There will be a PC-BSD booth at SCALE, February 26–27 in Los Angeles. We’ll be giving out copies of PC-BSD 8.2 (which will be released by then) as well as some cool swag. The SCALE expo tends to be busy, so stop by the booth early to say hi! and get some swag before it runs out.
I’ll also be giving a presentation entitled PC-BSD: an Easy to Use Open Source Desktop and will post the slides once they’ve been uploaded.
If you’ve considered taking the BSDA certification exam, you can do so during SCALE.
If you plan to visit us during SCALE, you’ll want to register. The cost is minimal and there is a student discount. Hope to see some of you there!
The lead article in this month’s edition of the Open Source Business Resource was contributed by iXsystems. It describes some of the business reasons behind the company’s choice to use only FreeBSD and PC-BSD systems in its own infrastructure and provides a cost/savings comparison for both software and maintenance costs. It also contains some good references and percentages if you’re looking for something to show your manager.
We’re looking for someone who can test the EasyBCD page of the Handbook. To do so, you’ll need an installation of Windows and PC-BSD.
I’ve verified that the instructions work if you check the “Install PC-BSD bootloader” in the disk setup screen during PC-BSD installation. What needs to be tested is if the Windows boot loader can still find PC-BSD if that box is not checked during the PC-BSD installation. Please leave a comment posting your results and I’ll finish up this page of the Handbook to indicate whether or not this box needs to be checked.
The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.2-BETA1 which is running FreeBSD 8.2-PreRELEASE, Xorg 7.5, and KDE 4.5.4
Version 8.2 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog . Some of the notable changes are:
* FreeBSD 8.2-PreRelease
* KDE 4.5.4
* Added ability to select filesystem type and to encrypt partitions during installation
* Numerous fixes and improvements to Network Manager, including 3G support and ability to enable/disable the lagg interface
Version 8.2-BETA1 of PC-BSD is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.
If you’re using the NVIDIA video driver, an update is now available in Update Manager. This update adds support for the following GPUs:
- GeForce GTX 460 SE
- GeForce GTX 570
- Quadro 5000M
- NVS 300
It also fixes a bug that caused some OpenGL applications to become unresponsive for up to a minute on some GPUs when changing the resolution or refresh rate.
Instructions for using Update Manager are here. Simply apply the update on your PC-BSD system, and reboot. When the bootup starts, select option7 — run display setup wizard at the boot-splash screen, and you will then be able to select the new driver.
The following PBI is now available from Software Manager:
GMT: Generic Mapping Tools is a collection of public-domain Unix tools that allows you to manipulate x,y and x,y,z data sets (filtering, trend fitting, gridding, projecting, etc.) and produce PostScript illustrations ranging from simple x-y plots, via contour maps, to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3-d perspective views in black/white or 24bit color. Linear, log10, and power scaling is supported in addition to 25 common map projections. The processing and display routines within GMT are completely general and will handle any (x,y) or (x,y,z) data as input.
Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating this PBI and P202 for requesting it.