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Dec
14

Are You Interested in Helping to Translate the Handbook?

We’ve installed the page translation feature on the wiki that is used to develop the PC-BSD Handbook. If you’re interested in becoming a translator for the Handbook, please ping me on #pcbsd IRC freenode or by email so your wiki logon can be added to the translators group. This is the first time we’ve used this feature on mediawiki so if you have experience using this feature we’d love to hear from you as you can help us reduce our learning curve and streamline the process for translating pages.

The wiki will be a busy place as we gear up for publishing a version of the Handbook to be released with 8.2. We can use assistance in the following areas:

  • experimenting with the new PDF creator extension–this one has been a bit of a nightmare to install and configure and we hope to have it ready to use by end of this week. In theory, it should make it easier to visualize what the finished Handbook will look like. It is also supposed to allow any user to create a customized PDF containing just the pages of the Handbook that interest them.
  • reviewing the content, filling in any missing or incomplete portions, and checking for typos, grammos, unclear sections.
  • comparing the content of the Handbook to the 8.2 snapshots to ensure the content and screenshots accurately reflect what an 8.2 user would see on their PC-BSD system.
  • beginning the translations of the Handbook
Dec
13

Do You Use IBus or SCIM?

If so, the Input Methods section of the Handbook needs your help!

We would like this section of the handbook to include practical information from users such as how to use IBus and what applications are useful. While we’re on the topic, are there any applications in the ports collection that you find you have to install because they aren’t included with PC-BSD? Let us know and we’ll see about either including them with the system or rolling them into a PBI. We could also use screenshots from working systems so that users can better understand input methods.

You can edit this wiki page directly. We’ll see your changes and can tidy them up so don’t feel that you have to be a good writer in order to contribute. Alternately, you can use this page’s discussion tab to leave notes on what you think should be included on this page.

Dec
10

3D, Poedit, Kid3, and OpenTaxSolver">New PBIs: Wings3D, Poedit, Kid3, and OpenTaxSolver

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

Wings3D: an open source polygon mesh modeler inspired by Nendo. It allows you to intuitively build a 3D mesh and even assign materials to it.

Poedit: a cross-platform gettext catalogs (.po files) editor. It is built with wxWidgets toolkit and can run on any platform supported by it. It aims to provide a more convenient approach to editing catalogs than launching vi and editing the file by hand.

Kid3: an application to edit the ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags in MP3 files in an efficient way. Also tags in Ogg/Vorbis and FLAC files are supported.

OpenTaxSolver: a free program for calculating Tax Form entries and tax-owed or refund-due, such as US Federal or State personal income taxes. An optional graphical front-end, OTS_GUI, has been added. Preliminary versions for Canada and the United Kingdom were posted in previous years and may be updated with help from volunteers.

Thanks to Rick Richard, Sam Lin and Joachim Holzwarth for creating these PBIs.

Dec
09

117, and PSPP">New PBIs: Calibre, GL-117, and PSPP

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

Calibre: a complete e-library solution that includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, e-book reader sync features, and an integrated e-book viewer.

GL-117: an action flight simulator. Enter the Eagle Squadron and succeed in several challanging missions leading though different landscapes. Five predefined levels of video quality and an amount of viewing ranges let you perfectly adjust the game to the performance of your system.

PSPP: a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It interprets commands in the SPSS language and produces tabular output in ASCII or PostScript format.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to bsdaddict and abik for requesting them.

Dec
07

8.2 Snapshot is Available for Testing">First 8.2 Snapshot is Available for Testing

Kris Moore has announced that the first snapshot for 8.2 is available for testing:

The first snapshot of 8-STABLE, which will eventually become 8.2 has now been uploaded to our FTP server.

This snapshot is based upon FreeBSD 8.2-PRERELEASE, and includes KDE 4.5.3. It also contains a number of bugfixes backported from the 9 series, specifically to the installer and network management GUI. You can review the backport commits on the 8.2 TODO list.

Known Issues:

Using the “GPT” option during installation will give an error at boot, which I’m currently working on fixing.

Please feel free to give the snapshot a whirl, and report any bugs you find back to the testing list. Instructions for becoming a good beta tester can be found in this section of the Handbook.

Dec
06

9.0 Snapshot is Available for Testing">Latest 9.0 Snapshot is Available for Testing

Kris Moore has announced the availability of the next 9.0 testing snapshot:

A new snapshot of 9-CURRENT has just been released, and is now available for download from our FTP server.

Major changes since the last snapshot:

* Fixed bug relating to booting without using the “Stamp MBR” option
* Added additional window-managers to “unsupported” category
* Added ability to enable / disable the lagg network device
* Switched to the “GDM” desktop login manager
* Added ability to add/remove/create repositories of PBIs via pbi_* commands
* Added new pbid daemon, which tracks repository indexes / manages file merging in the background automatically.
* Numerous other bugfixes across the board.

For a list of major differences between 8.x and 9, take a look at our previous announcement.

As usual, please report bugs found back to the mailing list so we can work on fixing them. The more details the better. The Handbook also has instructions for how to become a good beta tester.

A new snapshot for 8-STABLE is in the works, which will become version 8.2 early next year. We’ll make an announcement when that snapshot is online and available for testing.

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