Author Archive

Oct
05

Handbook is Now in Sections

The PC-BSD Users Handbook has been divided into sections and each page now allows navigation to the previous and next pages as well as back to the Table of Contents. This restructuring is more user-friendly; it also allows Handbook contributors to more easily see which content needs updating.

The goal is to have the Handbook complete by end of year so an HTML and PDF copy can be generated and included with PC-BSD 8.2 (due to be released in the January/February timeframe). If you would like to help us update the content, create a wiki account and subscribe to the docs mailing list.

If you see anything that is glaringly missing in the Table of Contents, please leave a comment.

Oct
04

EuroBSDCon

Several members of the PC-BSD team will be at EuroBSDCon later this week. Kris Moore will be speaking; his presentation is entitled PC-SYSINSTALL — A new installer backend for PC-BSD & FreeBSD. We will also be giving out DVDs of PC-BSD 8.1 in the booth area of the conference. Hope to see some of you there!

Oct
03

2 and Update on Chromium PBI">New PBI: Aria2 and Update on Chromium PBI

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

Aria2: has a segmented downloading engine in its core. Therefore, it can download files a lot faster than ordinary browsers.

This was a much requested PBI; thanks to Jesse Smith for creating it.

Speaking of much requested PBIs, a bug was found in the recently released Chromium PBI. The buggy version was removed from the PBI download server and the corrected version should be available early next week.

Sep
30

New PBI: RAWstudio

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

RAWstudio: an open-source program to read and manipulate RAW images from most digital cameras. Rawstudio will convert your RAW files into JPEG, PNG or TIF images which you can then print or send to friends and clients. It has a graphical user interface, so you can simply open a RAW file and experiment with the controls to see how they effect the image.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for making this PBI.

Sep
29

2">New PBIs: Chromium and Emc2

Two new PBIs are now available in Software Manager:

Chromium: an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.

Emc2: a portable, interactive, graphical editor of two-dimensional mesh geometries. It can create and modify geometries (as in CAD), and define line discretizations, subdomains, and reference numbers (to take into account boundary conditions and material properties). Grid and Delaunay-Voronoi meshes composed of triangles or quadrilaterals can be regularized, rotated, and modified via the addition, removal, or moving of vertices.

Thanks to Kris Moore and Jesse Smith for these PBIs.

Sep
28

Make-A-PBI

Jesse Smith, an active PC-BSD user and creator of many PBIs, is working on a program that automates parts of the FreeBSD port to an 8.x PBI conversion process. If you would like to try his command line utility, check out his Make-A-PBI Sourceforge page. He’s open to feedback, bug reports, and patches–see the contact information at that website if you have any to submit. If there’s enough interest, he’ll submit the program to the FreeBSD ports collection.

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