billysdad | 5 Dec 01:41 2013
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9.1 9.2; video

Greetings,

After years away from freebsd, last used it supporting freebsd desktops for MindSpring in a call center,
I'm trying it again at home.

While I'm still amazed at the speed, stability, and memory management of freebsd, I have 2 questions.

1. I have two 32 bit netbooks that can't go beyond 9.1 pcbsd (zfs?), but updated to freebsd 9.2 on top of pcbsd
9.1, seemingly without fault, what problems may I encounter running this "split" system?

2. I've installed 4 linux distros and pc-bsd on these netbooks, and only redhat's fedora can handle dual
monitors correctly. I haven't been able to google an answer to making the others handle dual monitors as
well as fedora 19. Suggestions?

--billysdad
Peter Fraser | 27 Nov 01:01 2013
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Upgrade Method

Hi All
I recently tried using TrueOS, having regularly used FBSD. Just wondering, how do I upgrade from say, TrueOS 9.1 to 9.2?

Thanks for any help.
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james | 15 Nov 07:40 2013

Conversion between PCBSD and FreeBSD

I followed the instructions here:

http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/Turn_FreeBSD_into_PC-BSD%C2%AE

Is it possible to convert back?

If so, how?

Thanks
James
Martijn Veening | 2 Nov 23:57 2013
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Eclipse Juno web/EE development

After installing Eclipse Juno (Eclipse 4.2.0) in either PC-BSD 9.0 or
9.2, the so-called WTP-functionality is not available (for
EE-development): I cannot create 'Java dynamic web'-projects.
The 'about'-dialogue only shows 'Eclipse Modeling' and 'Eclipse.org'.
I think this is caused by the same issue I encounter trying to 'Check
for updates':

Cannot complete the install because of a conflicting dependency.
  Software being installed: Equinox p2 RCP Management Facilities
1.2.0.v20130827-1605
(org.eclipse.equinox.p2.extras.feature.source.feature.group
1.2.0.v20130827-1605)
  Software currently installed: Eclipse Platform 3.7.0.I20120608-1400
(org.eclipse.platform.ide 3.7.0.I20120608-1400)
  Only one of the following can be installed at once:
    Equinox Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS)
1.2.0.v20130424-1801 (org.eclipse.equinox.security
1.2.0.v20130424-1801)
    Equinox Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS)
1.1.100.v20120522-1841 (org.eclipse.equinox.security
1.1.100.v20120522-1841)
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Equinox p2 Core Function 1.2.1.v20130827-1605
(org.eclipse.equinox.p2.core.feature.feature.group
1.2.1.v20130827-1605)
    To: org.eclipse.equinox.security [1.2.0.v20130424-1801]
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Equinox p2 Core Function Source 1.2.1.v20130827-1605
(org.eclipse.equinox.p2.core.feature.source.feature.group
1.2.1.v20130827-1605)
    To: org.eclipse.equinox.p2.core.feature.feature.group [1.2.1.v20130827-1605]
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Equinox p2 RCP Management Facilities 1.2.0.v20130827-1605
(org.eclipse.equinox.p2.extras.feature.source.feature.group
1.2.0.v20130827-1605)
    To: org.eclipse.equinox.p2.core.feature.source.feature.group
[1.2.1.v20130827-1605]
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Eclipse Platform
4.2.0.v20120608-135145-9aF7pHdUGEGODPocCvByWfTd46wYyKZWhgf8W0
(org.eclipse.platform.feature.group
4.2.0.v20120608-135145-9aF7pHdUGEGODPocCvByWfTd46wYyKZWhgf8W0)
    To: org.eclipse.equinox.security [1.1.100.v20120522-1841]
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Eclipse Platform 3.7.0.I20120608-1400
(org.eclipse.platform.ide 3.7.0.I20120608-1400)
    To: org.eclipse.platform.feature.group
[4.2.0.v20120608-135145-9aF7pHdUGEGODPocCvByWfTd46wYyKZWhgf8W0]

Eclispe 3.5 has always worked flawlessly, but I would really like to
upgrade to 4.2.

Best of regards,
Martijn Veening
The Netherlands
Dru Lavigne | 14 Oct 16:25 2013
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Re: PC-BSD and UEFI and GPT and MS Windows 8


>In the research that I had done about this, I had found the following material.
>
>At
>http://bsdnews.net/announcefoundation-announces-uefi-support-project/
>is
>
>"
>The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Benno Rice has been
>awarded a grant to implement the ability to boot FreeBSD in the
>Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot environment.
>
>The work to be done includes a new version of the loader, kernel
>modifications to support starting from a UEFI environment and the
>ability to create install media for pure UEFI systems.
>
>?UEFI support is critical for FreeBSD?s future on the amd64 platform
>and I?m really pleased to be able to ensure that FreeBSD gains support
>for it,? said Benno.
>
>This project is expected to be completed in March 2013.
>
>Post Published: 05 March 2013
>"
>
>
>I think an error may exist, regarding the post publishing date, and
>its relationship to the expected date of completion of the project.
>
>But, because of what I understand to be the relationship between
>FreeBSD and PC-BSD, I assume that a development such as the one
>mentioned in that article, would impact on PC-BSD.
>
>Please advise regarding that, and, whether anything is known of any
>progress in the project "to implement the ability to boot FreeBSD in
>the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot environment".

Just to clarify regarding Foundation sponsored Projects. Work that occurs happens either in HEAD or in a
projects area that gets committed to HEAD by the end of the project completion. This means that this
project should be in 10 (which was HEAD at that time), and assuming that it is accepted as stable enough to
include in a release, should be in 10.0-RELEASE. I haven't kept up with commit messages to see if it is
slated to be in 10.0 RELEASE, so perhaps Kris would know the answer to that one. If it is slated, there should
be images soon as Kris is working on the first batch of 10.0 images.

Cheers,

Dru
james | 10 Oct 00:08 2013

TrueOS 9.2 with UFS boot?

What happens if I *don't* faff around and update my boot drives?

I have my boot drive as a RAID1 on a PERC5i.  I'm pretty happy with it, 
certainly not unhappy-enough to want to mess around trying to refit as 
JBOD and ZFS, even if that would be what I'd choose for a fresh install.

Originally this was a FreeBSD system.

I used the instructions at

http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/Turn_FreeBSD_into_PC-BSD%C2%AE#Converting_FreeBSD_to_a_TrueOS.C2.AE_Server 
and switched the packagesite etc.

But now I am on 9.1-RELEASE/amd64.

The link above suggests editing packagesite to point to 
9.2-RELEASE/amd64 if I am on FreeBSD and want to use the new repository.

Can I still just do that - and switch to 9.2 goodness without having to 
pick up the new boot environment stuff?

If it is really required to upgrade, is there a magic utility that will 
squirrel away the local changes made for me (including /usr/local, the 
rc.conf, sysctl.conf etc I guess) and restore after a fresh install?  I 
have lots of space on a ZFS pool on a RAIDZ drive set that I can export 
and reimport after install.  I hope an install would leave it alone.

James
Dru Lavigne | 9 Oct 23:27 2013
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Re: PC-BSD and UEFI and GPT and MS Windows 8


>Hello.
>
>I have read of problems with trying to instal operating systems as
>dual and multiple boot scenario's with MS Windows 8. Reference has
>been made to the "secure boot" obstruction to installing operating
>systems other than MS Windows 8.
>
>In doing a little research, I have found that MS Windows 8
>(apparently) uses UEFI instead of BIOS, and GPT, and does not use
>MBR's, and that the architecture of UEFI and / or GPT, instead of
>being limited to 4 primary partitions, allows up to 128 partitions,
>and does not differentiate between primary and non-primary partitions
>(which should, in theory, be helpful in installing PC-BSD, with its
>need for installation in a primary partition, where the older MBR
>system is used, if PC-BSD can thence be installed on a UEFI / GPT
>system).
>
>I wonder then, whether PC-BSD (especially, the latest version, 9.2)
>has been installed on one of these UEFI/GPT based MS Windows 8
>systems, as a dual-boot or multiple boot system, and, if so, whether
>any installation instructions relating to installing PC-BSD on a MS
>Windows 8, UEFI/GPT based system, as a dual or multiple boot system,
>are published, and, if so, do those instructions include how to
>determine whether the "secure boot" obstruction is set to stop
>installation of non-MS Windows 8 operating systems, or, how to get
>around the "secure boot" obstruction, so as to allow PC-BSD to be
>installed?

I have one of these systems. I was able to get it to install by playing around in the BIOS, but it was unable to
boot afterwards either as a dual-boot or single-boot system. Kris and I need to get together to see what is
needed to get the hardware to boot from GRUB. So for now, afaik, this doesn't work yet.

Cheers,

Dru
Jacob . D | 9 Oct 21:21 2013
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Re: Support Digest, Vol 72, Issue 4

lol, to avoid potential further confusion you have two options before 
you that you can use that are tremendously more simple , to use VMware 
as you suggested

I would suggest using a virtualization program such as vmware or 
virtualbox, but if your looking for a company with decent technical 
support, I would avoid acer like the plague, maybe dell too and try to 
get a laptop from some where else.

I don't deal with laptops, ....so sadly I would be clueless as to what 
to suggest

But really, as a second option , beyond VM's you could refer to this 
forum topic!
here it is:

http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=28156

this addresses having debian(or any linux), BSD and windows 7 all on a 
single disk with GPT

to be honest you don't need more than 8GB of RAM for day to day use , 
unless your doing some thing intensive like 3D modeling/video/audio 
editing , and it would  not need to be of a frequency higher than 
1333MHZ CL-8 which is what most DDR-3 sdram modules come with.

Let me know if this helps!

Good Luck!
Jacob . D | 9 Oct 12:23 2013
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Re: UEFI Boot Question

What you just referenced is a common mis-belief/hype/FUD

Secure Boot is just a firmware module of UEFI, and not the whole thing.

If you have a fairly recent computer you can go to the "Advanced" 
section of your BIOS and adjust three settings in particular,

change from windows to "other OS" , enable CSM  and, finally  enable 
"legacy OP-Rom"

also, if you want to dual boot PC-BSD and windows together and have 
assistance in doing  this with a GUI,

you can try this program,

http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

it is free.

you can use this for booting Linux and Windows together too!

I work in the "Puppy Linux" community too, and wrote this article, it 
may help out alot!
Please share, to resolve this stupid hype!

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/UEFI

Thanks!
Bret Busby | 8 Oct 18:29 2013
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PC-BSD and UEFI and GPT and MS Windows 8

Hello.

I have read of problems with trying to instal operating systems as
dual and multiple boot scenario's with MS Windows 8. Reference has
been made to the "secure boot" obstruction to installing operating
systems other than MS Windows 8.

In doing a little research, I have found that MS Windows 8
(apparently) uses UEFI instead of BIOS, and GPT, and does not use
MBR's, and that the architecture of UEFI and / or GPT, instead of
being limited to 4 primary partitions, allows up to 128 partitions,
and does not differentiate between primary and non-primary partitions
(which should, in theory, be helpful in installing PC-BSD, with its
need for installation in a primary partition, where the older MBR
system is used, if PC-BSD can thence be installed on a UEFI / GPT
system).

I wonder then, whether PC-BSD (especially, the latest version, 9.2)
has been installed on one of these UEFI/GPT based MS Windows 8
systems, as a dual-boot or multiple boot system, and, if so, whether
any installation instructions relating to installing PC-BSD on a MS
Windows 8, UEFI/GPT based system, as a dual or multiple boot system,
are published, and, if so, do those instructions include how to
determine whether the "secure boot" obstruction is set to stop
installation of non-MS Windows 8 operating systems, or, how to get
around the "secure boot" obstruction, so as to allow PC-BSD to be
installed?

Thank you in anticipation.

--

-- 
Bret Busby
Armadale
West Australia
..............

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
 A Trilogy In Four Parts",
 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992

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Dru Lavigne | 7 Oct 16:10 2013
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Re: PC-BSD netbook ISO


>Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2013 10:06:12 -0400
>From: Eitan Adler <lists@...>
>To: support@...
>Subject: [PC-BSD Support] PC-BSD netbook ISO
>Message-ID:
>    <CAF6rxgnp_0_HTC4qVfg2KXtMoCqUSoGsnB_XugCQ9xMJvPGa7w@...com>
>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
>I am looking for a network installer ISO.  I know PC-BSD used to offer
>it (I found http://mirrors.isc.org/pub/pcbsd/iso/9.0/i386/PCBSD9.0-x86-bootonly.iso).
>Is there is a reason there isn't one for recent releases?

Hello Eitan,

The back-end still supports network installs (for scripting custom installations), but it is not
currently hooked into the GUI installer. This might happen in time for 10.0-RELEASE.

Cheers,

Dru

Gmane