Changelog

The PC-BSD changelog outlines the various updates and feature adds through the entire history of PC-BSD.

The 9.X changelog outlines the version history of all major point releases for PC-BSD 9.

PC-BSD 9.0 - Changelog (1-10-12)


  • Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE
  • Support for installing a variety of Window Managers, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!
  • Improved PBI system, allows library sharing, binary diff updating, custom repositories, digital signing and more!
  • Support for "freebsd-update" via the System Update GUI.
  • New Control Panel, providing consistent configuration options across various Window Managers.
  • Improved networking utilities, including wifi quick-connect.
  • Enhanced "Life-Preserver" utility for doing off-site rsync backups of user data.
  • New VirtualBox / VMware disk images, with integrated guest tools.
  • Support for UFS+Journaling out of box
  • New graphical boot options page
  • Support for installation to BootCamp partitions on OSX systems.
  • And much more!

Release Notes

PC-BSD 9.0-RC3 - Changelog (12-14-11)


  • Fixed the default KDE wallpaper / desktop theme
  • Add option to skip performing system upgrades at bootup, in case the user doesn't have the time to wait.
  • Fix bug starting the port jail from rc.d
  • Make sure we clear any KDE cache during upgrade
  • Fixed bugs installing some PBIs from AppCafe causing seg faults
  • Load ext2fs automatically
  • Default LXDE clock to AM/PM time
  • Add default openbox wallpaper / menus
  • Load the "iir" raid driver on install media
  • Add extra meta-pkg for VMware guest support
  • Reduce CPU usage while checking for system updates on the tray
  • Add new graphical boot loader enabled by default
  • Updated the handbook for 9.0
  • Speed up the download process of system upgrades
  • Add patch for GDM which corrects issues with auto-login
  • Created new VirtualBox / VMware images for download

PC-BSD 9.0-RC2 - Changelog (11-23-11)


  • Improve username checks in installer to only allow valid chars
  • Add button for xvkbd virtual-keyboard usage during installation, install can now be done entirely via touch-screen
  • VirtualBox mouse-pointer integration works by default after selecting vboxvideo in display wizard
  • Improve update-manager to not fail on soft errors
  • In services tool, sort by name by default and enable user-sorting via headers
  • Fix mime issues causing false identification of office documents as .zip files
  • Set default language to en_US.UTF-8 which fixes mouting some removable media
  • Set the default mirror server on first boot to the fastest available
  • Save users proxy / pbi configuration across upgrades
  • Fix bug in AppCafe to show PBIs not associated with a particular repo
  • Added FVWM and FVWM-Crystal as desktop options
  • Prompt for a desktop in LIVE mode
  • Add Koffice-kde4 as optional meta-pkg for KDE4
  • Make pbi-manager more "sudo" friendly
  • Added optional meta-pkg for Compiz
  • Enable DynamicPM on ATI video
  • Add "switcher2" utility for changing gtk theme
  • Add -R option to "pbi_add" which fetches PBI install file without installing or removing it
  • Add xscreensaver to base system to fix issues in XFCE4 & others

PC-BSD 9.0-RC1 - Changelog (10-24-11)


  • Added support for installing to BootCamp partitions on Apple OSX systems
  • Added checks for invalid characters in the username
  • Added button to installer allowing toggle between US keyboard layout and currently selected
  • Added improved portjail init scripts
  • Life-Preserver now defaults to backing up to a remote directory set as the client hostname
  • Add some sanity checks to pbi-manager when creating new repositories
  • Fixed bugs setting the proxy server in pbi-manager / AppCafe (Uses the default config in networking GUI)
  • Improved the default firewall ruleset
  • Enable IPv6 support on all nic's by default
  • Added options to pbi-manager which enables tmpfs memory building
  • Improved pc-thinclient setup to use pre-built FreeBSD world instead of building from source
  • Fix bug in pbi-manager when doing binary updates to ensure it is only attempted on the correct build
  • Fix issues installing with mirrors / raidz on ZFS

PC-BSD 9.0-BETA3 - Changelog (10-01-11)


  • Fix issue enabling flash plugin after installation
  • Fix bug with handbook not launching in LXDE
  • Fix issue performing updates on ZFS systems with separate /boot UFS partition.
  • Add lxmenu-data port, which provides nicer LXDE menu framework
  • Fix enabling ibus from GDM
  • Include "mga" driver in base
  • Add option to install only "openbox" as a window-manager
  • Fix bug doing PBI patching and checking the FreeBSD version
  • Improve PBI manager allowing ~/bin entries to point to wrapper scripts
  • Fix bug upgrading and installing the nvidia driver
  • Fix bugs installing from LIVE mode

PC-BSD 9.0-BETA2 - Changelog (09-13-11)


  • Fixed an issue fetching large sets of packages during an update
  • Added NVIDIA driver to install media, allowing it to be used instead of "vesa" and "nv"
  • Fixed an issue with passwords & encryption strings with a '=' in them causing parse errors
  • Auto correct if user tries to use /home mount-point to /usr/home
  • Fixed internet installation defaulting to an incorrectly formatted URL
  • Added sanity checks to AppCafe to check if user is able to install applications
  • Fix to pbi-manager to checkout correct FreeBSD sources
  • When adding new users via the GUI, include them in the "operator" group by default
  • Fixed misc crashes while using the User Manager
  • Set wallpaper to full-screen mode on install images
  • Increase default '/' partition size to 2GB
  • Added AppCafe warning when no meta files can be found
  • Cap the size of default swap space
  • Fixed layout of default XFCE menu
  • Make hyper-links work in Welcome application
  • Fix loading translation files in Xorg Wizard
  • Show total and current MB of downloads in AppCafe
  • Fixed bugs in Firewall Manager causing incorrect service names to be selected
  • Show status of firewall restart in the GUI
  • Put volume applet on LXDE panel by default
  • Added feature to System Manager and Installer to right-click on meta-pkgs and show details
  • Reorganized the meta-pkg layout
  • Enhance pc-su to use more appropriate "su" backend depending upon WM being run
  • Include support for some additional Broadcom wifi chipsets by default
  • Allow booting to emergency console on LIVE images
  • Added Draft version of PC-BSD 9 handbook
  • Speed up booting by loading some KLDs after kernel is loaded
  • Clear temporary files in /tmp at boot by default
  • Add support into AppCafe for showing HTML formatted descriptions
  • Added new default font configuration
  • Use more appropriate icons for entries in Control Panel
  • Fixed an issue with IBUS variables not being set properly
  • Fixed printer config to use "pc-su" so we have permissions to add / remove devices
  • Fixed syntax bug when trying to install using "gmirror"
  • Fix pbi-manager to resume downloading meta-data if the system was shutdown before it finished

PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5 - Changelog (08-19-11)


  • Enable hplip scanner support
  • Fixed bug removing PBIs sometimes leaving some file leftovers
  • Auto-create npflashplugin wrappers at system install
  • Improved fluxbox / icewm with "idesk" support for desktop icons
  • Fixed running the display wizard from the Control Panel
  • Fixed AppCafe crash when removing last PBI or download
  • Fixed issue saving some timezones properly during installation
  • Fixed detection of running WM for Control Panel icons
  • Fixed life-preserver to use non-standard port 22 when specified
  • Add default gtk2 theme
  • Update NVIDIA driver to 280.13

PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1 - Changelog (08-01-11)


  • Now supports multiple Window Managers, such as: - KDE 4 - GNOME 2 - XFCE 4 - LXDE - And many more!
  • Support for "meta-pkgs", allowing the user to customize their installed system with a variety of software.
  • Improved PBI system, allows sharing of files / libraries between applications for reduced disk / runtime space.
  • New AppCafe, allow easy browsing, installing and managing Applications
  • Updated to the installer, allowing easy setup of ZFS, GELI encryption and more!
  • Many improvements to networking setup GUIs
  • New system-update utility, support for "freebsd-update" and upgrading from point-release to point-release. (I.E. 9.0 -> 9.1)
  • Revamped "Life-Preserver" backup utility, makes it easier than ever to backup to FreeNAS or any remote ssh+rsync server.
  • New PC-BSD Control Panel, provides one-stop access to a variety of system-configuration options.

PCBSD 7.1.1 - Changelog (07-06-09)


  • Updated 7.2-Stable to 06242009
  • Updated KDE to 4.2.4
  • Updated Nvidia driver to 185.14 - 4071
  • Update the Nvidia driver 71.86.09 -> 71.86.11 which fixes the kernel panic - 4157
  • Fixed a bug when running Dolphin in root mode - 4176
  • Fixed bugs in py-cups port, which corrects "Print a test page" failure from the GUI - PR135675
  • Fixed bugs in ksyslog program, now finds /var/log/messages properly
  • Added gvim to the menu - 4114
  • Removed obsolete printing menu icons - 4115
  • Improved the system updater tray, don't issue popup on failure, change icon instead - 4100
  • Improved stability with intel graphics cards
  • Updated included Wine to 1.1.24, which fixes issues with certain 3D Games
  • Fixed issues with using the fetch ports GUI causing a crash in kcmshell4. - 4069
  • Improved the System Updater Tray to not use annoying popups and instead just change the icon - 4103
  • Added the older Nvidia 71.86.xx driver - 4066
  • Fixed issues with kppp, which needs suid permissions to function - 4061
  • Moved /PCBSD to /usr/PCBSD and created sym-link to allow small root partitions - 3999 - 4004 - 4008
  • Fixed bugs when "upgrading" a system that uses ZFS root partition - 3995 - 3997
  • Added support to give higher / lower priority to wifi connections - 3871
  • Added ability to edit saved wifi profiles - 3870
  • Added ability to "ignore" updates in the updater tool - 3842
  • Improved the system updater and tray application interaction - 3832
  • Fixed CUPS issues not finding all .ppd files correctly - 3833 - 3834 - 3822
  • Fixed bugs with xterm not running - 3804
  • Improved the default fluxbox configuration - 3793 - 3794 - 3798 - 3808 - 3809
  • Improved the KDE4 default theme - 3805 - 3810
  • Updated the KDM theme - 3812 - 3817
  • Improved the KSplash Theme - 3811
  • Misc other bugfixes

PCBSD 7.1 - Changelog (04-10-09)


  • Updated KDE to 4.2.2 - 3725
  • Updated nvidia driver to 180.44 - 3692
  • Improved the csh default prompt - 3669
  • Greatly improved the fluxbox default menu - 3670
  • Fixed a bug when trying to use "nv" driver - 3678
  • Fixed a bug with mouse being disabled on dual-head - 3679
  • Improved default fonts / colors for KDE - 3686
  • Installer now runs fsck on file-system before a upgrade / repair to ensure we have a good disk - 3723
  • Updated installer to provide additional feedback during upgrade - 3684
  • Fixed a bug applying localization data to an upgraded system - 3749
  • Updated the diagnostic sheet to provide more useful data for troubleshooting - 3731
  • Fixed large bug in PBI Update checker, now all available updates display properly, and tray application provides list of updates available - 3710

PCBSD 7.1-RC1 - Changelog (03-27-09)


  • Fixed bugs with nvidia driver replacing libwfb incorrectly - 3620
  • Fixed bug finding version number when doing update from 7.1 -> 7.1 - 3599
  • Added tests for partition / slice space requirements during install - 3637
  • Added pykde4 and KDE 4 printing utilities
  • Fixed flash9 plugin on amd64 - 3654
  • Updated runports command to accept arguments for running apps in /usr/local - 3629
  • Fixed several tools to use UTF-8 when reading file data, fixing localization issues - 3635
  • Fixed CUPS ppd search paths, which improves number of available printing drivers.

PCBSD 7.1-BETA1 - Changelog (03-06-09)


  • Updated KDE to 4.2.1
  • Updated Xorg to 7.4
  • Updated NVIDIA driver to 180.35
  • Updated FreeBSD to 7.1-Stable
  • Implemented new desktop schematic, PC-BSD ports are now installed in /PCBSD/local
  • Added support for installing and running FreeBSD ports, without effecting the desktop
  • Re-implemented the "Upgrade" functionality from previous PC-BSD releases, now preserves the home data, along with /usr/local ports.
  • Added gtklp, a GUI front-end to 'lpr', which allows setting options from programs which use lpr for printing. - 3533
  • Incorporated "Online Updates" into the "Software and Updates Manager", and re-wrote the tray application to be a notifer only. - 3081
  • Added menu icons for "runports", which allows building + running applications in the FreeBSD ports tree - 3586
  • Added detection for vmware installs, and set kern.hz to provide a speedup and prevent clock drift - 3542
  • Set hern.hz on normal systems to 100, which seems to provide a noticeable speed increase - 3568
  • Fixed a bug in the update notifier tray, now re-scans for PBI updates after a PBI is installed, removed, or updated - 3571
  • Fixed bugs loading i18n data during install, causing incorrect characters to appear - 3598
  • Use 'noatime' file mount option during install, speeds up FS - 3498

PCBSD 7.0.2 - Changelog (12-10-08)


  • Updated KDE to 4.1.3
  • Improved the Online Updater tool, to support proxy servers, and use custom TMPDIR - 2940 - 2941 - 2942 - 2944
  • Added KDE4 startup script for nvidia cards, which improves performance with desktop lag, and compositing effects - 2943
  • Updated sound-detect script to support several new cards - 2945 - 3018
  • Fixed a series of bugs in the System Manager tool - 2949
    • Fixed occasional crash when using portsnap
    • Fixed bug preventing clicking of "apply" after changing settings
  • Fixed bug loading bootup splash screen images
  • Fixed a bug with occasional hang's at shutdown, due to hung knotify4 processes - 2959
  • Fixed installation issues when trying to install PC-BSD to free disk space, and the partition does not yet exist - 3034
  • Upgraded HAL to 0.5.11_8 which fixes errors when trying to eject optical media in KDE4 and improves NTFS-3G support - 3027
  • Fixed a problem with scanner permissions preventing user scaning - 2938
  • Fixed bug performing PBI updates, which removed the old PBI - but didn't always install the new one - 2932
  • Put a check in place to prevent using ZFS with less than 1GB of system memory - 2962

PCBSD 7.0.1 - Changelog (10-17-08)


  • Updated KDE to 4.1.2
  • Update Nvidia driver to 177.80 - SVN: 2868
  • Fixed various bugs causing crashes with System Updater - SVN: 2780 , SVN: 2790 , SVN: 2908
  • Fixed bugs with partitions becoming mis-aligned due to incorrect sizing - SVN: 2809 , SVN: 2810
  • Added support for NTFS writing directly in KDE4 - SVN: 2811
  • Fixed sound detection for ALI M5451 PCI Audio Device - SVN: 2821
  • Fixed out of memory errors when installing on 256MB of RAM - SVN: 2825 , SVN: 2827 , SVN: 2828
  • Added new KMenu->System->Display Setup Wizard icon to re-run the X Setup tool - SVN: 2832
  • Added support for linux-flashplugin9 to the default install for i386 and amd64 - SVN: 2850 , SVN: 2851
  • Fixed an error about setting up Xorg for QEMU on install - SVN: 2848
  • 7.0.1 now includes all the KDE l10n packages by default, allowing users to switch languages and locales "on-the-fly" - SVN: 2877
  • Fixed a bug which caused a sound-detection error notification by mistake when the user was running an alternative OSS - SVN: 2901
  • Fixed the Wifi tool to work with very long SSID's and ones with multiple spaces in the name - SVN: 2895
  • Updated the Wifi tool to allow network profiles, and connect to the best available network - SVN: 2904
  • Added a new System Updater launcher to the System Settings utility - SVN: 2906
  • Added support to xorg-gui to allow user to run radeonhd driver - SVN: 2909
  • Corrected some apps showing up in their respective kickoff directory - SVN: 2910

PCBSD 7 - Changelog (9-15-08)


  • Updated KDE to 4.1.1
  • Updated Nvidia driver to 177.70 (beta)
  • Updated included Quick-Guide to version for 7
  • Added additional ATH wifi device support
  • Fixed BSDStats reporting
  • Improved Xorg setup of ATI cards, should enable DRI for more systems
  • Updated installer to support all varieties of passwords, including spaces and special characters
  • Fixed detecting and using SSID's with a space in the name
  • Fixed initial login sound playback
  • Updated USB install to support FAT formatted USB sticks
  • Fixed numerous other bug reports from previous betas

PCBSD 7-BETA1 - Changelog (8-28-08)


  • Updated to FreeBSD 7-STABLE for the base.
  • Updated to KDE 4.1.
  • New options to install from DVD, USB or Network/Internet.
  • New optional file-system selector during install.
  • New options for keyboard setup, including localized layout setup.
  • Support for ZFS, UFS2, UFS2+Softupdates, and UFS2+Journaling
  • ULE Scheduler improves system performance and responsiveness.
  • Greatly expanded hardware support.
  • Updated sound-detection routine, with new GUI for reporting problems.
  • Improvements to WiFi detection and WEP setup.
  • Improvements to PBI installation, adds more information to kmenu entries.
  • Dual-head option in XGUI tool.
  • Improved Add / Remove optional components support, install via internet.
  • Improved support and stability for Wine.
  • Fail-safe mode which loads X in vesa mode on running system.
  • Monitor / Video card identification in X GUI setup tool.
  • Improved support for creating multiple partitions across a primary slice.
  • Improved PBI thumbnailer, now displays embedded icons for large PBIs properly.
  • Updated entire PC-BSD toolset to QT4 / KDE4.

PCBSD 1.5.1 - Changelog (4-23-08)


  • Bugfixes to the PBI removal tool - Removes /Programs/<ProgDir> consistently now.
  • Added detection for NFE / MSK networking cards on install CD
  • Added GutenPrint support for additional print drivers
  • Added additional fonts to Xorg
  • Updated the PolicyKit configuration for latest HAL improvements
  • Fixed SMP support in default kernel configuration
  • Bugfixes to the new SystemUpdater tool - Download more than 4 patches without a failure.
  • Fixes to the wifi config GUI, works properly with extra-long SSID names
  • Added Lipstik theme to root profile for consistent UI experience.
  • Updated the installed ports to latest as of 4-16-08.
  • Updated i18n support to latest from 4-14-08
  • Updated Quick-Guide, including PDF version.

PCBSD 1.5 - Changelog (3-12-08)


  • NEW System Updater tool - Keeps system & PBIs up to date - Allows override variables, so that admins can use their own mirrors / servers to roll out updates to users.
  • NEW sound detection program! Uses XML backend to identify and load modules
  • NEW amd64 build of 1.5, including PBIs that are on our auto-build server
  • NEW PBI icon preview library, now a PBI file shows the embedded icon on your desktop, not the generic "PBI" format icon
  • Xorg 7.3
  • KDE 3.5.8
  • FreeBSD 6.3 Release
  • Improvements to WiFi tool, BSSID support and better SSID support
  • Improvements to the PBI Removal tool - Faster startup & remove a list of PBIs at a time
  • Improvements to the firewall manager

PCBSD 1.4.1.2 - Changelog (1-04-08)


  • Updated the included NVIDIA drivers to 169.07

PCBSD 1.4.1.1 - Changelog (12-03-07)


  • Upgraded printing system CUPS to version 1.3.3
  • Fixed missing foomatic data for hpijs printers
  • Added GutenPrint for additional printer support
  • Upgraded base OS to FreeBSD 6.3-PRERELEASE (Latest 6-STABLE)

PCBSD 1.4.1 - Changelog (11-16-07)


  • Upgrades Compiz 0.5.2 to Compiz-Fusion 0.6.0
  • Switches from HPIJS to HPLIP for better printer / scanner support.
  • Adds extra screen savers with X-Screensaver package
  • Updates NVIDIA drivers to latest releases from NVIDIA.
  • Updates GTK / Pango libraries to latest in ports
  • Fixes some misc bugs with PBI Removal tool, and Network manager.
  • Fixes issue with "tar" extract error during install when using custom partitioning.
  • Switches ISO to LZMA compression, speeding up the install and reducing the size of the CD ISO image.
  • Fixed bug with some of doc files have unreadable permissions
  • Added anacron config into base system
  • Fixed bug starting the PCBSD Updater tool

PCBSD 1.4 - Changelog 9-24-07 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated FreeBSD base OS to 6.2-STABLE
  • Updated Xorg to version 7.2
  • Updated KDE to 3.5.7
  • Added Compiz-Fusion 0.5.2, replacing Beryl
  • Includes support for Flash7 in native BSD browsers. (Konq, Opera, FireFox)
  • Includes official NVIDIA drivers to simplify activating HW acceleration.
  • Put checks into place for the installer, so when you do an upgrade and delete PBI components such as Firefox / Opera, it doesn't replace one on the HD already.
  • Added ipw module / firmware to system, for Intel 2100 wifi cards
  • Changed XGUI box to use 1024x768 in combo box by default
  • Fixed "/./" on upgrade
  • Fixed "avahi" user missing on upgrade
  • Put fix into place so that kxkbrc tool is updated with right key layout. (jp106 & abnt2)
  • Added tcsh to installer, so now you can use uparrow at shell prompt.
  • Fixed Japanese / Chinese support, so they can both exist at same time
  • Now detects "msk" driver NIC's.
  • Allow multiple component selection.
  • Fixed many reported bugs from 1.4BETA in the following tools:
    • Network Manager
    • Xorg Configuration GUI
    • Custom partition via Installer
    • Xorg configuration now auto-detects DPI
  • Included i18n support with latest translations from Pootle as of 9-20-07
  • Fixed PC-BSD specific tools to now use native languages properly.
  • Added hpjis to support a wider variety of HP hardware
  • Added new KDM theme for a nicer login window.
  • Fixed bugs with optional packages on CD 2
  • Updated Wine system patches to current versions as of 9-20-07
  • Fixed XML menuing system so Wine apps don't appear in "lost+found" anymore.
  • Fixed up support for PPPoE backend, improving config file generation via GUI.
  • Fixed numerous bugs with "upgrading" an existing PC-BSD installation.
    • Upgrading now preserves all sym-links created by PBIs
    • Upgrading is now faster, and doesn't need to compress the user home dirs.
    • Upgrading now properly saves kmenu icons and updates for any new ones.
  • Improved & Simplified system installer, now with the ability to load optional components from CD2
  • NEW! Network configuration manager, including tray apps for WIFI and ethernet connections
  • NEW! Firewall Manager, enables easy GUI configuration of firewall settings
  • NEW! Xorg GUI Configuration tool, allows easy setup of screen resolution & 3D support
  • NEW! Added support to Add / Remove programs tool to easily install optional KDE / System components
  • NEW! User manager GUI
  • NEW! Battery Tray Application for Laptops
  • Numerous fixes / tweaks to KDE configuration, making downloading & running PBIs easier

PCBSD 1.3.4 (Online Update Only) - Changelog 4-18-07 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated HAL daemon to 20070403, fixing issues mounting removable media.
  • Updated CUPS to version 1.2.10, which improves printing support.

PCBSD 1.3.3_1 (Online Update Only) - Changelog 3-7-07 (Kris Moore)


  • Applied FreeBSD patch 07:04 which corrects issues with Daylight savings
  • Updated the PC-BSD Guide

PCBSD 1.3.3 (Online Update Only) - Changelog 2-12-07 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated HAL to latest version: 0.5.8-20070210
  • Updated kdebase to latest version: 3.5.5_4
  • Applied FreeBSD security update SA-07:02
  • Changed bsdstats script to run check daily

PCBSD 1.3.2 (Online Update Only) - Changelog 1-19-07 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated alias.conf file
  • Updated PBI Removal tool to support PBI Creator 3.0 files
  • Fixed issue with devfs.rules and local printer support
  • Changed default Icon for PBI Removal Tool
  • Fixed issues on some systems removing desktop icons after PBI deletion
  • Upgraded Start menu button background image
  • Updated /etc/rc.d/jail startup script for FreeBSD-SA-07:01

PCBSD 1.3.01 (ISO & Online Update) - Changelog 1-9-07 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated HAL to latest version in Ports. (0.5.8.20070104)
  • Added xscreensaver-kde port
  • Updated PCInstall code with fixes for extended partitions. (Bug #355, Feature Request #203, Bug #334)
  • Updated enable.sh script for HAL in Services tool. (Bug #367)
  • Updated kcmPBSystem module with fixes Tim made recently (Bug #353)
  • Created /PCBSD/browser_plugins directory, and made it a default in KDE
  • Added Arabic language to installer
  • Fixed issue with changing the video card on install CD to "vesa". (Bug #372)
  • Updated version of CrashHandler which fixes leaving .files in your home dir.
  • Implemented Feature Request #148 - Documents path now defaults to /home//Documents/
  • Fixed issue running PBIs directly from CD. The "noexec" flag is now disabled by default.

PCBSD 1.3 (ISO Only) - Changelog 12-31-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Upgraded system to KDE 3.5.5
  • Fixed issues with connecting to CUPS for printing
  • Added HAL support for default media backend
  • Added ability to user-mount disks in HAL
  • Cleaned up Konquerors default look-n-feel for web browsing
  • Fixed issues with toolbar colors and sidebar colors
  • Added support for running Flash content on native BSD browsers
  • Added more options to services menu to disable / enable system services
  • Fixed bug with errors while running in single user-mode
  • Fixed output of system installer while running upgrade

PCBSD 1.3RC1 - Changelog 12-11-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Fixed icon size issues in KMenu
  • Installer now does not display extended partitions.
  • Installer now can use empty primary partition space to install.
  • Fixed issue with BSDStats not properly reporting usage.
  • Fixed problem with "Start" icon text not being translated properly.
  • Fixed issues when using installer to upgrade system from 1.2 -> 1.3.
  • Closed numerous other issues from BETA2, see this URL for more details: http://tinyurl.com/yyoplg

PCBSD 1.3 (BETA2) - Changelog 11-26-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Fixed numerous bugs reported from the BETA1 release.
  • Implemented support for installing under different languages.
  • Switched to "Crystal Clear" icon set for default install.
  • Updated versions of some ports in base system.

PCBSD 1.3 (BETA1) - Changelog 10-18-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Brand-new system install wizard.
  • Install CD boots into RAM for switching CD' during install process.
  • New visual Look-n-feel for default PC-BSD.
  • Added Fluxbox / Idesk for "server" profile. (Available in kdm for desktop users)
  • Installer allows multiple users to be added.
  • Advanced Options in Installer - Setup Firewall / Network / Custom Partitions.
  • New X detection setup.
  • New sound-detection setup.
  • Included Quick Guide on desktop.
  • Added new default startup / shutdown splash screens.
  • Running KDE 3.5.4.
  • Included gtk-qt-engine for GTK visual effects.
  • Added support for drive mirroring.
  • Included BSDStats (Optional)
  • Denyhosts is now optional for SSH security.
  • SMP kernel is auto-detected and setup automatically.
  • Numlock enabled for desktops.
  • Created /etc/pf.inports file for opening firewall ports.
  • For full package list, see release notes.

PCBSD 1.2 - Changelog 7-12-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated ports to current as of 6-26-06.
  • Added py-qt and py-kde ports to default install. (Allows Super Karamba plugins to work)
  • Cleaned up icons folders.
  • Added DBSD Network / User Toolset into Control Panel.
  • Convert PC-BSD tools to Control Panel modules.
  • Update KMenu to display categories.
  • Ctrl-alt-delete now launches the System Guard.
  • Zip support included in default install.
  • Added Bash to default install.
  • Removed EISA support from default kernel.
  • Setup CD insert notification to allow playing audio CD's and DVD's.
  • Added denyhosts to default install for SSH security.
  • Windows key now launches "K-Menu".
  • Removed wireless support from install CD. (Fixes possible crash when detecting sound card)
  • Fixed bug with online update not working in languages other than english.
  • Removed the "Computer" kmenu opting for "System Menu" instead.
  • Changed default color scheme.
  • Changed desktop icons default to 32x32.
  • NTFS partitions are now mounted as Read-Only.
  • Write access to CD devices for user accounts granted.

PCBSD 1.11a - Changelog 6-25-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Fixed issues with compat5x libraries not working.
  • Fixed problem with online updater showing available updates when none are available.

PCBSD 1.11 - Changelog 6-13-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated installed ports to current versions as of 6-12-06
  • Updated KDE to 3.5.3
  • Removed linux-base-rh9 port from default install, allowing PBI developers to install their own. (Not removed from patch update)
  • Added additional video drivers to default kernel. (Intel 3D, Vodoo, etc)
  • Adding users now uses the /usr/share/skel template.
  • Cleaned up fonts, uses Sans Serif family by default now.
  • Allowed users to change account icon in kdmrc
  • Changed console resolution to 800x600
  • Claned up /etc/resolv.conf
  • Fixed IPV6 hostname in /etc/hosts

PCBSD 1.1 - Changelog 5-28-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated core OS to FreeBSD 6.1.
  • Added "nve" devices to DHCP network detection.
  • Fixed network manager to restart network after settings change.
  • Added extraction test to installation CD - Now warns on failed install.
  • Upgraded Online Update Utility to display status + plus major bugfixes.
  • Added DRM / ATI support to default kernel.
  • Misc bugfixes.

PCBSD 1.0 - Changelog 4-28-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Now running KDE 3.5.2.
  • Kaffeine is now the default media player for audio / video.
  • PC-BSD now auto-detects when a media has been inserted into a CD / DVD drive.
  • When a CD is inserted, an icon shows up on the desktop for unmounting / ejecting.
  • When a USB flash drive is connected, an icon shows up on the desktop for unmounting.
  • Changed much of the backend with fonts and language support.
  • Tools now look like KDE with same fonts.
  • Graphical Improvements to the Installer.
  • Added new "Utilities" menu on CD install, for chroot and shell prompts.
  • Create desktop Icons to pbidir.com and pcbsd.com.
  • Set default profile on Konqueror for web browsing.
  • Added Search bar to Konqueror.
  • Partitions now have "Softupdates" enabled.
  • Online Update check at bootup can now be disabled.
  • Many numerous bugfixes.

PCBSD 1.0RC2 - Changelog 1-20-06 (Kris Moore)


  • Updated Core FreeBSD with latest security patches.
  • Upgraded KDE to 3.5
  • Fixed loading of "kcm fileshare" KDE module.
  • Online update checker now runs at system startup.
  • Only approiate sound module is loaded now.
  • Disabled DMA support during system installation process.
  • Some special characters are now prohibited from password creation.
  • Many packages have been updated to current versions.
  • System tool now uses portsnap to update ports.
  • New PBI Crash Handler.
  • Fixed kdmrc out of date message at boot.
  • Misc bugfixes.

PCBSD 1.0RC1 - Changelog 11-21-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Added PBIdelete program - Lets users remove PBI's from the command line.
  • Added process to sanitize bios geom, from sysinstall source for system install.
  • Added new "Update" mechanism for PBI's, developers can now specify update URL for checking version numbers.
  • Added text install mode for PBI's with "-text" option.
  • Bugfix version of the UserManager.
  • Fixed USB bad mount-points.
  • Updated visual look-n-feel of KDE, fonts, graphics, etc.

PCBSD 1.0RC1 - Changelog 11-10-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Upgraded the base OS to FreeBSD 6.0.
    • This core update provides a much needed UI performance boost, and now works with much more hardware.
    • For more information on this release of FreeBSD 6, please see www.freebsd.org
  • Added a graphical Language / Keyboard selector at beginning of installation process.
    • Lets users select the install & system language they wish to operate under.
    • Also allows keyboard models / maps to be selected, for a wide range of functionality.
  • Added the Network Manager utility.
    • Lets users control and modify their network adapters, setting values such as IP addresses, Netmask, DNS, Gateway, and Host name.
  • The system now ships with Linux Binary Compatability pre-installed.
    • Having this package pre-installed means that users can now download and run PBIs of software such as Flash support, or Java for Linux.
  • Backward Compatible with PBI's made for previous versions of PC-BSD.
    • Users can install and run the same PBI's created for their prior versions of PC-BSD, no recompile necessary.
  • System reinstall required.
    • This release is a major step up from previous PC-BSD's, so a reinstall will be required. No online update patch will be isssued for 0.8.3 -> 1.0RC1
  • Upgraded KDE to version 3.4.3
  • Changed cursors on Install CD
  • Anti-Aliasing is now enabled by default
  • Added "Greek" to lanaguage selection menu

PCBSD 0.8.3 - Changelog 10-22-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Added auto-run daemon for CD's (Checks for autorun.pbi file after CD is mounted)
  • PC-BSD installer is now 1 CD, with optional 2nd CD for language packs
  • Fixed major FDISK issue (Problem with geometry on some HD's, preventing bootup)
  • Added option to run GUI installation in 1024x768 mode
  • Improved visuals with new default cursor / wallpaper scheme
  • Fixed bug with "cancel" not working when prompting for format during install.
  • Added a beta version of the PC-BSD command-line registry program
  • Updated user-manager
  • Added several new languages including Japanese, Ukrainian, and Chinese Traditional.

PCBSD 0.8.2 - Changelog 9-23-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Fixed the mountroot issues after installation.
  • Fixed problems with PBI's not installing when a whitespace is in the path.
  • Updated the scripts used for online update manager.
  • Added SMP support to kernel.

PCBSD 0.8.1 - Changelog 9-19-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Fixes many issues with bootup after installation.
  • Fixed problems with Online Update Manager.
  • Updated UserManager.
  • Added Russian and Bulgarian Support.
  • Activates HD swap space during installation for lower memory systems.
  • Slimmed down KDE 3.4.2 by removing Games / Graphics / PIM ports, which can be optionally installed via PBI.

PCBSD 0.8 Beta - Changelog 9-11-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Upgraded KDE to 3.4.2
  • NEW! Online Update Manager
  • NEW! Online Update Scheduler
  • Add Users GUI
  • Better sound detection
  • PBI's now installed to /Programs
  • Keyboard Layout Selector
  • Able to use "sysinstall" fdisk utility for advanced disk editing.
  • Detect EXT2 Linux partitions for mounting
  • Multiple Languages now supported
    • English
    • Catalan
    • Danish
    • German
    • Spanish
    • Estonian
    • French
    • Croatian
    • Hungarian
    • Dutch
    • Norwegian
    • Polish
    • Portuguese
    • Portuguese (Brazilian)
    • Swedish
    • Chinese Simplified
  • Fixed issues relating to BSDLabel
  • Cleaned default desktop
  • All PC-BSD configuration settings now on KMenu

PCBSD 0.7.8 Beta - Changelog 7-18-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Upgraded KDE to 3.4.1
  • Added full printer support to KDE
  • Fixed non-executable .pbi issues
  • Samba Module now works in KDE Control panel
  • Added USB disk/flash drive auto-detection
  • PC-BSD now auto-detects CD and Disk drives during bootup, and populates the "Computer" directory accordingly.
  • Enabled the CUPS daemon
  • Enabled the SMB daemon
  • Fixed issues adding slices
  • Fixed problem stamping MBR
  • Reorganized the KDE launch menu.
  • Reorganized the "Computer" Icon on desktop, and placed it on launch menu.
  • Changed loader.conf options to help fix problems writing to some HD's
  • Fixed shutdown, PC-BSD now turns off hardware automatically

PCBSD 0.7.5 Beta - Changelog 6-24-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Released PC-BSD code under BSD License!
  • Added custom-partitioning to PC-BSD Installer.
  • Added new Text Menu before Installation.
  • Added multiple-language support.
  • Fixed issues with sound system device busy issues.
  • Fixed issues with dial-up support.
  • Fixed issue with removing packages - manager now waits for scripts to finish.
  • Fixed KDE menu layout, now when choosing program to open with, it lists properly.
  • Added many other lanaguage packs to KDE.
  • Fixed screen-saver issues.
  • Added "Emergency-Shell" option to installation text menu.
  • Added option to reset XF86Config file to "vesa" driver during installation.
  • Added following languages: de, fr, es, es_LA, pt, pt_BR.
  • changed default splash screen.
  • cleaned up install CD for a smaller image.
  • Changed look-n-feel of install program.
  • Updated Window decorations for KDE.
  • Updated default Icon set for KDE.

PCBSD 0.7 Beta - Changelog 5-13-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Upgraded core OS to FreeBSD 5.4-Release
  • Cleaned up look & feel of installer
  • Boot loading screen added
  • KDE Defaults added
  • System auto-login enabled
  • Improved package creator / installer
  • Launch menu icons for installed programs now appear on all users desktops
  • MIME-Types now register properly with package installer
  • Added loading splash screen to package installer
  • Created Add-Users Dialog for easy setup including KDE Defaults

PCBSD 0.6 Beta - Changelog 5-01-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Create beta version of PC-BSD Program Manager.
  • Address issues related to systems with dual-drives, and setting up MBR.
  • Fix how installer sees free space for partitioning.
  • Added confirmation dialog to the "cancel" button in installation program.
  • Gave users permission to mount CD's as non-root.
  • Created CD device icon within KDE.
  • Integrate PC-BSD package manager into desktop.
  • Created PC-BSD Program installer.
  • Created PC-BSD Package Creator.
  • .pbi extension integrated into KDE desktop.
  • Created "My Computer" icon.
  • Populated "My Computer" with hard disk devices and CD's.
  • Auto-Hide fluxbox Taskbar during install

This changelog is a comprehensive list of all changes made in the various releases before version 8.0.

PCBSD 0.5a Beta - Changelog 4-18-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Spelling error fix for installer
  • Fixed network card autodetection

PCBSD 0.5 Beta - Changelog 4-15-05 (Kris Moore)


  • Initial Release of PCBSD 0.5 Beta

The 8.X changelog outlines the version history of all major point releases for PC-BSD 8.

PC-BSD 8.2 - Changelog (2-21-11)


  • Updated to FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE
  • Updated to final 8.2 Guide - 9148
  • Updated the display wizard with many new supported resolutions - 9137
  • Added "extractonly" option to pc-sysinstall, for installing to a pre-mounted disk - 9091
  • Fixed some disk install errors from loading incorrect geom_ modules - 9086
  • Increase default /boot partition when doing ZFS on root - 9045
  • Increased FreeBSD default partition sizes - 9034 - 9125

PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 - Changelog (2-04-11)


  • Updated to FreeBSD 8.2-RC3v
  • Updated to KDE 4.5.5
  • Fixed bug allowing duplicate ZFS mounts - 8890
  • Disable KDE4 3D effects by default, fixing issues with blank screens on some systems - 8826
  • Default to skiping DVD checksum, unless user requests it - 8746
  • Implement fix / workaround for kernel panic when re-starting a wireless network - 8886
  • Enable geom_mbr / geom_bsd by default - 8885

PC-BSD 8.2-RC2 - Changelog (1-20-11)


  • Updated to FreeBSD 8.2-RC2
  • Added PC-BSD Handbook PDF to Desktop - 8469
  • Added minimum password requirements to encryption / users - 8386 8388
  • Fixed some missing kmenu icons for vim / rocks - 8391 8392
  • Enabled network support for HPLIP - 8377

PC-BSD 8.2-RC1 - Changelog (1-10-11)


  • Updated to FreeBSD 8.2-RC1
  • Fixed issue detecting the proper video card driver - 8316
  • Fixed some crashes when adding new users / groups - 8243
  • Added /sbin/nologin as a shell choice in the user manager - 8240
  • Let created users have a homedir of /nonexistant via the GUI - 8247
  • Fix customizing desktop languages when using a () in the description - 8343

PC-BSD 8.2-BETA1 - Changelog (12-20-10)


  • Updated to KDE 4.5.4
  • Updated to FreeBSD 8.2-PreRelease
  • Installation related bugfixes and enhancements:
    • Added ability to select FS type during auto-partitioning - 8099
    • Added ability to enable Encryption during auto-partitioning
    • Added ability to change hostname from installer - 8153
    • Fixed bug switching to some non-english languages - 8223
    • MFC option to select between MBR/GPT partitioning - 8154
  • MFC number of fixes to Network Manager - 8088 8089 8090 8091
  • Added option to enable / disable using "lagg" fail-over network interface

PC-BSD 8.1 - Changelog (7-20-10)


  • Updated to KDE 4.4.5
  • Updated to FreeBSD 8.1
  • Numerous fixes to installer, such as:
    • Switch to "gpart" instead of fdisk for backend
    • Improvements to ZFS, allowing mirror/raidz setup via GUI
    • Encryption pass-phrase support
    • Use GPT partitioning when running in dedicated disk mode11
  • Improvements to life-preserver backup tool
  • Fixed issue running downloaded python / ruby plasmoids - 6871
  • Fixed nepomuk / strigi default init at first login - 6881
  • Fixed issues with wifi tools in calculating signal strength - 6888
  • ZFS syntax fix for installs to MBR partition - 6889
  • During upgrade now install selected components properly - 6891
  • Don't use "lagg" device on systems with no wifi - 6960
  • Use "async" for journaled file-systems - 7192
  • Enable double-click partition editing action - 7190
  • Fixed backwards numlock logic in KDE - 7170
  • Added fixes to reduce kdeinit cpu usage from file polling - 7147
  • Use 24 bit color depth during install by default - 7020
  • More details available on our 8.1 wiki page

PC-BSD 8.0 - Changelog (2-22-10)


  • Fixed some bugs doing upgrades from ZFS - 6228
  • Fixed issues when applying new network settings - 6247
  • Added missing country / language codes for Czech - 6254
  • Fixed issue with Software Manager downloading, but not installing applications - 6257
  • Added kxkbrc configuration based upon users keyboard selections - 6259
  • Added support for localized splash screens on i386 - 6265
  • Auto-load ahci driver by default, fixes issues with some missing DVD/Disk drives - 6272
  • By default disable atime to speed up disk access on desktop - 6269
  • 6268
  • Shrunk install image further, fixing bugs installing 32bit on systems with only 256MB RAM

PC-BSD 8.0 - RC2 - Changelog (2-11-10)


  • Updated to KDE 4.3.5
  • Updated Perl to 5.10.1
  • Updated to xorg-server 1.6.5
  • Fixed our utilities to load i18n properly
  • Added missing boot splash screen - 6095
  • Updated font support for Japanese - 6111
  • Fixed bugs with lagg driver - 6138
  • Fixed bug trying to run in LIVE mode on boot-only media - 6140
  • Fixed upgrade issues from 7.x -> 8.x - 232
  • Fixed Slovenian country code - 233
  • Fixed issue when trying to upgrade / remove 7.x PBIs - 234
  • Fixed ugly print fonts in FF / Konq - 6181
  • Fixed bugs with networking installation - 6180
  • Removed duplicate hostnames in rc.conf - 239
  • Make DEL key work in konsole / csh - 242
  • Disable AGP when using nvidia - 241
  • Fixed bug upgrading a PBI and KIO file renaming - 6224

PC-BSD 8.0 - RC - Changelog (1-27-10)


  • Updated to FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2
  • Fixed boot bug when using ZFS root - 5999
  • Improved disk detection routine during installation - 6027
  • Added ibus framework to allow inputting of asian character sets.
  • Fixed bug when installing via public mirror using wrong path name - 6023
  • Fixed issue with KDM not using correct keyboard layout - 5981
  • Updated CUPS configuration, fixing kde printer module support
  • Fixed crashes in network tray application
  • Added support for lagg interface when using wifi, allows automatic failover from ethernet - 5995
  • Fixed PBI updating issue via the Software Manager - 6026

PC-BSD 8.0 - BETA - Changelog (1-1-10)


  • Updated to FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE
  • Update to KDE 4.3.4
  • Nvidia 195.22 drivers for both i386 & amd64
  • Improved Software Manager
    • Browse and install apps via web-viewer
    • Keep applications automatically updated
    • Re-create desktop icons at any time
    • Mirror selection for patches / PBI updates
  • New System Installer
    • Can select to install PC-BSD or FreeBSD
    • Support for geli encrypted swap & partitions
    • Improved ZFS support
    • Support for gmirroring of disks
    • Automatic disk label support with glabel
    • Options to "test" keyboard layouts
    • Install logging and failure reporting
  • DVD can be started in "live" mode to preview the system
  • Improved PBI installation process when creating icons / menu / mime entries
  • Support for installing and running 32bit PBIs on 64bit Operating System
  • Includes "Life-Preserver" utility, allows backup of system to remote rsync+ssh server
  • New "Ports Console" provides clean jail allowing port building without changing installed desktop
  • New KDE / Desktop theme and visual improvements
  • Numerous other fixes and enhancements to desktop and system

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