Several members of the PC-BSD team will be attending NYCBSDCon in NYC, November 13–14. If you’re in the NYC travel area and haven’t attended a NYCBSDCon yet, you don’t know what you’re missing as this is definitely one of the friendliest BSD conferences. Registration is still open and the low cost includes breakfast and lunch during the conference.
Kris Moore will be delivering his presentation “PC-Sysinstall: a New System Installer Backend for PC-BSD and FreeBSD”. There will be a PC-BSD BOF session at 17:30 on the 13th. And we’ll be giving out PC-BSD DVDs and cool swag during the Con, so be sure to stop by the PC-BSD booth.
Interested in learning more about PC-BSD and the other BSD projects? Want to meet the developers and other BSD users? Looking for a place to ask questions, share tips and discuss all things BSD? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may want to consider joining us for MeetBSD 2010 in Mountain View, California on November 5th & 6th. The registration fee is only $25 and you can register here.
If you have a commit bit for one of the BSD projects (src, ports, or docs) or have been a Summer of Code student for a BSD project, you are also welcome to attend the FreeBSD DevSummit on November 4th. Like previous DevSummits, add yourself to the wiki if you plan to attend. If you need to be sponsored (i.e. don’t have a FreeBSD commit bit), let Kris know and he’ll add you to the wiki page. While the DevSummit concentrates on FreeBSD, committers from the other BSD projects are also welcome as cross-pollination of ideas is always a good thing.
The following PBIs are now available in Software Manager:
Anjuta: a very versatile Integrated development environment for C and C++. Written in GTK/GNOME and written for GTK+/GNOME, it features many advanced programming tools and utilities. It is basically a GUI interface for the bunch of command line programming utilities and tools available for FreeBSD, which are usually run in console and are very user unfriendly.
KPovModeler: a modeling and composition program for creating POV-Ray™ scenes in KDE.
Thanks to Jesse Smith and Sam Lin for making these PBIs and to krzysiek for suggesting Anjuta.
We’re thinking of redesigning Section 5: Exploring PC-BSD of the Handbook. Currently, that section discusses these topics (note that the current text is several years old):
- 4.1 KDE Desktop
- Taskbar or KDE Panel
- System Tray
- Start menu
- File system
- Folder hierarchy
- Home Folder
- Mounting/Unmounting drives
We’re thinking of replacing most of this section into a “Performing Common Tasks on PC-BSD” section. If so, is any of the existing information useful (if so, we’ll keep it). Which common tasks would you like to see addressed by this section, which aren’t covered elsewhere in the Table of Contents?
As part of the application process for Google Code-In, we’ve put together a list of tasks that are looking for people. We won’t know til November 5 if we’re eligible for this program–regardless, the list contains ongoing tasks that need your help.
If you’re interested in helping in the ongoing process of improving PC-BSD, browse through the list and let us know if you can assist with anything on the list. And, let us know if you think of something that needs doing that is not on the list.
The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:
htop: an enhanced version of top, the interactive process viewer, which can display the list of processes in a tree form.
wxMaxima: a wxWidgets GUI for the computer algebra system maxima. Most of maxima functions are accessible through menus, some have dialogs. The input line has command history (up-key, down-key) and completion based on previous input (tab-key). wxMaxima provides 2d formated display of maxima output.
Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating and soundtek for requesting the htop PBI.