If any of you have tried to use the PC-BSD Translation / Pootle web interface in the last year you probably don’t have a lot of good things to say about it. A 35 word translation might take you a good 30 minutes between the load times (if you could even login to the site without it timing out). Thankfully those days are behind us! PC-BSD has upgraded their translation system to use Pootle version 188.8.131.52 and it is blazingly fast. I went through localizing a small 35 word applet for PC-BSD and it took me roughly 4 minutes compared to what would have taken at least half an hour before due to the slowness of the old pootle software. Check out the new translation site at translate.pcbsd.org.
There’s a couple of things you are going to want to keep in mind about the new translation system. You will have to create a new account. Upgrading Pootle directly was proving disastrous so we exported all the strings and imported them into the new Pootle server. What this means is no accounts were transferred since a direct upgrade was not done. This also means that the strings that were brought in also appear as “fuzzy” translations. If you have some free time you can help by going to the translation site and approving some of the fuzzy translations. Many languages have already been done they just need to be reviewed and marked as acceptable (uncheck the fuzzy box if you are 100% certain on the translation).
I hope you guys are as excited as I am over the new translation possibilities! For more information on how you can help with localization / translating contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hey everyone just a quick heads up we’ve just started a PC-BSD YouTube channel! If you want to check it out you can follow this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyd7MaPVUpa-ueUsGjUujag. Don’t forget to subscribe for new videos and if you have a video or tutorial you’d like to submit send it my way! We only have a couple videos right now so we need your help to grow our channel :). Also we’d love for you to submit your ideas we can do for videos in the future.
Will Backman has just posted his interview with Ken Moore about the new Lumina desktop environment on the bsdtalk website. The podcast is only 28 minutes long and goes into some of the history/motivation/philosophy of the project.
Hey PC-BSDers! This week we’re coming at you with some pretty sweet updates to PC-BSD. The mount tray has seen some significant improvement and is now able to mount most audio / dvd formats without a problem. Also windows partition types are now showing up correctly on my test system after building the new mount tray from source. The mount tray will also prompt you to open your disc with a program and will offer you correct suggestions based on the proper package / PBI. Ultimately the mount tray will most likely replace the built in mounting systems in the desktop environments. This is still a little ways off in the future, but the direction we are heading in.
We heard that there were some users that were experiencing problems upgrading and believe we have found the guilty party. I was able to duplicate the same package upgrade problem that was causing updates to 10.0.1 to fail, and asked Allan over at Scale Engine to give us a hand. Allan was able to track down the issue to a faulty distribution server that was interrupting connections and preventing the upgrades randomly. This server has been removed from service at this time and further work is going into preventing this from happening again in the future.
Work has begun to localize PC-BSD into the Hindi language. We’d like to give a shout out to the newest member of our translation team Simran. Thanks for your help and we are excited at the prospect for even more people to be able to use PC-BSD. Our estimated date of completion is 3 weeks from now. If you have an interest in this language please help us spread the word!
Other News / Projects for this week:
* Merged latest ports and gnome3 patches into ‘master’
* Merged in latest VirtualBox versions
* Wrote a userland replacement for the FUSE module to execute PBIs in a faster and less unstable manner (about 90% complete)
* Kicked off new -STABLE builds
* Update 9.x PBI’s
* Add new XDG-compatibility classes in libpcbsd (scanning/listing/filtering system applications)
* New Utility: pc-systemflag (shell) – pc-systemflag is used to set a flag/message on the system for cross-application communication
* Rewrite the pc-systemupdatertray utility to use the new SystemFlagWatcher. Is much simpler and more streamlined now.
* Add system flag usage to pc-softwaremanager for PBI update availability
* Add system flag usage to the pbi-manager (“pbi_update –check-all” usage only)
* Add system flag usage to pc-updatemanager (for all package and system updates/checks)
PC-BSD Joule Edition was featured on eweek.com last week! Check out the article “FreeBSD Open-Source OS Comes to the PC-BSD Desktop” by Sean Michael Kerner.
Do you consider yourself to be a new contributor to the PC-BSD project? In this context, new means within the last three years and contributions can be in the form of patches, code, documentation, translations, QA, or testing.
Kevin Carillo, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, is gathering information for his research topic about the influence of newcomer experience on contributor behavior and performance in Free/Open Source Software communities. He is interested in hearing from people who are either technical or non-technical contributors, and who have had either positive or negative newcomer experiences.
If you would like to participate, complete his anonymous survey. Kevin will post news about his progress with this research and the results at his blog.
When completing the survey, select FreeBSD in question number one and specify PC-BSD and the type of contribution in question number two.