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* [http://mosh.mit.edu/ Mosh] has been added to base to provide an SSH replacement over intermittent links.
* [http://mosh.mit.edu/ Mosh] has been added to base to provide an SSH replacement over intermittent links.
* [https://www.virtualbox.org/ VirtualBox] has been added to base which should prevent kernel module mis-matches. If you are currently using the VirtualBox PBI, you should uninstall it.
* {{citelink|url=https://www.virtualbox.org/|txt=VirtualBox}} has been added to base which should prevent kernel module mis-matches. If you are currently using the VirtualBox PBI, you should uninstall it.

Revision as of 07:08, 20 September 2013

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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 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 used to provide the graphical boot menu. It provides support for multiple boot environments, 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 use pkgng. This means that you can 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 use aria2[1] 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® 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 source code repository for PC-BSD® has changed to GitHub[2]. Instructions for obtaining the source code using git can be found on our trac site[3].
  • The installer provides a built-in status tip bar, instead of tooltips, to display text about the moused-over widget.
  • The installer 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 Advanced Mode screen provides configurable options to force 4K sector size, install GRUB, and set the ZFS pool name.
  • The installation summary screen 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.
  • AppCafe® has been re-designed with a cleaner code base. New features include the ability to perform actions on multiple applications, save downloaded .pbi files to a specified directory, downgrade installed software if an earlier version is available as a PBI, and improved search ability.
  • EasyPBI has been revamped as version 2, making it even easier to create PBIs.
  • A graphical Boot Manager utility for managing boot environments and the GRUB configuration has been added to Control Panel.
  • The mirrors tab of System Manager has been removed as downloads are provided through a CDN.
  • The Mount Tray interface and detection algorithm has been improved. It can also mount an ISO to a memory disk.
  • Many improvements to Warden®/9.2 including the ability to create jails by hostname instead of by IP address, jail IP addresses can be changed after jail creation, vimage can be enabled/disabled on a per-jail basis, IPv4 or IPv6 addressing can be enabled or disabled, aliases can be added on a per-jail basis, and jail sysctls can be easily enabled on a per-jail basis.
  • A Template Manager has been added to Warden®. Templates can be added then used to create a new jail. For example, templates can be used to install different versions of FreeBSD and have been tested from FreeBSD 4.1.1 to FreeBSD-CURRENT.
  • The ability to use an external DHCP server has been added to Thin Client/9.2 and the ports collection is no longer a requirement for using this script.
  • The system 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.
  • The graphical gsmartcontrol[4] command has been added to PC-BSD® and the command line equivalent smartctl has been added to both PC-BSD® and TrueOS®. These utilities can be used to inspect and test the system's SMART[5]-capable hard drives to determine their health.
  • Mosh has been added to base to provide an SSH replacement over intermittent links.
  • VirtualBox[6] has been added to base which should prevent kernel module mis-matches. If you are currently using the VirtualBox PBI, you should uninstall it.


  1. http://aria2.sourceforge.net/
  2. https://github.com/pcbsd/
  3. http://trac.pcbsd.org/wiki/GettingSource
  4. http://gsmartcontrol.berlios.de/home/index.php/en/About
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.
  6. https://www.virtualbox.org/
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