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&A in this Week’s Issue of DistroWatch">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.


& 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.


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?

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