LXDE is the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment and will be one of the window managers available for selection during a PC-BSD 9.0 install. You can see screenshots at this page of the LXDE website.
The existing FreeBSD port was quite out of date so Kris spent some time last week updating the port and adding some missing components. Since LXDE will be a desktop environment option in PC-BSD 9.0, we encourage as many people as possible to test this desktop environment and report any bugs on the PC-BSD LXDE forum.
Early testers can install the port using pkg_add –r lxde-meta on a FreeBSD system or from within Ports Jail on a PC-BSD system. A PBI request was submitted this morning and we’ll announce once a PBI is ready for testing.
For those of you interested in testing BBB (an open source VoIP web conferencing system similar to commercial applications such as Webex), I’ve written a how-to on setting it up on a FreeBSD or PC-BSD 8.1 system. When I get a chance, I’ll test it with webcamd and desktop sharing. Once better tested, we’ll see what we can do about getting a BSD version of BBB. Creating a port/PBI will be interesting due to the amount of configuration. It may be better suited as a warden inmate or a virtual image that someone can quickly download and deploy.
If you give the how-to a go, leave a comment if you run across any issues or have suggestions on streamlining the how-to or increasing its security settings. We’d also be interested in knowing if this is something you’d like to see installed with PC-BSD or as a separate PBI/inmate/image add-on.
One of the new features coming in 9.0 is the ability to select and run multiple window managers, meaning you no longer have to like KDE to like PC-BSD
We do realize that we’re opening up a can of worms in that we’ll be discovering lots of bugs in various window managers and/or their FreeBSD implementation. This can be seen as a great opportunity to get these bugs fixed, improving the desktop experience for both FreeBSD and PC-BSD users. In order to do so, we’ll need your help, especially if you have used your favourite window manager on a non-BSD system and have noticed usability differences in the BSD implementation.
To coordinate this effort, we’ve setup a Testing forum which contains sub-forums for KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, Fluxbox, and General Testing for all other window managers. Please read the “README First” thread before posting a bug report to a forum and leave a comment if you have other helpful information that you think should be included in that README thread.
If you start a thread, you should use Thread Tools -> Subscribe to this Thread so that you will be notified of any responses to your post. Alternately, if you’re interested in keeping up with all the threads for a particular window manager, you can use Forum Tools -> Subscribe to this Forum. As you subscribe, you can choose to be notified immediately, daily, or weekly.
Our goal is to help find and fix as many bugs as possible before 9.0 is released some time next summer.
We did some testing on 3G modems at OLF and loading the u3g driver seems to do the trick (earlier versions of FreeBSD had a conflict between u3g and umass but this seems to be fixed now). You can load the driver by issuing this command as the superuser:
If you would like the driver to autoload at boot time, carefully add this line to /boot/loader.conf:
Lars Engels also provided a useful link containing an exhaustive list of APNs, usernames and passwords.
Please let us know if further configuration settings are required (i.e. which are currently not possible to do within the System Network Configuration utility) in order to get your modem to work.
How to configure 3G modems comes up fairly frequently in the forums and, most recently, in this mailing list thread.
Since PC-BSD already provides a GUI for PPP/PPPoE configuration in System Settings -> System Network Configuration, it makes sense to add the necessary knobs here so that a user can easily setup their 3G modem. The problem is that the main developer does not have access to such a modem/network. If you use a 3G modem, you can help us add and test the required functionality needed in this GUI.
Leave a comment if you would like to become a 3G modem tester. Also leave a comment if you already know which steps are missing so we can start adding that functionality.