Author Archive

Sep
03

New PBIs: QutIM, John, JabRef, GanttProject, MAME

The following PBIs are now available in Software Manager:

  • QutIM: multiprotocol IM client, supports Jabber, ICQ and some other protocols. It offers a shiny QT4-based look and extra features like spam control, tabbed chat windows and others.
  • John: a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix (11 are officially supported, not counting different architectures), DOS, Win32, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords. Besides several crypt(3) password hash types most commonly found on various Unix flavors, supported out of the box are Kerberos AFS and Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 LM hashes, plus several more with contributed patches.
  • JabRef: an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format. As such it can also be considered a BibTeX editor.
  • GanttProject: lets you plan projects using a Gantt chart. GanttProject use a XML file format. It can export the project in HTML Web pages or PDF document (using XSLT) or image files.
  • MAME: stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game’s ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer. MAME can currently emulate several thousand different classic arcade video games from the late 1970s through the modern era.

Thanks to Sam Lin and Jesse smith for creating these PBIs. Keep up the good work!

Sep
03

PC-BSD: An Easy to Use BSD Desktop

My presentation for next week’s Ohio Linuxfest is available on Slideshare.

If you’re in the Columbus, OH area next week, drop by the BSD booth and pick up a free DVD of PC-BSD 8.1 and meet and chat with members of the PC-BSD team.

Aug
31

& Rescue and Gnumeric">PBIs for Search & Rescue and Gnumeric

The following PBIs are now available for installation through Software Manager:

  • Search and Rescue: a 3D flight simulator in which the player flies around
    the map rescuing people. The game has a selection of several different
    helicoptors and a jet airplane to choose from. The game includes
    training missions, more complete missions and a campaign mode as
    well as a free flight option for people who just want to explore.
  • Gnumeric: the goal of Gnumeric is to be the best possible spreadsheet. We are not attempting to clone existing applications. However, Gnumeric can read files saved with other spreadsheets and we offer a customizable feel that attempts to minimize the costs of transition.

Thanks to Jesse Smith and Sam Lin for creating these PBIs.

Aug
27

9.0">Feature Suggestions for 9.0

It’s still very early days for planning the features that will go into PC-BSD 9.0, but there is a start of a task list and some details on improvements that will be made to the PBI format.

We definitely want to hear from you about what you’d like to see included / changed / made better for this release. Currently we have two places you can make a suggestion: as a comment here and the Feature Requests forum. We’re also looking for other ways to have more interactive discussions. Some possibilities include:

  • BOFs at conferences (there is something to be said for face to face conversations)
  • scheduled periodic chat sessions on IRC spread over different dates with each date catching various time zones (e.g. Australia one week, Europe another week, etc.)

What are your suggestions?

Aug
27

Your Feedback on Screenshots

There’s a discussion in the comments section of the Using VirtualBox post which brings up the question of how screenshots should be handled in the Handbook. What’s your opinion? Do you find it useful if:

  • the screenshot shows the default values (what the user sees when they first access a menu or screen)
  • the screenshot shows the desired value (e.g. what the users sees after they make the demonstrated configuration change)
  • the screenshot includes a drop down menu selected (e.g. so the user sees some possible selection values)

While we’re on  the topic of screenshots, do you find an image for each possible screen and/or configuration within a screen to be helpful or distracting? Is it useful to describe in detail every possible configuration option in a particular screen, or is that distracting?

Please leave your comments and suggestions. They will help greatly in fleshing out a design that is useful to PC-BSD users (our ultimate goal for the Handbook).

Aug
25

Using VirtualBox

The Using VirtualBox section of the Handbook has been updated.

Leave a comment if you see anything amiss or want some more content added to this section e.g. it doesn’t answer a scenario that you have encountered using VirtualBox to install PC-BSD.

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