Wednesday, July 21, 2010

PC-BSD 8.1 Released

The PC-BSD Team announced the availability of PC-BSD 8.1 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE, and KDE 4.4.5

Version 8.1 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog. Some of the notable changes are:
  • FreeBSD 8.1-Release
  • KDE 4.4.5
  • Numerous fixes to the installation backend
  • Support for creating dedicated disk GPT partitioning
  • Improved ZFS support
  • Bugfixes to desktop tools / utilities

Minimum system requirements:
  • Pentium II or higher
  • 256MB Ram
  • 12GB of free Hard Drive space (Either partition, or entire disk)
  • Network card
  • Sound card

Recommended system requirements:
  • Pentium 4 or higher
  • 512MB of Ram
  • 20GB of free  Hard Drive space (Either partition, or entire disk)
  • Network card
  • Sound card
  • 3D accelerated video card

Bug Fixes
  • Change pc-sysinstall to not adjust partition tables
  • Add "install desktop icons" checkbox to software manager when you are prompted to install an application

New Features/Tools
  • Add option for installer to remove unused i10n support files
  • Specify to use password or random keys for encrypted volumes
  • Add support to create / delete slices in the installer
  • Give option in Software Manager to change update check frequency
  • Allow encryption of "/" by creating a /boot partition with keys/kernel
  • Change bootloader to allow selecting multiple options, such as disable acpi + vesa mode
  • Explore option to prompt user to overwrite kde4 profile
  • Provide work-around for XGUI to bring desktop up in default mode/allow user configuration of xorg.conf
  • Provide more ZFS install functionality, merge to using only a single zpool for all zfs mounts
  • Update Install GUI to allow specifying multiple zfs mounts on a single partition
  • Change to using gpart / GPT for dedicated installs in pc-sysinstall
  • Improve LifePreserver with directory selection, exclude options and reporting

Version 8.1 of PC-BSD is available for download from our mirrors, as well as via torrent from .

via PC-BSD 8.1 Released.

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