The PC-BSD Project has applied to be a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2011 (GSoC). GSoC funds students to contribute to an open source project over their summer break. GSoC provides students an excellent opportunity to improve their collaborative development skills and become an active contributor within an open source community. Google will announce the projects that will participate in GSoC 2011 on March 18.
If the PC-BSD Project is accepted as a mentoring organization and you are interested in applying for GSoC 2011, the PC-BSD GSoC 2011 wiki provides some sample project ideas which are suitable for Summer of Code projects. You are not limited to these suggestions–ideas for projects that will benefit the PC-BSD community are welcome. If you are interested in a proposal, read through the submission template and make sure that your application is in to Google between March 28 and April 8, 2011. Accepted students will be announced on April 25.
The Indonesian version of the PC-BSD 8.2 Handbook is now available in .odt, PDF, and HTML formats from the handbook directory of the FTP server. Thanks to Tri M S for providing the translation.
As other translations become available we’ll announce them here. The handbook directory has been organized so that the 2 letter ISO language code is included in the file name. For example, the English version of the handbook is entitled handbook_en_ver8.2 and the Indonesian version is handbook_in_ver8.2. The .odt source files for each language are included should you wish to translate the original English version or edit a translated version. All files are licensed under the Creative Commons CC-BY, meaning that you are free to share and remix (e.g modify or translate) as long as your version includes the following attribution text:
Copyright 2010, The PC-BSD Project.
PC-BSD and the PC-BSD logo are registered trademarks of iXsystems.
All other content within the PC-BSD Users Handbook is freely available for sharing under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
If you find any mistakes in a translation, please send the modified text to the translators mailing list for review.
iXsystems recently donated a build environment to the FreeBSD KDE ports team. This means that the porters don’t have to compile KDE on their own systems (if you’ve ever compiled the KDE port you have an idea of how long that takes), which should speed up the porting process.
The build server is a VM running FreeBSD HEAD, allocated one core and 8 gigs of RAM from the host, which is a dual Nehalem 5520 Xeon with 32 gigs of RAM. The build environment has access to QAT’s distfile cache and a dedicated database server for the tinderbox database.
The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:
Clementine: Clementine is a modern music player and library organiser. Clementine is a port of Amarok 1.4, with some features rewritten to take advantage of Qt4.
Thanks to Joachim Holzwarth for creating this PBI and to kmf for requesting it.
Kris will be giving a presentation on the new 9.0 PBI format at AsiaBSDCon in Tokyo, Japan on March 19th. He’ll also have some PC-BSD DVDs and swag to give away during the conference.
Once the presentation paper is available online, we’ll provide a link to the PDF.
A FreeBSD port is now available for BigBlueButton, an open source web conferencing and collaboration tool. I’m hoping that the FreeBSD package is available soon so that a PBI can be created.