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We’ll be giving away PC-BSD 8.1 DVDs and cool swag in the Exhibition area during LISA, November 10-11 in San Jose, CA. Registration is free for the Exhibition, so we hope to see some of you there! Stop by the booth and chat for a while.


New PBIs: DesktopBSD Tools, Duplicity, TightVNC

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

DesktopBSD Tools: a collection of applications designed to make life easier and increase productivity. Even inexperienced users can easily perform administrative tasks efficiently, such as configuring wireless networks, accessing USB storage devices or installing and upgrading software.

Duplicity: backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup. Because duplicity uses GnuPG to encrypt and/or sign these archives, they will be safe from spying and/or modification by the server.

TightVNC: optimized to work over slow network connections such as low-speed modem links. While original VNC may be very slow when your connection is not fast enough, with TightVNC you can work remotely almost in real time in most environments. Besides bandwidth optimizations,TightVNC also includes many other improvements, optimizations and bugfixes over VNC. Note that TightVNC is free, cross-platform and compatible with the standard VNC.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating the PBIs and to dejamuse and bsdimp for requesting the PBIs.


Update to Nvidia Driver Update (260.19.12)

There’s been an update to the latest NVIDIA update that fixes an issue with missing libvdpau files. It should be listed in Update Manager as “NVIDIA Driver Update 260.19.12 (VDPAU Fixed) – 46 MB (10-29-2010)”. If you use the NVIDIA driver, you can use Update Manager to install the update. If you don’t use the NVIDIA driver, you can hide the update by right-clicking it in Update Manager and selecting “Ignore this update”.


Nvidia 260.19.12 Update Available

The latest NVIDIA driver is now available through Update Manager. The release highlights for this version are listed here. This update applies to both 32 and 64 bit systems.

To apply the update, double-click on Update Manager in your system tray. Highlight the “Nvidia Driver Update (260.19.12) – 46MB (10-27-2010)” entry and click the “Install selected updates” button. When it is finished, reboot. Select option “7. Run the Display Setup Wizard” at the boot-splash screen, and you will then be able to select the new driver.



Several members of the PC-BSD team will be attending NYCBSDCon in NYC, November 13-14. If you’re in the NYC travel area and haven’t attended a NYCBSDCon yet, you don’t know what you’re missing as this is definitely one of the friendliest BSD conferences. Registration is still open and the low cost includes breakfast and lunch during the conference.

Kris Moore will be delivering his presentation “PC-Sysinstall: a New System Installer Backend for PC-BSD and FreeBSD”. There will be a PC-BSD BOF session at 17:30 on the 13th. And we’ll be giving out PC-BSD DVDs and cool swag during the Con, so be sure to stop by the PC-BSD booth.


MeetBSD unConference and DevSummit

Interested in learning more about PC-BSD and the other BSD projects? Want to meet the developers and other BSD users? Looking for a place to ask questions, share tips and discuss all things BSD? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may want to consider joining us for MeetBSD 2010 in Mountain View, California on November 5th & 6th. The registration fee is only $25 and you can register here.

If you have a commit bit for one of the BSD projects (src, ports, or docs) or have been a Summer of Code student for a BSD project, you are also welcome to attend the FreeBSD DevSummit on November 4th. Like previous DevSummits, add yourself to the wiki if you plan to attend. If you need to be sponsored (i.e. don’t have a FreeBSD commit bit), let Kris know and he’ll add you to the wiki page. While the DevSummit concentrates on FreeBSD, committers from the other BSD projects are also welcome as cross-pollination of ideas is always a good thing.

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