Archive for February, 2012

Feb
29

9.1 Installer Documentation">Initial 9.1 Installer Documentation

For those of you trying out the 9.0-STABLE-20120225 testing snapshot, or who are curious about the revamped installer for 9.1, Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the PC-BSD Handbook have been updated with the new screenshots and functionality. Some sections are still being tested or aren’t yet fully implemented and will contain a comment to that effect in ALL CAPS.

I particularly like the new FreeBSD setup wizard; that and the ability to configure ZFS and encryption during installation makes it my new FreeBSD installer of choice.

Some of the new installer features will be refined between now and 9.1-RELEASE and the documentation will be updated accordingly. We will be releasing regular testing snapshots between now and 9.1 to give testers ample time to test new features as they are implemented. It is expected that the next testing snapshot will contain bug fixes from the last snapshot, the new gdm GUI configuration tool, and the changes to Warden that Kris is currently coding.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for the new installer, please send them to the PC-BSD testing mailing list.

Feb
27

PC-BSD DVDs at MyBSD

On Saturday, March 3, in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Martin Wilke (FreeBSD Developer, Ports Management, Security Officer), will give a presentation about FreeBSD development and share his experience on how he became a FreeBSD Developer. PC-BSD DVDs and swag will also be given away at this event.

The event will be held at Old Town White Coffee, Bangsar South from 14:0017:00. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Feb
27

Call for Testers: GEM/KMS Snapshot

A testing snapshot that integrates the new DRM/GEM/KMS work is now available to testers.

DANGER: this snapshot should be considered alpha quality and for testing purposes only!

This snapshot is meant to provide testers the opportunity to provide feedback regarding Intel, ATI and NVIDIA video cards which currently are not fully supported using the existing FreeBSD Xorg drivers. Please report any issues you find to the FreeBSD X11 mailing list so that the FreeBSDD Xorg porting team can address them.

As an added bonus, this snapshot contains the shiny new 9.1 installer. Feedback on the installer should be sent to the PC-BSD testing mailing list. Currently, the new installer is totally undocumented, but that should change over the next few weeks.

Feb
24

PC-BSD DVDs at Open Source Days

This year’s Open Source Days will take place at Copenhagen Business School (in Denmark) on March 10 and 11. Sven Esbjerg will be bringing a supply of PC-BSD 9.0 DVDs to give away–you can find him at the BSD booth in the “hallway track”.

Feb
22

9.0 Users Handbook Available From FreeBSD Mall">PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook Available From FreeBSD Mall

For those of you who like a hard copy of documentation, the PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook is now available for purchase from the FreeBSD Mall. The Handbook is available as:

I’ve heard that the book looks awesome and have seen the cover/label/insert artwork for the DVD. Thanks to Jenny Rosenberg for the artwork and to Theresa Garner at FreeBSD Mall.

Feb
13

Call for Testers: Bluetooth Manager

PC-BSD 9.1 will include a new GUI for managing bluetooth devices.

If you would like to assist in testing this GUI, you can compile and install the code on your PC-BSD 9.0 system as follows:

First, make sure that these two development packages are showing as installed in Control Panel -> System Manager -> System Packages -> Development:

  • Development-VCS
  • Development-Qt

As superuser, download the source and compile the Bluetooth Manager and Tray applications:

svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-qt4/
cd src-qt4/libpcbsd
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make && make install
cd ../pc-bluetoothmanager
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make && make install
cd ../pc-bluetoothtray
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make && make install

When finished, leave the superuser account and start the Bluetooth Manager:

pc-su pc-bluetoothmanager (will prompt for superuser password)

Alternately, place the Bluetooth Manager in the system tray:

pc-su pc-bluetoothtray (will prompt for superuser password)

Note that the Bluetooth Tray currently activates on right-click, but nothing activates on left-click as of yet.

If you try it out, let us know if you encounter any errors or need additional functionality. Feedback can be sent to the testing mailing list.

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