In the words of Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory TV Show), “i’m not insane…my mother had me tested”. That’s the way i’m sure many of the devs felt at the end of this week. While fending off the impending insanity caused by lack-of-flash-itis, the reason for our package issues with version 10.0 finally have started to come into focus. For more information on the package / pkgng debacle please see this blog post: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2013/12/end-of-the-pkg-woes/. Though we typically just recommend users just upgrade to new package sets, I personally opted to do a complete reinstall of 10.0 Beta P6. The primary issue myself and many other developers kept running into was issues with the centOS linux compatibility layer that was just too buggy to make good use of at this time.
In other similar news PC-BSD is likely to begin starting a new version naming system to help differentiate the different types of releases and hopefully offer a little more clarity to users that may be less than familiar with the conventional FreeBSD naming system. Along with the new naming system a new package release schedule will also be added to help users maintain more stability by not having to update their packages every couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more information on this as it develops.
Flash is now working in both firefox and chromium as well as many other internet browsers. The new PBI’s have been approved and include the fixes to make sure flash works with all the recent changes in version PC-BSD 10.0. For Chromium look for the version of 31 ending in .63. For Firefox look for version 25_01. I’m not sure if the issue is widespread but there was an additional step needed to make flash work in firefox on one of my primary test systems. If flash is working in other browsers, but not firefox run the command nspluginwrapper –v –a –i. For some reason flashpluginctl on / off was not running the script as it was supposed to. From most mainstream testing this looks to be a fairly minor and isolated issue.
PBI’s continue to be added to the PC-BSD AppCafe as well as tons of new compatibility updates for current 10.0 PBI’s. Total PBI’s ready for PC-BSD’s 10.0 release are now in excess of 720. PC-BSD version 9.2 has also been receiving tons of PBI updates so make sure to check those out as well!
Special thanks to Ken and Kris both as well for all the bug fixes you guys have committed this week (and for listening to my non-stop rants on why flash is so important). The schedule has been insane, but the light at the end of the tunnel is near.
As we go into the new year soon we’d like to tell everyone thank you and wish you the best during the holidays. I will now leave you with a bit of holiday cheer for all of who have or will experience that inevitable holiday computer failure.
Best Regards and Happy Holidays,
On the twelfth day I left it, my PC gave to me:
Twelve programs stalling;
Eleven chips a-smoking;
Ten ports a-jamming;
Nine jails a-frying;
Eight times i’m crying;
Seven blown partitions;
Six bad controllers;
Five seeeeeeg faults; (singer should hold out seg just FYI)
Four bad blocks;
Three bad controllers;
Two faulty pools;
And a burnt-out CPU fan.
We’ll be giving out PC-BSD and FreeNAS swag and accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation at two events this week:
All Things Open will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. We’ll be at booth #18 in the expo area. Expo hours are 9–5 on Wednesday, October 23 and 9–4 on Thursday, October 24. Registration is required for this event.
vBSDCon will be held at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA. This BSD conference starts with a welcome dinner on Friday evening followed by a hacker lounge and doc sprint. There will be presentations on Saturday and Sunday and the BSDA certification exam on Saturday evening. Saturday evening will also host a social event, hacking lounge, and doc sprint. We’ll have a booth in the expo area. The registration fee for this event is $75.
There will be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area of LinuxCon, to be held at the Hyatt New Orleans from September 16–18. Expo hours are from 9:00–19:30 on September 16 and 9:00–16:00 on September 17. As usual, we’ll be giving out cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation. If you are attending the conference, be sure to drop by and say hi!
Note that this conference is not free to attend and requires registration. There is a discount for students and a limited number of scholarships are available for active members of an open source community.
We’re also excited that Matt Ahrens, co-founder of ZFS, will be presenting Open ZFS on Linux: How the Linux, FreeBSD, and Illumos Communities are Joining Forces to Continue Improving Open-Source ZFS on September 17 at 15:10.
Several members of the PC-BSD team will be attending Ohio LinuxFest, to be held in Columbus, OH from September 13–15. Registration is required to attend Ohio LinuxFest, but registration is free.
We’re excited that Kirk McKusick will be delivering the closing keynote on Saturday, September 14. The topic of the keynote will be Building and Running and Open-Source Community: The FreeBSD Project.
Ken Moore will present “PC-BSD: Ports, Packages, and PBIs” at 11:00 on Saturday and Dru Lavigne will present “ZFS 101″ at 15:00 on Saturday.
There will also be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area on Saturday, September 14 where we’ll be giving out cool swag as well as PC-BSD DVDs and FreeNAS CDs. Donations to the Foundation will be accepted at the booth. If you’re at the conference, drop by and say hi!
The BSDA certification exam will be held at 11:00 on Sunday, September 14. The cost of the exam is $75 and you can register for the exam here.
FOSSCON will be held at the Friends Center in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, August 10 from 8:00–18:00. Registration is free for this event.
There will be a BSD booth in the Expo area. We will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs and other cool swag, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Dru Lavigne will present “Introducing FreeNAS 9.1″ at 11:35 and Dan Langille will present “Bacula: The Networked Backup Open Source Solution” at 13:35.
The BSDA certification exam will be held at 14:35. The cost for the exam is $75.
Indiana LinuxFest will be held at the Wyndham Indianapolis Hotel in Indianapolis, IN from Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28. Registration is free for this event.
There will be a BSD booth in the Expo area on Saturday from 8:00–18:30. We will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and other cool swag, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Ken Moore will present “Getting Started with PC-BSD” at 10:30 on July 27. Kris Moore will present “Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC-BSD systems” at 13:00 on July 27.
The BSDA certification exam will be held at 11:00 on July 28. The cost for the exam is $75.