Mar
09

New KDE Build Environment

iXsystems recently donated a build environment to the FreeBSD KDE ports team. This means that the porters don’t have to compile KDE on their own systems (if you’ve ever compiled the KDE port you have an idea of how long that takes), which should speed up the porting process.

The build server is a VM running FreeBSD HEAD, allocated one core and 8 gigs of RAM from the host, which is a dual Nehalem 5520 Xeon with 32 gigs of RAM. The build environment has access to QAT’s distfile cache and a dedicated database server for the tinderbox database.

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Mar
09

New PBI: Clementine

The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:

Clementine: Clementine is a modern music player and library organiser. Clementine is a port of Amarok 1.4, with some features rewritten to take advantage of Qt4.

Thanks to Joachim Holzwarth for creating this PBI and to kmf for requesting it.

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Mar
08

PC-BSD at AsiaBSDCon

Kris will be giving a presentation on the new 9.0 PBI format at AsiaBSDCon in Tokyo, Japan on March 19th. He’ll also have some PC-BSD DVDs and swag to give away during the conference.

Once the presentation paper is available online, we’ll provide a link to the PDF.

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Mar
03

BigBlueButton Port is Available

A FreeBSD port is now available for BigBlueButton, an open source web conferencing and collaboration tool. I’m hoping that the FreeBSD package is available soon so that a PBI can be created.

In the mean time, I’ve updated the instructions for installing the port on FreeBSD and PC-BSD. I also gave a presentation at last night’s NYCBUG meeting–you can view and/or download the slides here.

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Feb
26

9-CURRENT-20110225 Snapshot Available for Testing">9-CURRENT-20110225 Snapshot Available for Testing

Kris has just announced the availability of the latest snapshot:

With the 8.2 release finished, now our attention will be turning to the 9-CURRENT branch, and what will eventually become 9.0. I’ve just finished uploading the latest snapshot of 9, which is available from our FTP site.

This release contains a lot of changes from the previous snapshot, including some changes to how the installation of meta-pkgs is shown, a redesign of the Software Browser for browsing PBI repositories, and more.

In regard to the Software Browser, it has now been renamed the “AppCafe”, and it should be functional for browsing and installing some of the PBIs we’ve uploaded for testing, such as firefox, thunderbird, openoffice, etc.

In the upcoming days I will also be working on the import of a new PC-BSD Control Panel.

As usual, please give this snapshot a whirl, and report any bugs and issues to the testing mailing list.

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Feb
24

8.2 Released">PC-BSD 8.2 Released

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE, and KDE 4.5.5

Version 8.2 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. Some of the notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.2-Release
  • KDE 4.5.5
  • Added ability to select file-system type and encryption during auto-partitioning
  • Able to toggle between MBR/GPT partitioning
  • Various bug fixes to the wireless / network managers

Version 8.2 of PC-BSD is available for download from the website as well as via torrent.

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