Feb
22

PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook Available From FreeBSD Mall

For those of you who like a hard copy of documentation, the PC-BSD 9.0 Users Handbook is now available for purchase from the FreeBSD Mall. The Handbook is available as:

I’ve heard that the book looks awesome and have seen the cover/label/insert artwork for the DVD. Thanks to Jenny Rosenberg for the artwork and to Theresa Garner at FreeBSD Mall.

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Feb
13

Call for Testers: Bluetooth Manager

PC-BSD 9.1 will include a new GUI for managing bluetooth devices.

If you would like to assist in testing this GUI, you can compile and install the code on your PC-BSD 9.0 system as follows:

First, make sure that these two development packages are showing as installed in Control Panel -> System Manager -> System Packages -> Development:

  • Development-VCS
  • Development-Qt

As superuser, download the source and compile the Bluetooth Manager and Tray applications:

svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-qt4/
cd src-qt4/libpcbsd
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make && make install
cd ../pc-bluetoothmanager
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make && make install
cd ../pc-bluetoothtray
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make && make install

When finished, leave the superuser account and start the Bluetooth Manager:

pc-su pc-bluetoothmanager (will prompt for superuser password)

Alternately, place the Bluetooth Manager in the system tray:

pc-su pc-bluetoothtray (will prompt for superuser password)

Note that the Bluetooth Tray currently activates on right-click, but nothing activates on left-click as of yet.

If you try it out, let us know if you encounter any errors or need additional functionality. Feedback can be sent to the testing mailing list.

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Feb
06

Customizing Your PC-BSD 9.0 Desktop

Kris Moore has written the lead article for the February issue of BSD Magazine, which is available for free download. Kris’ article is on page 8-9 and demonstrates how to use System Manager to install and uninstall desktops and system components.

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Feb
03

Video: Introduction to PC-BSD 9 Isotope

The first in a series of instructional videos for PC-BSD 9.0 is now available. This video demonstrates an installation and showcases some of the new features in 9.0. The links are as follows:

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Jan
31

PC-BSD 9 Reviews

TechRepublic has a short review on PC-BSD 9.0 entitled PC-BSD: a BSD for the workstation.

The feature story in DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 441 is entitled Reviews: PC-BSD 9.0 “Isotope”.

If you’re aware of any other reviews, add a comment with the URL.

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Jan
19

PC-BSD Kid’s Activity Pamphlet

This year, the Southern California Linux Expo is presenting SCALE: The Next Generation. This event is designed to introduce youth to open source and to invite children to attend and participate in an open source conference.

In addition to the usual cool booth swag, we created a kid’s colouring and activity pamphlet designed for the younger set. This is available as a PDF download. Feel free to print out as many as you like and to distribute to your children and their friends, elementary school, etc. If you have any success stories with the pamphlet or have suggestions for the next version, let us know!

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