Oct
03

2 and Update on Chromium PBI">New PBI: Aria2 and Update on Chromium PBI

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

Aria2: has a segmented downloading engine in its core. Therefore, it can download files a lot faster than ordinary browsers.

This was a much requested PBI; thanks to Jesse Smith for creating it.

Speaking of much requested PBIs, a bug was found in the recently released Chromium PBI. The buggy version was removed from the PBI download server and the corrected version should be available early next week.

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Sep
30

New PBI: RAWstudio

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

RAWstudio: an open-source program to read and manipulate RAW images from most digital cameras. Rawstudio will convert your RAW files into JPEG, PNG or TIF images which you can then print or send to friends and clients. It has a graphical user interface, so you can simply open a RAW file and experiment with the controls to see how they effect the image.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for making this PBI.

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Sep
29

2">New PBIs: Chromium and Emc2

Two new PBIs are now available in Software Manager:

Chromium: an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.

Emc2: a portable, interactive, graphical editor of two-dimensional mesh geometries. It can create and modify geometries (as in CAD), and define line discretizations, subdomains, and reference numbers (to take into account boundary conditions and material properties). Grid and Delaunay-Voronoi meshes composed of triangles or quadrilaterals can be regularized, rotated, and modified via the addition, removal, or moving of vertices.

Thanks to Kris Moore and Jesse Smith for these PBIs.

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Sep
28

Make-A-PBI

Jesse Smith, an active PC-BSD user and creator of many PBIs, is working on a program that automates parts of the FreeBSD port to an 8.x PBI conversion process. If you would like to try his command line utility, check out his Make-A-PBI Sourceforge page. He’s open to feedback, bug reports, and patches–see the contact information at that website if you have any to submit. If there’s enough interest, he’ll submit the program to the FreeBSD ports collection.

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Sep
25

Installing BigBlueButton on FreeBSD/PC-BSD

For those of you interested in testing BBB (an open source VoIP web conferencing system similar to commercial applications such as Webex), I’ve written a how-to on setting it up on a FreeBSD or PC-BSD 8.1 system. When I get a chance, I’ll test it with webcamd and desktop sharing. Once better tested, we’ll see what we can do about getting a BSD version of BBB. Creating a port/PBI will be interesting due to the amount of configuration. It may be better suited as a warden inmate or a virtual image that someone can quickly download and deploy.

If you give the how-to a go, leave a comment if you run across any issues or have suggestions on streamlining the how-to or increasing its security settings. We’d also be interested in knowing if this is something you’d like to see installed with PC-BSD or as a separate PBI/inmate/image add-on.

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Sep
23

9.0 TODO List and Some Updates">PC-BSD 9.0 TODO List and Some Updates

We’re starting to fill in the TODO list for PC-BSD 9.0 and you can view the list here. As items are marked as DONE, we’ll note them on the blog.

Two items were recently completed by Kris and he has hyperlinked their associated “DONE” with their location in the code repository.

The first is to modify the installer to allow for file-system selection when doing auto-partitioning and making UFS+SUJ the default file-system. If you’re not familiar with UFS+SUJ, it is described as follows by FreeBSD committer Ivan Voras:

The venerable UFS has finally received integrated journalling. Earlier it was possible to use gjournal (in whose making I’ve actually participated in an roundabout way) but it was a bulk-data journalling effort, making no distinction between data and metadata, requiring a large journal. The SUJ mode is an addon to SoftUpdates, extending it to record a very small intent-log journal for the edge-cases where it required a (light version of) fsck. This development makes UFS a fully fsck-less file system in the common case.

The second is the creation of the new pc-controlpanel utility. This is a “system settings”-like application which makes it easy to manage PC-BSD. After running it as root once, you can access any of the other PC-BSD specific GUI configuration utilities, regardless of the desktop environment or window manager being used.

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