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21 December 2010, 11:25

PC-BSD 8.2 Beta 1 arrives for testing

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PC-BSD Logo The PC-BSD development team has announced the arrival of the first beta for version 8.2 of its BSD open source operating system aimed at desktop computers. This first beta for the second point update to PC-BSD 8.0 is based on FreeBSD 8.2 Beta 1 from earlier this month.

PC-BSD 8.2 Beta 2 features version 4.5.4 of the KDE desktop environment, as well as fixes and improvements to the Network Manager, such as 3G support and the option to enable / disable the lagg interface. The developers also note the addition of file system type selection during auto-partitioning and the option to encrypt partitions during installation – the hostname can now also be changed from the installer.

As with all development releases, use of betas in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

More details about the development preview can be found in the release notes, in the change log and on the PC-BSD wiki. PC-BSD 8.2 Beta 1 is available to download for 32 and 64-bit systems from one of the project's mirrors. PC-BSD is released under the BSD license and development is sponsored by iXsystems.

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