We’d like to take a moment to officially welcome Joe Maloney to the PC-BSD project as our Lead System Architect. Joe has been working as a volunteer developer with the PC-BSD project for several years and began committing to the project in 2013. Joe’s duties will include working on our command line utilities, bug fixing, managing the ports tree, and general creative control over old utilities that need to be revamped. Joe has 12+ years experience working with FreeBSD and works day to day as a Quality Assurance Engineer for iXsystems and has been doing excellent work writing new tests to make FreeNAS more resilient going forward. Take a moment and help us welcome Joe to the team!
If you missed the inaugural meeting of the Knoxville BSD User Group, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. Lead Documentation Expert and author for the PC-BSD and FreeNAS projects Dru Lavigne will be giving a talk: “You Too Can Doc Like an Egyptian”. For more information on meeting times and venue, please visit the Knoxville Tennessee BSD User Group’s web page. We hope to see you there!
ITwire.com just published a new interview with Kris! Check it out at the link below!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.