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 220.127.116.11 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 email@example.com.
Hey guys check out our video on KDEConnect in PC-BSD on YouTube! It’s an awesome new app that allows you to receive text messages, phone notifications, incoming calls notifications, media remote control, and more!
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.
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next PC-BSD quarterly package update, version 10.0.3!
This update includes a number of important bug-fixes, as well as newer packages and desktops. Packages such as Chromium 37.0.2062.94, Cinnamon 2.2.14, Lumina 0.6.2 and more. This release also includes a CD-sized ISO of TrueOS, for users who want to install a server without X. For more details and updating instructions, refer to the notes below.
We are already hard at work on the next major release of PC-BSD, 10.1 later this fall, which will include FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE under the hood. Users interested in following along with development should sign up for our Testing mailing list.
PC-BSD Notable Changes
* Cinnamon 2.2.14
* Chromium 37.0.2062.94
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.6.2-beta
* Pkg 1.3.7
* Various fixes to the Appcafe Qt UI
* Bugfixes to Warden / jail creation
* Fixed a bug with USB media not always being bootable
* Fixed several issues with Xorg setup
* Improved Boot-Environments to allow “beadm activate” to set default
* Support for jail “bulk” creation via Warden
* Fixes for relative ZFS dataset mount-point creation via Warden
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition
Along with our traditional PC-BSD DVD ISO image, we have also created a CD-sized ISO image of TrueOS, our server edition.
This is a text-based installer which includes FreeBSD 10.0-Release under the hood. It includes the following features:
* ZFS on Root installation
* Boot-Environment support
* Command-Line versions of PC-BSD utilities, such as Warden, Life-Preserver and more.
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition
We have some additional features also in the works for 10.1 and later, stay tuned this fall for more information.
Due to some changes with how pkgng works, it is recommended that all users update via the command-line using the following steps:
# pkg update –f
# pkg upgrade pkg
# pkg update –f
# pkg upgrade
# pc-extractoverlay ports
PKGNG may need to re-install many of your packages to fix an issue with shared library version detection. If you run into issues doing this, or have conflicts, please open a bug report with the output of the above commands.
If you run into shared library issues running programs after upgrading, you may need to do a full-upgrade with the following:
# pkg upgrade –f
10.0.3 DVD/USB media can be downloaded from this URL via HTTP or Torrent.
Found a bug in 10.0.3? Please report it (with as much detail as possible) to our new RedMine Database.
By popular demand, the source tree for the Lumina project has just been moved to its own repository within the main PC-BSD project tree on GitHub.
In addition to this, an official FreeBSD port for Lumina was just committed to the FreeBSD ports tree which uses the new repo.
By the way, here is a quick usage summary for those that are interested in how “light” Lumina 0.6.2 is on PC-BSD 10.0.3:
System: Netbook with a single 1.6GHz atom processor and 2GB of memory (Fresh installation of PC-BSD 10.0.3 with Lumina 0.6.2)
Usage: ~0.2–0.4% CPU and ~120MB active memory use (no apps running except an xterm with “top” after a couple minutes for the PC-BSD tray applications to start up and settle down)
As we are getting ready for PC-BSD 10.0.3, I wanted to share a little preview of what to expect with the Lumina desktop environment as you move from version 0.4.0 to 0.6.2.
To give you a quick summary, pretty much everything has been updated/refined, with several new utilities written specifically for Lumina. The major new utility is the “Insight” file manager: with ZFS snapshot integration, multimedia player, and image slideshow viewer capabilities built right in by default. It also has a new snapshot utility and the desktop configuration utility has been completely rewritten. I am going to be listing more details about all the updates between the versions below, but for those of you who are not interested in the details, you can just take a look at some screenshots instead.…
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(Moving from 0.4.0 to 0.6.2)
- A desktop plugin system has been implemented, with two plugins available at the moment (a calandar plugin, and an application launcher plugin).
– The panel plugin system has been refined quite a bit, with transparency support for the panel itself and automatic plugin resizing for example.
– A new panel plugin has been added: the system dashboard. This plugin allows control over the audio volume, screen brightness, and current workspace, while also displaying the current battery status (if applicable) and containing a button to let the user log out (or shutdown/restart the system).
– The user button panel plugin has been re-implemented as well, and incorporating the functionality of the desktopbar plugin. Now the user has quick access to files/application in the ~/Desktop folder, as well as the ability to add/remove shortcuts to system applications in the desktop folder with one click.
– New backgrounds wallpapers and project logo (courtesy of iXsystems).
NOTE: Users of the older versions of the Lumina desktop will have their configuration files returned to the defaults after logging in to the new version for the first time.
The new file manager (lumina-fm, also called “Insight”):
– Browse the system and allow the bookmarking of favorite directories
– Simple multimedia player to allow playing/previewing multimedia files
– Image slideshow viewer for previewing image files
– Full ZFS file/directory restore functionality if ZFS snapshots are available
– Menu shortcuts to quickly browse attached/mounted devices
– Tabbing support for browsing multiple directories at once
– Standard file/directory management (copy/paste/delete/create)
– Supported multimedia and image formats are auto-detected on start, so if a particular file is not recognized, you just need to install the appropriate library or plugin on your system to provide support (none required by default).
The new screenshot utility (lumina-screenshot):
– Simple utility to create/save screenshots on the system.
– Can capture the entire system, or individual windows.
– Can delay the image capture for a few seconds as necessary
– Automatically assigned to the “Print Screen” keyboard shortcut by default, but also listed in the application registry under utilities.
The configuration utility (lumina-config):
– Competely new implementation
– Configure desktop appearance (background image, add desktop plugins)
– Configure panels (location, color/transparency, size, manage plugins, up to 2 panels supported per screen)
– Configure right-click menu plugins
– Manage/set global keyboard shortcuts (including shortcuts for adjusting audio volume or screen brightness)
– Manage/set default applications for the system by categories or individually
– Manage session options (enable numlock on log in, play audio chimes)
– Manage/set applications/files to be launched on log in
– Manage window system options (appearance, mouse focus policy, window placement policy, number of workspaces)
The application/file opener utility (lumina-open):
– Update the overall appearance of the application selector window.
– Fully support registered mime-types on the system now, and recommend those applications as appropriate.