May
02

Dru Lavigne Will be Speaking @ KnoxBUG

If you missed the inaugural meeting of the Knoxville BSD User Group, you definitely don’t want to miss this one.  Lead Documentation Expert and author for the PC-BSD and FreeNAS projects Dru Lavigne will be giving a talk: “You Too Can Doc Like an Egyptian”.  For more information on meeting times and venue, please visit the Knoxville Tennessee BSD User Group’s web page.  We hope to see you there!

http://www.knoxbug.org/content/2016-05-26

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Mar
16

Call For Artists: New Icon Theme

Source: Call For Artists: New Icon Theme

Since the founding of the Lumina desktop project, one of the most common questions I get asked is: “I am not a programmer, but how can I help out?” Well today I would like to open up a new method of contributing for those of you that are graphically-inclined: the creation of a brand new icon theme for the Lumina desktop!

This new icon theme will adhere to the FreeDesktop specifications[1] for registering an icon theme, and the good news is that I have already handled all the administrative setup/framework for you so that all you need to do to contribute is basically just send in icon files!

Here are the highlights for the new theme:

  1. Included within the main Lumina source repository
  2. All icons will be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. This is comparable to the 3-clause BSD license, but specifically for static images/files (whereas the BSD license is for source code).
  3. This will be a high-contrast, high-resolution, fully-scalable (SVG) theme.
  4. The general concept is a white foreground, with a black outline/shadow around the icon, and colorized emblems/overlays for distinguishing between similar icons (“folder” vs “folder-network” for instance). We are going for a more professional/simple look to the icons since tiny image details generally do not scale as well across the range we are looking at.

The details on how to contribute an icon to the theme are listed on the repository page as well, but here is the summary:

  1. Icons which are still needed are listed in the TODO.txt files within each directory.
  2. Submit the icon file via git pull request
  3. Add an entry for your icon/submission to the AUTHORS file (to ensure each contributor gets proper credit for their work)
  4. Remove the icon from the appropriate TODO.txt file/list

If you are not familiar with git or how to send git pull requests, feel free to email me the icon file(s) you want to contribute and I can add them to the source tree for you (and update the AUTHORS/TODO files as necessary). Just be sure to include your full name/email so we can give you the proper credit for your work (if you care about that).

 

As an added bonus since we don’t have any actual icons yet (just the general guidelines), the first contributor to send in some icons will get to help decide the overall look-n-feel of the icon theme!

 

Have Fun!

 

Ken Moore

 

[1] FreeDesktop Specifications

  • Theme Registration: https://specifications.freedesktop.org/icon-theme-spec/icon-theme-spec-latest.html
  • Icon Names: https://specifications.freedesktop.org/icon-naming-spec/latest/ar01s04.html
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Mar
08

New Video Tutorial on the Pipelight Plugin and Netflix in PC-BSD

We recently looked at the pipelight port that recently received a patch in the ports tree and made a video for you guys.

I’ll just leave this here…

Watching Netflix in PC-BSD

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Jan
08

opensource.com PC-BSD review

Joshua Allen Holm of opensource.com gave PC-BSD an awesome review on their web blog!   Head on over and check it out!   Make sure to comment on their blog to show your thanks for supporting PC-BSD.

https://opensource.com/life/15/12/bsd-desktop-user-review-pc-bsd

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Dec
03

PC-BSD: Much Faster Than “Linux”

Larry Cafiero over at fossforce.com has recently switched over from Linux to PC-BSD/FreeBSD, and has been writing articles about the switch. Today, he published an interesting article specifically about PC-BSD, with a lot of nice things to say such as this great quotable:

Linux was fast enough on this machine. But in street racing parlance, with PC-BSD I’m burning rubber in all four gears.

If you are on the fence about PC-BSD or just curious about another person’s experience in switching over, you should definitely give this one a read.

 

Original Article: “The Devil & BSD: Leaving Linux Behind”

Current Article: “Is That Linux? No, It’s PC-BSD”

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Oct
26

Lumina Desktop 0.8.7 Released!

The Lumina desktop environment has just been updated to version 0.8.7! Pre-built packages for this version are already available on the PC-BSD “Edge” pkg repository (x11/lumina[-i18n]), and will be included in next months 11.x “development” image as well.

This version also includes a few PC-BSD specific changes, such as now we have a custom “PCBSD” compile time option which installs the pre-configured settings for PC-BSD desktop systems, and removes the need for an additional file overlay by the PC-BSD project. If you are using “pure” FreeBSD, you may also install the PC-BSD settings by enabling that compile time option when you build the port.

For the full release announcement, head over to the Lumina website!

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