Aug
04

RSS Feeds for Forums

The PC-BSD Forums now have the following RSS feeds, making it handy to see new threads in your favourite RSS reader:

http://​forums​.pcbsd​.org/​e​x​t​e​r​n​a​l​.​php

http://​forums​.pcbsd​.org/​e​x​t​e​r​n​a​l​.​p​h​p​?​t​y​p​e​=​R​SS2

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Aug
03

New PBI: Xfe

The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:

Xfe: X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander. Xfe aims to be the file manager of choice for Unix addicts.

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

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Aug
01

9.0-BETA1">Release Announcement: PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release in the new 9.x series. 9.0-BETA1 is now available for download from the website or ftp server.

Caution

This is a BETA release, for early adopters and testers. Please use caution deploying in production environments. Additionally only a small number of apps are currently packaged and available in the new AppCafe. We will be releasing more in the upcoming weeks, but users who rely on a particular application may wish to wait until 9.0-Release before upgrading.

Major Changes

* Now supports multiple Window Managers, such as:
— KDE 4
— GNOME 2
— XFCE 4
— LXDE
— And many more!
* Support for “meta-pkgs”, allowing the user to customize their installed system with a variety of software.
* Improved PBI system, allows sharing of files / libraries between applications for reduced disk / runtime space.
* New AppCafe, allow easy browsing, installing and managing Applications
* Updated to the installer, allowing easy setup of ZFS, GELI encryption and more!
* Many improvements to networking setup GUIs
* New system-update utility, support for “freebsd-update” and upgrading from point-release to point-release. (I.E. 9.0 -> 9.1)
* Revamped “Life-Preserver” backup utility, makes it easier than ever to backup to FreeNAS or any remote ssh+rsync server.
* New PC-BSD Control Panel, provides one-stop access to a variety of system-configuration options.

Reporting Bugs

Since this is a beta release, please feel assist us by reporting and fixing bugs. Users are encouraged to discuss their findings on the testers mailing list, or via the PC-BSD Forums.

Notes

There are a greater variety of ways to install PC-BSD in the 9.x series. Please take a moment and refer to the snapshot documentation to pick the right one for you. When providing feedback please indicate which snapshot you are using and in which window manager the error occurs.

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Jul
29

9.0 UI Frozen">9.0 UI Frozen

Kris announced yesterday on the translation and developer mailing lists that PC-BSD 9.0 is now in code freeze in preparation for the final release. From the announcement:

We’ve begun the process of rolling 9.0-BETA1 images, so from this point the pcbsd/current branch is frozen for all UI changes, to allow translators time to finish translating strings for 9.0-Release. Bugfixes which do not change translation strings are of course still welcome.

There are a large number of new strings in the “pbimeta.po”, which will be used for the AppCafe application and category descriptions. These strings do NOT necessary need to be finished in time for 9.0, since these get pushed out to AppCafe clients daily. All the other .po files are the ones which will be shipped with 9.0 and should be finished in time for the release.

Thanks for all your help in making PC-BSD 9.0 a reality!

We’ll be freezing the Guide around the end of August. Now that the UI is frozen, we can spend August updating all of the screenshots and filling in the documentation gaps. Once these are complete, an announcement will be made about the doc freeze so that the translators can start translating the documentation.

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Jul
26

New PBI: F-Prot

The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:

F-Prot: F-Prot Antivirus for BSD Workstations utilizes the renowned F-Prot Antivirus scanning engine for primary scan but has in addition to that a system of internal heuristics devised to search for unknown viruses. This version of F-Prot is a command line n-demand scanner. Please note that the license explicitly permits that F-Prot Antivirus for BSD Workstations is free for personal users on personal workstations. For any other use please consult their website for licensing information.

Thanks to Ken Moore for creating this PBI and to Xenoheaven for requesting it.

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Jul
21

New PBIs: Yabause, TuxGuitar, Fossil, and BRL-CAD

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

Yabause: Yabause is a Sega Saturn emulator. It currently runs on GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and is being ported to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It is also ported to the Sega Dreamcast as a separate project. It is written in C using the SDL and OpenGL libraries with support for cdrom and iso files.

TuxGuitar: TuxGuitar is a multitrack tablature editor and player.

Fossil: Fossil is an easy-to-use Distributed Source Control Management system (DSCM) which supports access and administration over HTTP CGI or via a built-in HTTP server, has a built-in wiki, file browser, ticket system, and more.

BRL-CAD: BRL-CAD is a powerful Combinatorial/Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) solid modeling system that includes an interactive geometry editor, ray-tracing support for rendering and geometric analysis, network-distributed framebuffer support, image and signal-processing tools, and an embedded scripting language.

Thanks to Jesse Smith and Ken Moore for creating these modules and to kazekage_bsd, wakajawaga, dhylton, and qkiel for requesting them.

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