Dec
10

3D, Poedit, Kid3, and OpenTaxSolver">New PBIs: Wings3D, Poedit, Kid3, and OpenTaxSolver

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

Wings3D: an open source polygon mesh modeler inspired by Nendo. It allows you to intuitively build a 3D mesh and even assign materials to it.

Poedit: a cross-platform gettext catalogs (.po files) editor. It is built with wxWidgets toolkit and can run on any platform supported by it. It aims to provide a more convenient approach to editing catalogs than launching vi and editing the file by hand.

Kid3: an application to edit the ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags in MP3 files in an efficient way. Also tags in Ogg/Vorbis and FLAC files are supported.

OpenTaxSolver: a free program for calculating Tax Form entries and tax-owed or refund-due, such as US Federal or State personal income taxes. An optional graphical front-end, OTS_GUI, has been added. Preliminary versions for Canada and the United Kingdom were posted in previous years and may be updated with help from volunteers.

Thanks to Rick Richard, Sam Lin and Joachim Holzwarth for creating these PBIs.

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Dec
09

117, and PSPP">New PBIs: Calibre, GL-117, and PSPP

The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:

Calibre: a complete e-library solution that includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, e-book reader sync features, and an integrated e-book viewer.

GL-117: an action flight simulator. Enter the Eagle Squadron and succeed in several challanging missions leading though different landscapes. Five predefined levels of video quality and an amount of viewing ranges let you perfectly adjust the game to the performance of your system.

PSPP: a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It interprets commands in the SPSS language and produces tabular output in ASCII or PostScript format.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to bsdaddict and abik for requesting them.

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Dec
07

8.2 Snapshot is Available for Testing">First 8.2 Snapshot is Available for Testing

Kris Moore has announced that the first snapshot for 8.2 is available for testing:

The first snapshot of 8-STABLE, which will eventually become 8.2 has now been uploaded to our FTP server.

This snapshot is based upon FreeBSD 8.2-PRERELEASE, and includes KDE 4.5.3. It also contains a number of bugfixes backported from the 9 series, specifically to the installer and network management GUI. You can review the backport commits on the 8.2 TODO list.

Known Issues:

Using the “GPT” option during installation will give an error at boot, which I’m currently working on fixing.

Please feel free to give the snapshot a whirl, and report any bugs you find back to the testing list. Instructions for becoming a good beta tester can be found in this section of the Handbook.

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Dec
06

9.0 Snapshot is Available for Testing">Latest 9.0 Snapshot is Available for Testing

Kris Moore has announced the availability of the next 9.0 testing snapshot:

A new snapshot of 9-CURRENT has just been released, and is now available for download from our FTP server.

Major changes since the last snapshot:

* Fixed bug relating to booting without using the “Stamp MBR” option
* Added additional window-managers to “unsupported” category
* Added ability to enable / disable the lagg network device
* Switched to the “GDM” desktop login manager
* Added ability to add/remove/create repositories of PBIs via pbi_* commands
* Added new pbid daemon, which tracks repository indexes / manages file merging in the background automatically.
* Numerous other bugfixes across the board.

For a list of major differences between 8.x and 9, take a look at our previous announcement.

As usual, please report bugs found back to the mailing list so we can work on fixing them. The more details the better. The Handbook also has instructions for how to become a good beta tester.

A new snapshot for 8-STABLE is in the works, which will become version 8.2 early next year. We’ll make an announcement when that snapshot is online and available for testing.

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Dec
06

Security Update for OpenSSL

A security patch is available in Update Manager that addresses the recent OpenSSL vulnerabilities described in FreeBSD security advisory 10:10.openssl. Once the patch is installed, you will need to reboot your system in order to apply it. Instructions for applying a system patch are in the Handbook.

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Nov
22

4) Testers">Looking for iwi(4) Testers

Does your wireless device use the iwi(4) driver? Bernhard Schmidt is working on some patches to resolve some of the known issues with this driver and is looking for testers. If you’re interested in helping out, follow the instructions on the iwi wiki. If you need help getting started, you’re always welcome to join us on #pcbsd on IRC freenode. We can help you write up your bug report or help you review your findings before sending them off to Bernhard.

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