Mar
21

Not This Year

Google has announced their mentoring organizations for GSoC 2011. Unfortunately we didn’t make the cut this year, though 417 organizations were vying for 175 slots. Maybe next year :-)

If you are a student and are interested in a BSD summer of code project, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and DragonFly BSD are participating in GSoC 2011. Click each link to see that Project’s ideas page.

You’re still welcome to visit our ideas page and to contribute.

Feb
24

8.2 Released">PC-BSD 8.2 Released

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE, and KDE 4.5.5

Version 8.2 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. Some of the notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.2-Release
  • KDE 4.5.5
  • Added ability to select file-system type and encryption during auto-partitioning
  • Able to toggle between MBR/GPT partitioning
  • Various bug fixes to the wireless / network managers

Version 8.2 of PC-BSD is available for download from the website as well as via torrent.

Feb
16

GEM, KMS and DRI

Looks like FreeBSD / PC-BSD will be getting support for GEM/KMS in the near future!

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Konstantin 
Belousov has been awarded a grant to implement support of GEM,
KMS, and DRI for Intel Drivers. This project is being 
co-sponsored by iXsystems.

The project is to implement GEM, port KMS, and write new 
DRI drivers for Intel Graphics, including the latest 
Sandy Bridge generation of integrated graphic units. 
The work should allow the latest Intel open-source driver 
to run on FreeBSD, expanding the range of hardware where 
FreeBSD is suitable for the desktop.

For more details, take a look at the announcement e-mail:

http://​lists​.freebsd​.org/​p​i​p​e​r​m​a​i​l​/​f​r​e​e​b​s​d​-​a​n​n​o​u​n​c​e​/​2011​-​F​e​b​r​u​a​r​y​/​001361​.​h​tml

Jan
11

2011">PC-BSD development in 2011

Gerard van Essen of FreeBSD News has a blog post about PC-BSD’s plans for this year:

Today Kris Moore, the project’s founder, announced PC-BSD 8.2RC1 and with regards to his plans for 2011 he writes:

For 8.2, it is mainly a release to include the latest FreeBSD 8.2 / KDE 4.5.4. Also some bug fixes are present for advanced partitioning, letting the user select between MBR/GPT, and easily toggle between UFS+S/ZFS.

On the 9.0 front, we’ve implemented a new system of “meta-pkgs” which will let users customize their particular desktop based upon the available packages in the release. This means we can now select alternative desktop environments, such as Gnome/KDE/LXDE/XFCE and others. In order to accomplish this, all of our tools have been re-written in pure QT4, removing any requirements for KDE4 to be present.

You can read the rest of his post here.

Nov
06

Interview with Kris Moore on BSDTalk

Kris Moore was interviewed for BSDTalk yesterday during MeetBSD California. In the interview, he discusses the 9.0 alpha snapshot and some of the stuff he’s working on for PC-BSD 9.0. You can listen to the interview in mp3 or ogg format.

Oct
12

EuroBSDCon Presentation on pc-sysinstall

There was a lot of interest about the changes to the pc-sysinstall backend during Kris’ presentation at EuroBSDCon. For those of you used to FreeBSD’s sysinstall, you’ll appreciate some of the features which are available in pc-sysinstall. For those of you new to pc-sysinstall, it is a scriptable command line utility which drives the PC-BSD GUI installer (and can also be used for system administrators to script custom installs). It has been totally redesigned for PC-BSD 9 and supports modern FreeBSD filesystems (ZFS, UFS+SUJ), gpart, and geli.

The presentation was not recorded, but you can download the PDF of the paper behind the presentation. It describes the design behind the rewrite and offers several configuration examples for creating custom installations. Please note that the svn URL on the last page of the PDF will fail as pc-sysinstall was committed to FreeBSD HEAD after the paper was submitted.

If you would like to try out pc-sysinstall, you can use the following commands, run as superuser, from either a FreeBSD or a PC-BSD system:

setenv CVSROOT :pserver:anoncvs@anoncvs.fr.FreeBSD.org/home/ncvs
touch /root/.cvspass
cvs login
(use password of anoncvs)
cvs checkout –A –P usr.sbin/pc-sysinstall
cd usr.sbin/pc-sysinstall
rm Makefile.inc
make
mkdir –p /usr/share/pc-sysinstall/backend
mkdir /usr/share/pc-sysinstall/backend-partmanager
mkdir /usr/share/pc-sysinstall/backend-query
mkdir –p /usr/share/pc-sysinstall/conf/license
mkdir /usr/share/pc-sysinstall/doc
mkdir /usr/share/examples/pc-sysinstall
make install

Note to PC-BSD users: PC-BSD 8.x comes with the original installer located in /usr/PCBSD/pc-sysinstall. If you run the commands listed above, you’ll find the new installer backend in /usr/share/pc-sysinstall.

more /usr/share/examples/pc-sysinstall/README is an excellent place to start as it describes each configuration possibility.

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