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PC-BSD 9.1 released
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by sonic2000gr on 2012-12-22 00:38:58
PC-BSD 9.1 has been released. "The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce that version 9.1 is now available! This release includes many exciting new features and enhancements, such as a vastly improved system installer, ZFS 'Boot Environment' support, TrueOS (a FreeBSD based server with additional power-user utilities), and much more!" PC-BSD 9.1 is based on the soon-to-be released FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE with several enhancements, including an updated installer, better ZFS support during installation, bug fixes and new GUI configuration/administrative utilities.
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No live DVD?
By UltraZelda64 on 2012-12-22 02:15:41
Where did it go?
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RE: No live DVD?
By Morgan on 2012-12-22 03:46:04
I couldn't find it either, so I just installed it on a spare hard drive. Pretty slick so far, the only issue I've had is that downloading from the App Café is really slow. That's to be expected with a new release though.

It's not quite ready to replace Manjaro Linux on my main workstation just yet, but it may earn a place on my Mac mini soon!
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RE[2]: No live DVD?
By UltraZelda64 on 2012-12-22 03:51:15
Yeah, my problem is I can't spare any room for it (maybe when I delete the Win8 eval partitions), so for now a live DVD is the only way. That's somewhat disappointing. How is it compared to 9.0?

Edited 2012-12-22 03:53 UTC
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RE[3]: No live DVD?
By Morgan on 2012-12-22 04:07:28
Well I've changed hardware since then so take that into consideration, but it seems to be much more stable and cohesive this time around. I know some of that is due to improvements to KDE as well, as only very recently I've been able to use that DE to get work done.

I'm definitely impressed though! I'm considering moving away from GNU/Linux on my workstation and vanilla FreeBSD is a pain to install and configure, so I jumped on the chance to try the new PC-BSD. For me, it's almost there. I also love the "True OS" server features; geeks.com has some nice server hardware on sale really cheap and I'm thinking of picking up a unit for bare metal to play around on. BSD is my first choice for a server OS.


Edit: Commenting via phone still sucks: P

Edited 2012-12-22 04:13 UTC
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RE: No live DVD?
By Lazarus on 2012-12-22 04:27:11
ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/handboo...

2.6 PC-BSD® Live Mode

Beginning with PC-BSD® 9.1, Live Mode is a read-write live image that is only available for USB media. The uncompressed live image is about 4GB in size, but you will want to write it to a USB device that will provide sufficient room for the files that you wish to save and any applications that you wish to install.

NOTE: the speed of Live Mode is dependent upon the quality of the USB device. If you are purchasing a device, look for one that is advertised as "high speed".

To use PC-BSD® Live Mode, download the live USB version. Once you have written the image file to a USB media, boot the system with the USB device inserted. Assuming your BIOS has been set to boot from that device, you should see some startup messages followed by the PC-BSD® graphical boot menu, shown in Figure 2.6a.
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RE[4]: No live DVD?
By UltraZelda64 on 2012-12-22 04:51:13
I agree on FreeBSD being a pain to configure as a complete desktop OS, yet awesome for servers. My main problem with PC-BSD has always been its way of packaging programs, Windows-style, with everything needed for a package contained within the package. Good for eliminating dependencies (duplicates), but not for conserving disk space, unfortunately. In a way, I kind of wish DesktopBSD was still in development... it was similar, also very good, but with a more traditional style of package management.

I am tempted to give the latest version a try though, overall it sounds good, and I do like BSD in general. Some *huge* upgrades appear to be coming up with FreeBSD 10, BTW... of course, that's probably a year or more away, but it's already sounding good.
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RE[5]: No live DVD?
By Doc Pain on 2012-12-22 06:17:07
> My main problem with PC-BSD has always been its way of packaging programs, Windows-style, with everything needed for a package contained within the package.

You can use the native FreeBSD methods of installing software from the ports collection (from source) or from binary packages; port management tools such as portmaster can be used. Still this method does not "play 100 % nice" with PBI which is the preferred method of installation on PC-BSD. But if you want to get rid of (old-fashioned) manual downloading and handholding, there's a CLI tool for PBI installations (which includes the abilty of scripting and automating processes). PBI offers easy binary methods of installing and updating your software through a centralized control mechanism while providing decentralized entry ways for software. Users who do not want to deal with the "complicated" ports collection will probably find PBI easier to use, and professional users can still rely on efficient tools.

> Good for eliminating dependencies (duplicates), but not for conserving disk space, unfortunately.

There's an excuse, erm... reason for that: disks are huge and cheap today. :-)
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Comment by Luminair
By Luminair on 2012-12-22 08:31:28
This is a perfectly delicious toy
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RE[6]: No live DVD?
By NuxRo on 2012-12-22 12:13:21
Mine is small and expensive (SSD).
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Not Available yet for me.
By sisora on 2012-12-22 12:55:52
Both the GUI and command-line package manager doesn't show that system update is available. I might need to wait. If they have added additional device drivers for WIFI in this release I would be the happiest guy.

Update: After updating the package manager with bug fix release, it shows the System Release 9.1. So downloading it now.

Edited 2012-12-22 13:02 UTC
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