Looks like FreeBSD / PC-BSD will be getting support for GEM/KMS in the near future!
The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Konstantin Belousov has been awarded a grant to implement support of GEM, KMS, and DRI for Intel Drivers. This project is being co-sponsored by iXsystems. The project is to implement GEM, port KMS, and write new DRI drivers for Intel Graphics, including the latest Sandy Bridge generation of integrated graphic units. The work should allow the latest Intel open-source driver to run on FreeBSD, expanding the range of hardware where FreeBSD is suitable for the desktop.
For more details, take a look at the announcement e-mail:
The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of the third Release Candidate for PC-BSD 8.2. This is expected to be the last RC version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 2-3 weeks.
In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:
– FreeBSD 8.2RC3
– KDE 4.5.5
– Xorg 7.5
– Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
– Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
– Nvidia Driver 96.43.16
PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.
It has been a known issue for sometime that some wireless cards will freeze or panic the system on PC-BSD/FreeBSD 8.x. Some cards do this intermittently while others do it quite regularly. The problem seems to have been narrowed down to a conflict between devd and the netif startup script as it only occurs when devd is running.
Earlier this week Kris committed a fix which will show up in the next snapshots for 8.2 RC.3 and 9.0. If your wireless card is affected and you’d like to test the fix now, try adding this line to your wpa_supplicant.conf file:
Let us know if it makes a difference on your system!
I’ve finished up the latest round of webcamd man pages which cover the drivers used for DVB devices. Hans Petter Selasky has committed them and we hope to have them included when PC-BSD 8.2 is released.
If you’re impatient and would like to read through the man pages now, you can do so as follows. Assuming subversion is installed (it is by default on PC-BSD and can be installed with pkg_add -r subversion on FreeBSD), cd to a directory where you’d like to save the man page files (e.g. in your home directory or a temporary directory). Then, issue this command as one line:
svn –username anonsvn –password anonsvn checkout svn://svn.turbocat.net/i4b/trunk/usbcam/ulinux/man4
This will create a directory called man4 which contains the man pages. You can read a man page using nroff:
nroff -man name_of_manpage.4 | more
or, if you’re interested in searching for a vendor or product ID, use grep. In this example, I’ll search for devices with the Logitech vendor ID:
grep “046d” man4/*
The following PBI is now available through Software Manager:
Claws Mail: an e-mail client and news reader based on GTK+. Currently, many features are supported including POP3, IMAP, NNTP, multiple accounts, threading, filtering, MIME attachments, APOP, SMTP AUTH, SSL, IPv6, GnuPG, internalization, and more.
Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating this PBI and to draconian for requesting the PBI.
traebarlow has started a blog on his experiences with PC-BSD. One of his recent entries may be of interest to other PC-BSD users as it explains how he got the latest OSS to work on his PC-BSD system.