Feb
24

New PBIs: DeaDBeeF and Arista

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

DeaDBeef: DeaDBeeF (as in 0xDEADBEEF) is an audio player.

Arista: http://​programmer​-art​.org/​p​r​o​j​e​c​t​s​/​a​r​i​s​t​a​-​t​r​a​n​s​c​o​der is an easy to use multimedia transcoder for the GNOME Desktop.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to Symmetry and kmf for requesting them.

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Feb
22

FreeBSD Xorg Team Looking for Testers

The FreeBSD Xorg team is looking for testers for the upcoming 7.5.1 version of Xorg. If you have a test system and are interested in testing this release of xorg, you’ll find the instructions here. From the original message:

The Xorg T(m)eam is happy to announce the next round of Xorg fun! The X-Server has been patched to the latest 1.7.X series, drivers and fonts have been updated to the latest versions, but unfortunately we are not able to update libGL, drm and xorg-server to a higher version because FreeBSD doesn’t support GEM/KSE (yet), but it looks good for now, as kib@ is working on that, so we hope the future will be better for us. This update includes some components from Xorg 7.6 with a lot of improvements, and it seems that the performance is much better than the old version. We are calling the update xorg 7.5.1.

We hope you will enjoy the new stuff and give us a lot of feedback. We will start an exp-run tonight and depending on how much feedback we get, we plan to commit this update by the first weekend of March.

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Feb
21

New PBIs: SILC client, KPorts, Fio, Banshee, ATAidle

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

SILC client: SILC (Secure Internet Live Conferencing) is a protocol which provides secure conferencing services in the Internet over an insecure channel. SILC is IRC like although internally they are very different. Biggest similarity between SILC and IRC is that they both provide conferencing services and that SILC has almost same commands as IRC. Other than that they are nothing alike.

KPorts: KPorts is a KDE-frontend to the FreeBSD Ports collection. You can browse and search through your ports tree and perform actions like upgrades, installs, and uninstalls.

Fio: Fio is an I/O testing tool that will spawn a number of threads or processes doing a particular type of I/O action as specified by the user. Fio can be driven by a ‘job file’ describing the I/O load one wants to simulate.

Banshee: Import, organize, play, and share your music using Banshee’s simple, powerful interface. Rip CDs, play and sync your iPod, create playlists, and burn audio and MP3 CDs. Most portable music devices are supported.

ATAidle: ATAidle is a utility to set the power management features of ata hard drives. This includes standby timeouts, power (APM) and acoustic (AAM) level settings, and it can show details about the installed devices.

Thanks to Jesse Smith and Bruce Cran for creating these PBIs and to draconian, mbybee, and kmf for requesting them.

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Feb
16

GEM, KMS and DRI

Looks like FreeBSD / PC-BSD will be getting support for GEM/KMS in the near future!

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Konstantin 
Belousov has been awarded a grant to implement support of GEM,
KMS, and DRI for Intel Drivers. This project is being 
co-sponsored by iXsystems.

The project is to implement GEM, port KMS, and write new 
DRI drivers for Intel Graphics, including the latest 
Sandy Bridge generation of integrated graphic units. 
The work should allow the latest Intel open-source driver 
to run on FreeBSD, expanding the range of hardware where 
FreeBSD is suitable for the desktop.

For more details, take a look at the announcement e-mail:

http://​lists​.freebsd​.org/​p​i​p​e​r​m​a​i​l​/​f​r​e​e​b​s​d​-​a​n​n​o​u​n​c​e​/​2011​-​F​e​b​r​u​a​r​y​/​001361​.​h​tml

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Feb
04

8.2-RC3 Now Available!">PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 Now Available!

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of the third Release Candidate for PC-BSD 8.2. This is expected to be the last RC version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 23 weeks.

In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:

- FreeBSD 8.2RC3
– KDE 4.5.5
– Xorg 7.5
– Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
– Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
– Nvidia Driver 96.43.16

PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.

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Feb
02

Possible Fix for Wireless Freezes

It has been a known issue for sometime that some wireless cards will freeze or panic the system on PC-BSD/FreeBSD 8.x. Some cards do this intermittently while others do it quite regularly. The problem seems to have been narrowed down to a conflict between devd and the netif startup script as it only occurs when devd is running.

Earlier this week Kris committed a fix which will show up in the next snapshots for 8.2 RC.3 and 9.0. If your wireless card is affected and you’d like to test the fix now, try adding this line to your wpa_supplicant.conf file:

ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant

Let us know if it makes a difference on your system!

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