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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Mar
19

FreeBSD System Automation with pc-sysinstall and Chef

On March 31, Stephen Nelson-Smith will be giving a remote presentation (via bigbluebutton) at this month’s CAPBUG meeting. Details for accessing the live presentation via your web browser will be announced before the event on the CAPBUG mailing list. The presentation will include a discussion on using pc-sysinstall to automate FreeBSD installations. Here is the presentation’s synopsis and presenter bio:

Synopsis:

Although FreeBSD is in many ways one of the most advanced operating systems in the world, boasting access to a vast array of current, upstream software, and with ZFS and dtrace increasingly mature in the latest releases, it still has a reputation for being difficult to manage and automate, compared to Linux. This talk looks at system automation and configuration management strategies on FreeBSD, exploring unattended installs using the pc-sysinstall tool, system management using Opscode Chef, and options for running FreeBSD in the cloud.

Bio:

Stephen Nelson-Smith is an experienced agile infrastructure consultant, UNIX system administrator and Ruby and Python programmer. As principal consultant at Atalanta Systems, he evangelises 21st century systems infrastructure, and specialises in system automation, monitoring, and the application of lean and XP-derived principles on the operations side of the business. A ruthlessly logical problem solver, powerful communicator, and enthusiastic mentor and motivator, his skills have been employed by household names such as Sony, Motorola, the AA, the Department of Education, and a host of young, technology-driven enterprises. A thought leader in the emerging infrastructure-as-code community, his blog agilesysadmin​.net is essential reading for anyone building software today.

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Mar
16

64 Testing Snapshot Contains Latest Xorg">New AMD64 Testing Snapshot Contains Latest Xorg

The latest testing snapshot for 9.0 is now available in various formats from the FTP server. Some notes on this snapshot:

  • There was a failure on the i386 build server earlier this week, meaning there isn’t a 32 bit snapshot for this round of testing. The next testing snapshot will be available in both 32 and 64 bit versions in about 2 weeks.
  • This is the first snapshot to contain the latest developments from the FreeBSD Xorg porting team. miwi@‘s notes on the state of this testing version of Xorg are here. All future snapshots will contain the testing version of Xorg, allowing PC-BSD testers to assist the porters in finding bugs so that they can be fixed and to help speed up the porting process.
  • This snapshot also contains the new AppCafe. If no apps appear, wait a day or so as Kris is busy generating PBIs.

As always, let us know if you come across any bugs, either as a comment here or as a posting on the testing mailing list. The Handbook contains some instructions on becoming a tester.

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Mar
14

Webcamd Man Pages for DVB Devices

Hans Petter Selasky has committed the new webcamd man pages which document the devices supported by the following V4L-DVB drivers: a800, af9005, af9015, anysee, au6610, b2c2, ce6230, cinergy, cxusb, dib0700, digitv, dtt200u, dtv5100, dw2102, ec168, friio, gl861, gp8psk, hdpvr, m920x, mr800, nova-t, opera1, s2255, siano, ttusb2, umt, uvc, vp702x, and vp7045. Due to the ports freeze, the package (version 0.1.20_1) was not available in time for FreeBSD/PC-BSD 8.2 release. You can get the latest man pages as follows:

1. if you have the latest version of the ports tree installed, run make deinstall && make reinstall within /usr/ports/multimedia/webcamd/ or run portmaster to upgrade webcamd.

or

2. grab the package from the Latest repository: fetch ftp://​ftp​.freebsd​.org/​p​u​b​/​F​r​e​e​B​S​D​/​p​o​r​t​s​/​i​386​/​p​a​c​k​a​g​e​s​-​c​u​r​r​e​n​t​/​m​u​l​t​i​m​e​d​i​a​/​w​e​b​c​a​m​d​-​0​.​1​.​20​.​tbz (for 32 bit systems) or fetch ftp://​ftp​.freebsd​.org/​p​u​b​/​F​r​e​e​B​S​D​/​p​o​r​t​s​/​a​m​d​64​/​p​a​c​k​a​g​e​s​-​c​u​r​r​e​n​t​/​m​u​l​t​i​m​e​d​i​a​/​w​e​b​c​a​m​d​-​0​.​1​.​20​_​1​.​tbz (for 64 bit systems). After fetching, run the command pkg_add webcamd* from the directory containing the fetched package. If webcamd is already installed, run pkg_delete –x webcamd first so that the new package will install.

If your device is listed but does not work or if it does work and is not listed, let us know the product name as well as its VendorID:ProductID so that we can add it to the man page (if it is missing) or figure out what the problem is if it does not work.

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