZFS. This means that images are no longer provided for 32-bit systems and that the graphical installer no longer provides an option to format with UFS.
  • GRUB is now used to provide the graphical boot menu. It provides support for Multiple Boot Environments, meaning that if you use beadm to create a BE, it is automatically added to the boot menu. GRUB also supports other features such as serial consoles, GPT booting, UEFI, graphics, and faster loading of kernel modules. During installation, most other existing operating systems will automatically be added to the boot menu.
  • The system has changed from the traditional ports system to pkgng and all of the PC-BSD® utilities that deal with installing or updating software now use pkgng. This means that you can now safely install non-PBI software from the command line and that a system upgrade will no longer delete non-PBI software.
  • The pkgng repository used by the software installed with the operating system is updated on or about the 5th and 20th of each month and a new freebsd-update patch is released on the 1st of each month.
  • The PC-BSD® utilities that deal with installing software or updates now use aria2 which greatly increases download speed over slow links. aria2 achieves this by downloading a file from multiple sources over multiple protocols in order to utilize the maximum download bandwidth. The pc-pkg command has been added as a wrapper script to pkg. Use pc-pkg if you wish to increase your download speed when installing or upgrading pkgng packages.
  • PC-BSD® now uses a Content Delivery Network (CDN) service for its network backbone. This means that users no longer have to pick a mirror close to their geographical location in order to get decent download speeds when downloading PC-BSD, updates, or software. It will also prevent failed updates as it removes the possibility of a mirror being out of date or offline.
  • The initial installation screen now provides an option to load a saved installation configuration file from a FAT-formatted USB stick.
  • The installer now provides an option to install a Desktop or a Server. If you select to Install a Server, it will install TrueOS®, a command-line version of FreeBSD which adds the command-line versions of the PC-BSD® utilities.
  • The installation summary screen now provides an option to save configuration of the current installation selections to a FAT-formatted USB stick so that it can be re-used at a later time.
  • When administrative access is needed, the user will be prompted for their own password. This means that users do not have to know the root password. Any user which is a member of the wheel group will have the ability to gain administrative access. By default, the only user in this group is the user account that you create during post-installation configuration. If additional users need this ability, use the Groups tab of User Manager to add them to the wheel group.
  • EasyPBI has been revamped as version 2, making it even easier to create PBIs.
  • The mirrors tab of System Manager has been removed as downloads are now provided through a CDN.
  • The system now uses /etc/rc.conf.pcbsd as the default, desktop operating system version of the RC configuration file. The server operating system version of this file is called /etc/rc.conf.trueos. Do not make any changes to either of these files. Instead, make any needed customizations to /etc/rc.conf. This way, when the system is upgraded, changes to the default configuration file will not affect any settings and overrides which have been placed into /etc/rc.conf.
  • The default wallpaper has been updated and 9.2 is referred to as PC-BSD® Isotope Infusion to differentiate it from 9.1.

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