Kris will be giving a presentation on the new 9.0 PBI format at AsiaBSDCon in Tokyo, Japan on March 19th. He’ll also have some PC-BSD DVDs and swag to give away during the conference.
Once the presentation paper is available online, we’ll provide a link to the PDF.
A FreeBSD port is now available for BigBlueButton, an open source web conferencing and collaboration tool. I’m hoping that the FreeBSD package is available soon so that a PBI can be created.
Kris has just announced the availability of the latest snapshot:
With the 8.2 release finished, now our attention will be turning to the 9-CURRENT branch, and what will eventually become 9.0. I’ve just finished uploading the latest snapshot of 9, which is available from our FTP site.
This release contains a lot of changes from the previous snapshot, including some changes to how the installation of meta-pkgs is shown, a redesign of the Software Browser for browsing PBI repositories, and more.
In regard to the Software Browser, it has now been renamed the “AppCafe”, and it should be functional for browsing and installing some of the PBIs we’ve uploaded for testing, such as firefox, thunderbird, openoffice, etc.
In the upcoming days I will also be working on the import of a new PC-BSD Control Panel.
As usual, please give this snapshot a whirl, and report any bugs and issues to the testing mailing list.
The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE, and KDE 4.5.5
Version 8.2 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. Some of the notable changes are:
- FreeBSD 8.2-Release
- KDE 4.5.5
- Added ability to select file-system type and encryption during auto-partitioning
- Able to toggle between MBR/GPT partitioning
- Various bug fixes to the wireless / network managers
The following PBIs are now available through Software Manager:
DeaDBeef: DeaDBeeF (as in 0xDEADBEEF) is an audio player.
Arista: http://programmer-art.org/projects/arista-transcoder 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.
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.