Mar
22

New PBI: OpenJDK

The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:

OpenJDK: OpenJDK is an open-source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition. Install this PBI if you wish to access Java applications from within your web browser.

There were reports that earlier versions of OpenJDK caused firefox to crash which is the reason why a PBI was not available before. This seems to be fixed–please let us know if the PBI causes any problems with your browser.

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Mar
22

Installfest on Friday (at ILF)

Indiana Linuxfest has just confirmed that there will be an Installfest this Friday at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. If you’re interested, head to the Golden Ballroom 6 anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. I’ll be bringing PC-BSD 8.2 DVDs, a copy of Parted Magic, as well as FreeNAS 8 RC3 CDs in case anyone is interested in giving FreeNAS a go. Feel free to drop by if you’re interested in hanging out, assisting other users, or trying an installation yourself.

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Mar
22

PC-BSD at ILF and FlourishConf

PC-BSD will be at Indiana LinuxFest this upcoming weekend and at FlourishConf on the following weekend. If you’re near Indianapolis or Chicago, drop by as registration is free for both events.

Each event will have a BSD booth where you can learn more about PC-BSD (and the other BSDs), pick up a PC-BSD DVD and some cool swag, and/or make a donation to the FreeBSD Foundation. Each event will also have a (different) talk on PC-BSD. And if you’ve been thinking about taking the BSDA exam, you can do so at either event.

There’s talk of having an installfest this Friday at Indiana LinuxFest. I’ll post more details here if that comes together.

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Mar
21

Webcamd Update

This update to webcamd adds the DVB man pages is now available through Update Manager. This update also includes some minor bugfixes and support for USB remote controls.

Instructions for using Update Manager can be found in this section of the Handbook.

Thanks to mato for suggesting that this be made available as an update.

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Mar
21

Not This Year

Google has announced their mentoring organizations for GSoC 2011. Unfortunately we didn’t make the cut this year, though 417 organizations were vying for 175 slots. Maybe next year :-)

If you are a student and are interested in a BSD summer of code project, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and DragonFly BSD are participating in GSoC 2011. Click each link to see that Project’s ideas page.

You’re still welcome to visit our ideas page and to contribute.

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Mar
19

8.2 Handbook Available on Kindle">PC-BSD 8.2 Handbook Available on Kindle

The PC-BSD 8.2 Handbook is now available through Amazon’s Kindle Store. The English version is already available for purchase at most of the Amazon country sites and the Indonesian version should be available sometime in the next 24 hours. We’ll add other translated versions as they become available. Purchase price is $4.99 USD and proceeds are used to help fund the development of PC-BSD.

I’m also working on an epub version so the Handbook can be available for other e-reader devices. I currently don’t have access to a device so will probably put out a call for testers once the formatting looks correct within Sigil (an open source epub editor).

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