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Finding Supported Hardware

Having a searchable list/database of supported hardware is always a good thing and something we don’t currently have. This recent thread in the Advocacy forum suggests a layout similar to Haiku’s hardware page.

We can add a similar page to the PC-BSD website, but definitely need your help researching information to include. Beyond the FreeBSD Hardware list and the FreeBSD Laptop compatability list, are you aware of other lists of supported hardware? Are you aware of any OEMs that provide supported hardware?

Also, we’re looking for suggestions on where to put this info on the website so it is easy to find. Is there a current entry in the menu bar that makes sense to link to? Should another entry be added to the red menu bar or the white area above it? Should a button be added somewhere else on the main page? If so, any takers on designing such button?


Looking for 3G Modem Testers

How to configure 3G modems comes up fairly frequently in the forums and, most recently, in this mailing list thread.

Since PC-BSD already provides a GUI for PPP/PPPoE configuration in System Settings -> System Network Configuration, it makes sense to add the necessary knobs here so that a user can easily setup their 3G modem. The problem is that the main developer does not have access to such a modem/network. If you use a 3G modem, you can help us add and test the required functionality needed in this GUI.

Leave a comment if you would like to become a 3G modem tester. Also leave a comment if you already know which steps are missing so we can start adding that functionality.


PC-BSD Q&A in this Week’s Issue of DistroWatch

Jesse Smith from DistroWatch (who himself has written about PC-BSD for BSD Mag and who has submitted many PBIs) recently asked DistroWatch readers to submit questions about PC-BSD for me to answer. The questions and answers appear in this week’s issue of Distrowatch.


Advocacy Ideas

A forum thread from earlier this year was brought up on the IRC channel this week. It appears that the Advocacy forum was lost during the forum migration so it was re-added today and is located here.

I also added a Get Involved! link to the main menubar of the website. There’s some content there but I’m sure there are many other suggestions that can be added. Please leave a comment here or start a thread on the Advocacy forum if you have other suggestions.


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!


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.

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