Mar
30

Looking for Tester with Canon Pixma MP 270 or MP 272 Printer

We’re looking to see if the drivers from the Canon website will work on a FreeBSD or PC-BSD system. If you have one of these printers and are comfortable with using the command line, instructions can be found at this comment in this forum thread. If you can test this driver, let us know your results either on the forum or as a comment on this blog post.

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Mar
30

Update: nspluginviewer 1.3.0_8 (03-29-2011)

The following update is now available in the System Updates tab of Software Manager:

nspluginviewer: This port update for nspluginviewer 1.3.0_8 improves the reliability of the Adobe Flash Plugin on PC-BSD, and corrects some “hanging” issues when closing a flash page.

You will be prompted to reboot after applying this update on your PC-BSD system.

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Mar
28

New PBI: MonoDevelop

The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:

MonoDevelop: MonoDevelop is a free GNOME integrated development environment (IDE) primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages.

Thanks to Nikolai Lifanov for creating this PBI and to Walther for requesting it.

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Mar
28

Latest 64-Bit Testing Snapshot

Kris has announced that the next testing snapshot is available:

Another 9-Current 64bit snapshot has been uploaded to the FTP server. This snapshot includes the following changes:

  • Disabled AHCI by default to fix some bugs working with Optical/Disk media
  • PBI’s are now able to be installed as regular user accounts, for those in the “operators” group
  • Updates to the AppCafe GUI to enhance usability
  • WIFI configuration GUI enhancements to auto-detect encryption type and make connection more streamlined
  • Fixed a bug in the LXDE menus which had caused it to refresh every 3 seconds

We are currently working on fixing up the i386 build server and hope to have a new 32bit snapshot with the next batch.

Known Issues:

  • The system installer has a bug that prevents loading vanilla FreeBSD, will be fixed for next snapshot

As usual, please let us know of any problems on the testing mailing list.

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Mar
25

Looking for Testers: New Swap Extender

Jesse Smith has been working on a program that monitors how much swap space is available on a PC-BSD system. As existing swap space is used up, Swap Extender creates a larger swap file, effectively growing the amount of swap available to the operating system. As swap usage decreases, Swap Extender shrinks the swap file.

Instructions for downloading and installing Swap Extender and where to send any bug reports or suggestions can be found on this forum thread.

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Mar
25

EPUB Version of Handbook

The English version of the PC-BSD 8.2 Handbook is now available in EPUB format. You can download this version from the Handbook section of the FTP server. I’m working on the EPUB version of the Indonesian translation and it should be ready for download by early next week.

EPUB should work on most e-readers (other than Kindle). Wikipedia has a list of both software and hardware EPUB readers.

If you’re wondering what software was used to create the EPUB version, Calibre was used to convert the HTML version to EPUB and Sigil was used to cleanup any formatting errors introduced by the conversion. I originally tried to convert the PDF version, but that required a lot of formatting cleanup; there was very little cleanup required for the HTML conversion. Both applications are available in the FreeBSD ports/packages collection and Calibre is also available as a PBI. Thanks to everyone who suggested the EPUB version, gour for providing the initial Calibre conversion, and Lord Drachenbult for suggesting the HTML conversion.

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