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.
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.
Kris’ formal paper on the new PBI 9 format is available as a PDF download. In it he describes the historical reasons for the legacy format as well as the design behind the new format. He also provides a brief overview of the new suite of PBI command line tools.
The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:
OpenJDK: OpenJDK is an open-source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition. Install this PBI if you wish to access Java applications from within your web browser.
There were reports that earlier versions of OpenJDK caused firefox to crash which is the reason why a PBI was not available before. This seems to be fixed–please let us know if the PBI causes any problems with your browser.
Indiana Linuxfest has just confirmed that there will be an Installfest this Friday at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. If you’re interested, head to the Golden Ballroom 6 anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. I’ll be bringing PC-BSD 8.2 DVDs, a copy of Parted Magic, as well as FreeNAS 8 RC3 CDs in case anyone is interested in giving FreeNAS a go. Feel free to drop by if you’re interested in hanging out, assisting other users, or trying an installation yourself.
PC-BSD will be at Indiana LinuxFest this upcoming weekend and at FlourishConf on the following weekend. If you’re near Indianapolis or Chicago, drop by as registration is free for both events.
Each event will have a BSD booth where you can learn more about PC-BSD (and the other BSDs), pick up a PC-BSD DVD and some cool swag, and/or make a donation to the FreeBSD Foundation. Each event will also have a (different) talk on PC-BSD. And if you’ve been thinking about taking the BSDA exam, you can do so at either event.
There’s talk of having an installfest this Friday at Indiana LinuxFest. I’ll post more details here if that comes together.