Jun
16

New PBIs: Mumble, Imagination, and QuickSynergy

The following PBIs are now available from Software Manager:

Mumble: Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming.

Imagination: Imagination is a simple DVD slide show maker. It uses sox and ffmpeg to create slide shows containing images and audio tracks.

QuickSynergy: QuickSynergy is a graphical interface (GUI) for easily configuring Synergy2, an application that allows the user to share his mouse and keyboard between two or more computers. Without the need for any external hardware, Synergy2 uses the TCP-IP protocol to share the resources, even between machines with diferent operating systems, such as Mac OS, Linux and Windows.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to johnrdavisjr and thenewguy for requesting them.

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Jun
14

MythTV Configuration Improvements in Latest 9 Snapshot

The latest 9.0 testing snapshot contains a configuration script that automatically initializes the MythTV backend so the front-end is ready to use. We’re looking for testers, preferably with a video capture card, to test the setup on as many systems as possible and to provide information for the 9.0 PC-BSD Users Guide.

A documentation page has been started here. It includes links to the recommended hardware and screenshots of what should happen until you get to the front-end. At the moment, I don’t have a video capture card so testing by people who do would be much appreciated.

If you try out MythTV and come across an error, please post the error message and what prompted it to the testing mailing list. If you try it out and want to add to the documentation, create a wiki account. You can either add your edits directly on that page, or if you prefer to leave your notes for an editor to incorporate into the documentation, leave them in the Discussion tab of that page.

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Jun
13

New PBI: Cinepaint

The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:

Cinepaint: CinePaint is a free open source painting and image retouching program designed to work best with 35mm film and other high resolution high dynamic range images. It is the most popular open source tool in the motion picture industry — used in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Scooby-Doo, Harry Potter, Stuart Little and other feature films. CinePaint is used for painting of background mattes and for frame-by-frame retouching of movies.

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

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Jun
08

Torrents Available for Latest 9 Testing Snapshot

John R Davis Jr. has started some torrents to speed up the download of yesterday’s latest testing snapshots. So far, these torrents are available:

  • 32-bit CD Image
  • 32-bit LITE USB Image
  • 32-bit Network Install USB Image
  • 32-bit Network Install CD Image
  • 32 bit Live USB image
  • 32 bit Install USB Image
  • 32 bit DVD Image
  • 32 bit live DVD Image
  • 64-bit Network Install USB Image
  • 64-bit Network Install CD Image
  • 64 bit CD Image
  • 64 bit LITE USB Image
  • 64 bit live USB Image
  • 64 bit Install USB Image
  • 64 bit Install DVD
  • 64 bit live DVD

To use a torrent file you must first have a torrent program. If you are running Windows, try utorrent. If you are running Linux, check to see which torrent applications are available for your distro. If you do not have a built in client in your Linux distribution, try transmission. If you are running Mac OS X, transmission is also a good client.

Once you have a client you can download the .torrent file by right clicking its link and clicking save as, or by clicking on the link your browser should ask you to either save as or run using the default program.

After you open the .torrent file, you have to wait for your program to download the file from the “Seeders”. Your program should provide you an estimated download time.

After you are finished downloading the file, please leave your torrent program open so that it can seed the file. When you seed, it speeds up the download of that file for everyone else. Note that you have permission to seed these files as they are freely available under the BSD license.

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Jun
07

9-Current Testing Snapshot 20110607 Now Available‏

The next PC-BSD 9-CURRENT snapshot is now available for download.

This snapshot includes a lot of fixes and changes, notably:

  • Overhauled Life-Preserver backup utility
  • Fixes to AppCafe browser navigation
  • Improvements to system installer pages, such as disk / user setup
  • Improved tray notifier for available updates
  • New “Welcome” program to introduce new users to PC-BSD
  • Wifi tool automatically loaded in tray
  • New beastie splash menu which allows booting from failsafe kernel
  • Improvements for IPv6 support in base / utilities
  • Misc bugfixes reported by users from last snapshot

As usual, please test and report bugs any problems back to the testing mailing list.

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Jun
07

PC-BSD Website has New Design

If you’ve been to the PC-BSD website this week, you will have noticed that it has a shiny new look. Besides being pretty, some new features were added during the redesign:

  • there is a new menu system for organizing content
  • the web backend has been updated
  • you can now chat on the #pcbsd IRC channel from your web browser (no IRC client required)
  • comments are enabled with Facebook and Twitter integration
  • blog entries automatically appear on the website’s main page
  • there is now a search bar for finding content

We hope you enjoy the new look! Leave a comment if you have any features that you would like to see included or notice anything that didn’t survive the migration from the old to the new website format.

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