PC-BSD, a BSD distribution with the goal to be an easy-to-install-and-use desktop operating system based on FreeBSD, is now at version 10.0.
According to the developers, the distribution is based on FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE, the KMS / AMD driver support has been improved, a new text-based installer has been added, and the GNOME 3, MATE (Replaces Gnome2), and Cinnamon desktop environments have been implemented.
”Online updating to 10.0-RELEASE is now available for users running 9.2-RELEASE systems. As with any upgrade, please make sure to backup your critical data beforehand,” reads the official announcement.
To get started, first ensure that your packages and world/kernel are up to date, then apply the update to 10.0 using the following command at a root prompt:
pc-updatemanager install fbsd-10.0-RELEASE
Highlights of PC-BSD 10:
• Support has been added for detecting AMD/Intel and NVIDIA/Intel hybrid laptops, allowing X to be started on the secondary Intel chipset;
• The rolling update model for keeping packages up-to-date has been fine-tuned to allow for two different profiles;
• The installation ISO can now be written to either a DVD or a USB removable drive;
• A text-based installer has been implemented. When booting into the installer, the initial boot menu can be used to select either the graphical or the text installer;
• Due to size limitations, XBMC has been removed from the installation media;
• MythTV has been removed due to build problems in the underlying port;
• The Cinnamon, GNOME3, and Mate desktops have been implemented;
• The installer now provides an option to install to an SSD device and will automatically disable swap and the ZFS atime option for SSD installations;
• New options have been added to pc-metapkgmanager to list only installed meta-packages.