May
05

Looking for CPULimit Testers

LimitCPU is a Linux program to throttle the CPU cycles used by other applications. LimitCPU will monitor a process and make sure its CPU usage stays at or below a given percentage. This can be used to make sure your system has plenty of CPU cycles available for other tasks. It can also be used to keep laptops cool in the face of CPU-hungry processes and for limiting virtual machines. It is based on an earlier project known as CPUlimit.

Jesse Smith is working to make CPUlimit more compatible with FreeBSD and PC-BSD. He has committed a FreeBSD port (sysutils/cpulimit) and would like to fine-tune it a bit and gather more feedback from BSD users as some of the code which is used to check the CPU cycles is Linux specific. He wants to make sure that the port properly detects and throttles CPU usage on a wide variety of systems.

If you have time to test the port, please send your feedback to Jesse at the email address listed here.

May
04

9 Snapshot Includes Control Panel and MythTV Improvements">Latest 9 Snapshot Includes Control Panel and MythTV Improvements

Kris has just announced that the next testing snapshot is available. Some of the changes will be of interest to MythTV and multiple window manager users:

The next snapshot for PC-BSD 9-CURRENT is now available for download.

Snapshot instructions and general information on providing testing feedback are available here.

This snapshot includes the following changes:

  • Update to Control-panel allows it to detect the current window manager and display the configuration tools provided by that desktop environment. Included is a CLI de-info script to get current desktop as well as a list of all installed desktop environments. Thanks to Yuri Momotiuk for this cool feature.
  • Added several new MythTV plugins and related ports as well as an icon for MythTV initial setup. We’re looking for MythTV users to test these changes and help with documenting MythTV usage in the Handbook.
  • Fixed some typos in pbi-manager man pages.
  • Corrected some incorrect wallpaper re-sizing on the installer.
  • Updated nvidia driver to 270.41.06 which adds support for several GPUs.
  • Fixed nvidia driver not loading kernel module at boot.
  • Allow user mounting of mmcsd(4) MMC and SD memory cards.
  • Added uhidd (USB human interface devices) to the base-system.
  • Fixes to the network manager for setting up IPv6 gateway / DNS.
  • Fixed bugs in the System Manager checking out ports / system source.
  • Added patch for pc-sysinstall which improves wiping backup GPT partition tables.
  • Fixed issue with optional components, source / ports not being installed from DVD
  • Updated the default beastie.4th boot-splash menu to boot quicker, and more easily halt the countdown
Apr
26

9-Current 20110425 Snapshot Available">9-Current 20110425 Snapshot Available

Kris has announced that the next testing snapshot is available:

The next PC-BSD 9-CURRENT 20110425 snapshot is now available for download.

Changes:

  • Fixed issue launching the handbook icon
  • Fixes for using GELI with a passphrase and not key files
  • Fixed running the installer via the LIVE DVD / USB images
  • Numerous fixes to window-managers, stray icons, missing configurations, etc
  • Started adding theme data, such as wallpapers, icons and related configuration

Known Issues:

  • Still working on some bugs related to loading / using the nvidia binary drivers
  • The installer wallpaper may show up with incorrect re-sizing

For answers to common questions, including how to provide feedback, please refer to the snapshot page on the wiki.

Apr
24

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.

Apr
17

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.

Apr
17

20110414 Available">Testing Snapshot 20110414 Available

The next PC-BSD 9 snapshot is now available for both amd64 and i386.

Kris has created a new Wiki page with details about the snapshots. Please take a look at it before installing any snapshots:

Changes in this snapshot:

  • KDE 4.6.2
  • Updated the port for gksu and fixed bugs running apps as root
  • Many improvements to AppCafe
  • Installing PBIs as user now adds binaries to PATH
  • Many bug fixes to menu icons / LXDE / KDE4 / Gnome that were reported by testers of the last snapshot
  • Using GELI with a password doesn’t create additional key files now
  • Installer hides “FreeBSD” option when it isn’t available on the current media

Known Issue:

  • The handbook desktop link doesn’t work. This is fixed in SVN and will be in the next snapshot.

Please send any bug reports to the testing mailing list.

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