From a practical point of view, I'm sure most people will stick with running either Arch Linux or vanilla FreeBSD. However, as an experiment into what is possible, ArchBSD does provide us with something interesting, something a little different. With some work to flesh out the documentation and more volunteers to keep the base operating system up to date, I think ArchBSD could be a viable server operating system.
The last PC-BSD release I reviewed was PC-BSD 10.1. And that was actually just late last year. You may read that review at PC-BSD 10.1 review.
It was the worst edition of any distribution I have even reviewed.
An installation of the Cinnamon desktop, which shipped with Cinnamon 2.2, was especially bad. Out of the box, it was unusable. When PC-BSD 10.1.1 was released (on February 2 2015), I knew I had to take another look at a Cinnamon installation.
So that’s what this article is about – a cursory review of an installation of PC-BSD 10.1.1 Cinnamon.
Hey Everyone! The new version of PC-BSD is out. There are lots of improved features so check out the release notes below!
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of 10.1.1-RELEASE!
Changes since RC2
* Fixed an issue using auto-login in PCDM and setting incorrect locale
* Fixed a bug in user-manager allowing the deletion of the current user
* Updated GRUB to include i18n files
* Fixed an issue with invalid GPT options being displayed when
installing to a specific partition
* Updated GRUB to better auto-detect other disk-drives to chainload via
the boot menu
* Fixed various bugs in external media mounting
Back when DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER2 file-system development began being publicized, it was believed it wasn't going to be ready until at least 2013. Fast forward two years, HAMMER2 isn't yet used by default on this BSD operating system and it's still being actively developed.
As we haven't heard much about HAMMER2 in quite some times, I was looking through the DragonFlyBSD HAMMER2 Git commits and happy to see this BTree-based file-system succeeding the original HAMMER FS is still being pursued. HAMMER2 has shipped in DragonFlyBSD since version 3.8.0 but is not considered production ready.
While DragonFlyBSD 4.0.2 was released just two weeks ago, the v4.0.3 update is now out.
DragonFlyBSD 4.0.3 is being released today primarily for an OpenSSL upgrade to bump the version to OpenSSL 1.0.1. Besides upgrading to OpenSSL 1.0.0., there's various fixes for the distribution's HAMMER file-system, various resource/memory leak fixes, and a handful of other bug-fixes.
More details on DragonFlyBSD 4.0.3 can be found via this tagging message. Download this longtime forked FreeBSD operating system from DragonFlyBSD.org.
Besides working toward PC-BSD 10.1.1's release, the PC-BSD crew have also been working on improving their Lumina Desktop Environment.
Nearly a year ago I wrote about PC-BSD developing its own desktop environment and months later it was out in alpha form. The new PC-BSD desktop is called Lumina and it's a homegrown environment catered toward the BSDs. The Lumina desktop is FreeDesktop.org/XDG-complaintand they're hoping for it to be an alternative to GNOME or KDE.
The PC-BSD crew that base their desktop-focused BSD operating system off of FreeBSD put out their 10.1.1. release candidate this week.
This quarterly update to PC-BSD (v10.1.1) is set to bring a new system updater that supports automatic background updating, improvements to the boot environments / GRUB support, GPT partition installation improvements, all PC-BSD desktop utillities have been converted to Qt5, OVA files for virtual machines, and various other improvements over the original PC-BSD 10.1 release.