PBI Manager Now Available in FreeBSD Ports

Yesterday Kris committed PBI Manager to the FreeBSD ports collection (/ports-mgmt/pbi-manager). This means that you don’t have to wait for PC-BSD 9.0 to be released to try out the new command line suite of PBI tools.

You can find some documentation on the various tools in this section of the PC-BSD 9.0 Handbook. Users are welcome to add to this section to help other users get the most out of PBI Manager.

NOTE: PBI files created for PC-BSD 7.x/8.x (i.e. those available from pbidir​.com) will NOT work with PBI Manager as the PBI format has changed for 9.0. You can find the locations of 9 PBIs here.


New PBIs: MuSE and LMMS

The following PBIs are now available in Software Manager:

MuSE: MuSE is an application for the mixing, encoding, and network streaming of sound. MuSE can simultaneously mix up to 6 encoded audio bitstreams (from files or network) plus a sound card input signal. The resulting stream can be played locally on the sound card and/or encoded as an mp3 bitstream sent to a broadcast server. MuSE offers an intuitive interface to be operated realtime and can run in “slick” mode from command line.

LMMS: LMMS aims to be a free alternative to popular (but commercial and closed-source) programs like FruityLoops, Cubase and Logic giving you the ability of producing music with your computer by creating cool loops, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples, having more fun with your MIDI keyboard and much more. LMMS combines the features of a tracker/sequencer program (pattern/channel/ sample/song/effect management) and those of powerful synthesizers and samplers in a modern, user-friendly and easy to use graphical user interface.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to Blazing Teens for requesting them.


4.0.6">Call for Testers: VirtualBox 4.0.6

The FreeBSD VirtualBox porters team is looking for testers for the latest version of VirtualBox.

PC-BSD users can test the 32-bit or 64-bit PBI (thanks to Ken Moore, Kris Moore, and Jesse Smith for creating these).

FreeBSD users can download a tarball of the 7.4 and 8.2 32-bit and 64-bit ports.

Details about the changes in this version and the checksums for the FreeBSD ports can be found in the initial announcement. If you test the port or PBI, please post your feedback on either the freebsd-emulation list or the pbi-dev list.


More New PBIs: GoldenDict, FreeCol, and ClipGrab

The following PBIs are now available in Software Manager:

GoldenDict: a feature-rich dictionary lookup program.

FreeCol: an open source version of Colonization.

ClipGrab: program to download videos from YouTube, Dailymotion or Veoh and convert them into formats like WMV, MPEG or MP3.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to burak, ONeill, and Licorne Negro for requesting these PBIs.


New PBIs: Ted, PiTiVi, Password Gorilla, and NumptyPhysics

The following PBIs are now available from Software Manager:

Ted: a wysiwyg text editor.

PiTiVi: a free, intuitive and featureful movie editor.

Password Gorilla: a cross-platform password manager that is compatible with Microsoft’s Password Safe.

NumptyPhysics: a drawing puzzle game in the spirit and style of Crayon Physics using Box2D engine.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to burak, thenewguy, bforest, and yurkis for requesting these PBIs.


Make-A-PBI Improvements

Jesse Smith has uploaded a new version of Make-A-PBI. This version, 1.0, has some important improvements. Make-A-PBI can now attempt to make a PBI module without building/installing the associated port. This means that Make-A-PBI can run in seconds, rather than over several minutes/hours, and the program no longer needs to be run as root.

The building/installing options are still available for people who want to make sure their modules will build properly, but for making quick-n-dirty modules, run this command:

pbimaker –8 –s /usr/ports/category/portname

Which will make a PBI (version 8) port. You can make version 9 modules with this command:

pbimaker –9 –s /usr/ports/cateogry/portname

Often port icons are hard to find due to naming conventions; you can force the program to use a specific icon name with:

pbimaker –8 –s –b /path/to/default/icon /usr/ports/category/portname

Make-A-PBI can be downloaded from here. The install/usage instructions can be found here.

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