Sep
13

Participate in Software Freedom Day

This Saturday, September 17, is Software Freedom Day (SFD). SFD is an annual global event that encourages open source software users to reach out to their local community to educate others about the benefits of using open source.

Frederic Muller, President of SFI, the non-profit organization behind Software Freedom Day, has been very helpful in encouraging FreeBSD and PC-BSD users to participate in SFD. A copy of PC-BSD was included with the 210 packages that were shipped to the pre-registered teams.

PC-BSD users are encouraged to put together a team and to register it on the SFD wiki. If you have not participated in SFD before, take a moment to read through the Start Guide for instructions on how to promote your team. If you do register a team, leave a comment so that we can mention it on the @bsdevents twitter feed.

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Sep
06

Two PC-BSD Articles in September Issue of BSD Magazine

The September issue of BSD Magazine has two articles on PC-BSD. BSD Magazine is available for free download from this website.

Kris Moore’s article, Keeping Up to Date in PC-BSD 9, is on pages 89. This article introduces the newly designed Update Manager and demonstrates how to use both the command line and the graphical version of this utility.

Dru Lavigne’s article, Using Life Preserver to Backup a PC-BSD 9 System to FreeNAS 8.0.1, is on pages 1014. This article demonstrates PC-BSD’s revamped backup utility and demonstrates how to configure FreeNAS to receive backups of a PC-BSD system’s home directories.

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Sep
02

New PBI: Samba

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

Samba: Samba4 is an attempt to implement an Active Directory compatible Domain Controller. In short, you can join a WinNT, Win2000, WinXP or Win2003 member server to a Samba4 domain, and it will behave much as it does in AD, including Kerberos domain logins where applicable.

Note that this PBI provides the server portion of Samba as PC-BSD aleady includes the client version of Samba. Since this is the server version, you will need to edit the smb.conf configuration file in order to complete the server setup. You can either do this manually or use KDE’s or GNOME’s Windows sharing services which provide front-ends to the Samba configuration.

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Aug
29

PC-BSD at OLF

PC-BSD will once again have a booth at Ohio LinuxFest on Saturday, September 10 in Columbus, Ohio. Kris Moore, Ken Moore, and Dru Lavigne will be at the booth, so be sure to drop by and say hi and get your PC-BSD questions answered. We’ll be giving out copies of PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5, FreeNAS8.0.1-BETA4, and some cool swag while it lasts. We’ll also be accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation. You can register for Ohio LinuxFest here: registration is free as an Enthusiast or you can opt to pay $65 as a supporter.

Dru Lavigne will also be teaching a one day class on Friday, September 9 entitled FreeBSD for Linux System Administrators. The course description and cost are detailed here.

The BSDA certification exam will also be offered on Sunday, September 11. You can register for the exam at this event here.

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Aug
24

New PBI: Subversion

The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:

Subversion: Subversion is a version control system designed to be as similar to cvs(1) as possible, while fixing many outstanding problems with cvs(1).

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating the PBI and to logan54 for requesting it.

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Aug
22

New PBI: Phoronix Test Suite

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

Phoronix Test Suite: The Phoronix Test Suite is the most comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform available for the *nix operating system. This software is designed to effectively carry out both qualitative and quantitative benchmarks in a clean, reproducible, and easy-to-use manner.

Thanks to Ken Moore for creating this PBI and to John R Davis Jr. for requesting it.

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