John has been working on enhancements to the backend of pc-sysinstaller. He describes his progress so far and brainstorms possible future features with Will Backman on today’s issue of BSDTalk. John hopes to have testing snapshots that include his changes in time for MeetBSD in early November and we’ll announce them here when they are available so you can check them out.
The PC-BSD translation team uses Pootle to manage its translations. Josh has just finished a test upgrade to Pootle and is looking for testers’ feedback before initiating the actual migration:
I have a new version of pootle and translate toolkit up. There were some issues with the migration, some of the strings were mangled in the database, I think this is the bug that has been causing regressions in the pootle engine, but I’m not sure.
The new version should be quite a bit faster, and also it adds support for translation suggestions from google.
This is a test migration, I’ll be doing the real migration this weekend unless people have issues with this that I can’t easily fix between now and this weekend. Please please don’t do large translations on this instance, as it will be resynced from the live site this weekend and all changes will be lost.
I’m also taking suggestions for a new URL, the current one is pretty lame. Maybe translations.pcbsd.org?
The test migration URL is here. Please send any feedback to Josh.
Yesterday Kris uploaded the PC-BSD update that addresses a recent security issue detailed in this FreeBSD Security Advisory.
To apply the update on your PC-BSD system, use Update Manager, then reboot for the fix to take effect.
LXDE is the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment and will be one of the window managers available for selection during a PC-BSD 9.0 install. You can see screenshots at this page of the LXDE website.
The existing FreeBSD port was quite out of date so Kris spent some time last week updating the port and adding some missing components. Since LXDE will be a desktop environment option in PC-BSD 9.0, we encourage as many people as possible to test this desktop environment and report any bugs on the PC-BSD LXDE forum.
Early testers can install the port using pkg_add -r lxde-meta on a FreeBSD system or from within Ports Jail on a PC-BSD system. A PBI request was submitted this morning and we’ll announce once a PBI is ready for testing.
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.
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!