Jan
14

New PBIs: OpenTTD and Amanda

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

OpenTTD: a clone of Transport Tycoon Deluxe, a popular Microprose game originally written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.

Amanda: a backup system designed to archive many computers on a network to a single large-capacity tape drive.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs.

Jan
14

Looking for MythTV PBI Testers

A PBI module has been created for MythTV, but we need testers to see if it works and to provide feedback on its usage. Testing this PBI will also allow feedback on whether the current webcamd drivers support TV tuner cards and to ensure that the webcam man pages are accurate regarding those cards. I suspect that MythTV on PC-BSD will be a process as we discover what hardware is supported, get some usage docs written, and fix any PBI and/or webcam glitches that are discovered along the way.

If you’d like to try out the PBI, download the one that is appropriate for your architecture.

To install, you can either double-click the downloaded PBI in sudolphin or, as the superuser, install it with the /PCBSD/Scripts/runpbi.sh /PATH/TO/PBI command.

Wikipedia indicates that you’ll also need a supported TV tuner card or a firewire connection to a digital set-top box.

We’ll be revamping the Multimedia section of the Handbook for 9.0. For now, I’ve started a placeholder for MythTV. Feel free to add the results of your tests there. You can also leave a comment here or on the pbi-dev mailing list.

Jan
11

7.x">End of Life Announcement for PC-BSD 7.x

With the release of version 8.2 just around the corner, and PC-BSD 9.0 slated for later this year, we will be stopping the production of new packages / PBIs for the PC-BSD 7.x series in the near future. Users still running on 7.x are highly encouraged to upgrade to the 8.x series in order to obtain the latest versions of PBI packaged software applications. While new PBIs for 7.x will no longer be built, we will still maintain an archives of the 7.x PBIs on our FTP site for historical purposes:

7.x 64bit PBIs

7.x 32bit PBIs

Dec
15

New PBI: GMT

The following PBI is now available from Software Manager:

GMT: Generic Mapping Tools is a collection of public-domain Unix tools that allows you to manipulate x,y and x,y,z data sets (filtering, trend fitting, gridding, projecting, etc.) and produce PostScript illustrations ranging from simple x-y plots, via contour maps, to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3-d perspective views in black/white or 24bit color. Linear, log10, and power scaling is supported in addition to 25 common map projections. The processing and display routines within GMT are completely general and will handle any (x,y) or (x,y,z) data as input.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating this PBI and P202 for requesting it.

Dec
10

3D, Poedit, Kid3, and OpenTaxSolver">New PBIs: Wings3D, Poedit, Kid3, and OpenTaxSolver

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

Wings3D: an open source polygon mesh modeler inspired by Nendo. It allows you to intuitively build a 3D mesh and even assign materials to it.

Poedit: a cross-platform gettext catalogs (.po files) editor. It is built with wxWidgets toolkit and can run on any platform supported by it. It aims to provide a more convenient approach to editing catalogs than launching vi and editing the file by hand.

Kid3: an application to edit the ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags in MP3 files in an efficient way. Also tags in Ogg/Vorbis and FLAC files are supported.

OpenTaxSolver: a free program for calculating Tax Form entries and tax-owed or refund-due, such as US Federal or State personal income taxes. An optional graphical front-end, OTS_GUI, has been added. Preliminary versions for Canada and the United Kingdom were posted in previous years and may be updated with help from volunteers.

Thanks to Rick Richard, Sam Lin and Joachim Holzwarth for creating these PBIs.

Dec
09

117, and PSPP">New PBIs: Calibre, GL-117, and PSPP

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

Calibre: a complete e-library solution that includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, e-book reader sync features, and an integrated e-book viewer.

GL-117: an action flight simulator. Enter the Eagle Squadron and succeed in several challanging missions leading though different landscapes. Five predefined levels of video quality and an amount of viewing ranges let you perfectly adjust the game to the performance of your system.

PSPP: a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It interprets commands in the SPSS language and produces tabular output in ASCII or PostScript format.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to bsdaddict and abik for requesting them.

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