The feature story in this week’s edition of DistroWatch is a review, written by Jesse Smith, of the PC-BSD version of Bordeaux. From the review:
The Bordeaux Technology Group is a company specializing in compatibility software. Specifically, they work at making it as easy as possible to run Windows programs on the UNIX family of operating systems. Their Bordeaux tool is built to run on Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, OpenIndiana and Mac OS X. Bordeaux is, at its heart, a customized build of Wine. They take a recent version of Wine, add some special tools and test their build for compatibility against a group of popular Windows software. They then sell this bundle (along with support) for about US$20 — 25, much less than the typical cost of a Windows license. A few weeks ago I had a chance to chat with Tom, a member of the Bordeaux Technology Group, and he was kind enough to give me a copy of Bordeaux (PC-BSD edition) to test-drive.
A PC-BSD user mentioned on IRC that the pcbsd.fr website was out of date–he noticed when he tried to download 8.1 and ended up with 7.1 instead.
It took a bit of time, but we found the current webmaster who has since updated the pcbsd.fr website. If you notice any content that was missed, please leave a comment so it can be fixed. Also, if you have some time and would like to assist with translating or proofing translations, let us know and we’ll put you in touch with the webmaster.
If so, we need your help!
We’ve setup a wiki area in order to collect information on missing wireless drivers or existing drivers with missing functionality. If you have already struggled with your wireless and know that your device is not supported, take a minute to make sure that it is listed in the appropriate table.
We also need your help spreading the word so that we can get as many drivers as possible created and fixed in time for 9.0. Please tweet, blog, FB, etc. so that other users and developers are aware of this resource. If you’re a developer working on the driver, please put a note indicating this in the comment section for the device/driver. You can also add text (or create a new table) when your driver is ready for testing–we’ll help you spread the word so that the driver can be tested by as many users as possible.
If you’re using PC-BSD 8.1 and have a dialup or DSL modem, please review the Advanced Network Settings and PPPoE page of the PC-BSD Handbook as I don’t have access to a modem to test the settings. Please let us know if the device names are correct, if any required fields are missing, or if any of the text is unclear or needs more explanation. You can leave a comment here or make a wiki account and either start a discussion on the page’s Discussion tab or edit the page directly (we’ll see your edits).
We’ve discovered a bug that prevents a newly installed system from booting if you uncheck both the “Install PC-BSD bootloader” and the “Partition with GPT for full disk install” check boxes in the Disk selection screen of the alpha snapshot. The error will not occur if either (or both) of these boxes are checked. This bug has been fixed for the next alpha snapshot; for now, check at least one of those boxes if you are testing the current snapshot.
We’re still in the process of porting the LXDE login manager which will be used in 9.0. Earlier versions of PC-BSD used KDE’s login manager which defaults to logging into KDE and also requires a lot of dependencies. LXDE’s version is much lighter weight, meaning that we will be able to provide CD versions of PC-BSD (currently, the dependencies required by KDM make the ISO too large to fit on a CD).
If you are testing alternate desktop environments using the current alpha snapshot, it still uses KDM. This means that you should not choose “auto-login” during the installation, or else KDM will attempt to log you into a non-existing KDE installation. In other words, your desktop will look pretty lousy. However, you should still be able to logout, click the session manager icon at the login screen (circle with lines through it located in lower left corner), select the desired window manager, and input your user account’s password.
We’ll also be clarifying the layout of the System Selection screen in the installer. MythTV isn’t a desktop environment, meaning you’ll get an error if you deselect everything else. If you want to give MythTV a go, select it as well as one of the desktops, such as KDE or GNOME.
If you find any bugs in the desktop environments, don’t forget to post them to the appropriate desktop forum.