The PC-BSD development team has been abuzz this week with awesome suggestions on how we can standardize the way we write PC-BSD utilities and software. One thing we’ve begun to realize is that as more people are contributing to the project, it is ever more important to make sure that there are clear standards for development. Even our primary developers will admit it’s easy to forget to use the same icon pack, or file menu layout when you get busy writing the main program. Going forward you can expect these standards to impact most of the PC-BSD utilities and programs you use everyday, although in a relatively minor way. Everything will still function the exact same, but whether or not you are using AppCafe or the Warden you can expect the file menu layout / program layout to follow the same general rules. For more information please check out “Becoming a Developer” in the PC-BSD 10.1 wiki. If you’d like to join the discussion you can email email@example.com.
I’ve seen some discussion lately about the life cycle of PC-BSD branches. I sat down with Kris Moore in IRC and asked if he wouldn’t mind clarifying the release cycle for our users. Kris answered the general rule of thumb you can use is a branch will continue to be supported for 6 months after the next branch is released. The updates include all of the things you would expect like new PBI and security updates. So for users of 9.2 you can expect support to continue through June of 2014. 9 Stable was a “experimental” branch and is no longer supported at this time. Users of 9 Stable are encouraged to upgrade to 9.2 or 10.0 Release to continue to receive important updates.
You can expect to see tons of improvements coming up for PC-BSD 10.1. One of the biggest being Kris and Yuri have been working to fix Linux jail support in the Warden. A handful of commits went into the tree today that will address the previous problems users have been having with Linux jails. Kris has continued to refine the Warden and PBI systems to fix some bugs that were causing major stability issues in certain scenarios. Minor cosmetic changes are coming for most PC-BSD utilities to bring them up to the same standards outlined in the “Become a Developer” section in the PC-BSD 10.1 wiki.
That’s it for this week folks. Lots of good things in the works so stay tuned to the blog for more important PC-BSD news!
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.
Today’s episode of BSD Now features an interview with Glen Barber from the FreeBSD release engineering team. Glen will discuss how FreeBSD release engineering works and what his role is on the release engineering team, the new features in the upcoming 9.2-RELEASE, and his new role with the FreeBSD Foundation.
This episode also discusses the latest news including a 3x speed improvement in FreeBSD disk encryption, OpenBSD’s Y2038 patch, the New Xorg/mesa, a tutorial on poudriere (binary package building), and viewer feedback questions.
This episode can be streamed live at 2:00PM EDT, 18:00 UTC. Afterwards, the episode will be archived on the same web page. Again, Kris Moore will be the co-host.
Unixmen has posted their interview with Kris Moore. In it, Kris discusses why he started the PC-BSD project, why it is based on FreeBSD, and some of the advantages it provides over a user-friendly Linux distro.
BSDTalk has an interview with Kris Moore that was recorded during BSDCan. Kris talks about the features going into PC-BSD 9.1. The interview is available in mp3 and ogg formats.
As part of their Developer’s Corner series, iXsystems has posted an interview with lead PC-BSD developer, Kris Moore. The interview hints at some of the exciting features being developed for 9.1.
Speaking of exciting features, we expect the next testing snapshot to be ready in a week or so. This snapshot will include the changes to Warden which will make it easier than ever to manage jails on a PC-BSD system.