Interview with Kris Moore, PC-BSD (Distrowatch)

PC-BSD LogoDistrwatch interviewed Kris Moore, founder and lead developer of PC-BSD, a user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD.

They talk about the history of and reasons for creating PC-BSD, PBI package management, the upcoming PC-BSD 7, KDE4.1:

The so-called “distribution for the average Joe” market has been expanding at a rapid pace in recent years. While the vast majority of these projects is invariably based on Linux, we have also witnessed a few attempts to create a user-friendly “distribution” based on operating systems that traditionally belonged to the hacker’s domain, notably FreeBSD and OpenSolaris. One of them is PC-BSD, a project launched in 2005. Its main goal? To hide the complexity of FreeBSD and to deliver an alternative to Linux on the desktop. Its main claim to fame? The web-based software installation infrastructure called PBI. Its community? Over 8,000 registered forum members and a growing network of world-wide community sites. All this thanks to the original vision and undying conviction of Kris Moore, the founder and lead developer of PC-BSD.

Kris was kind enough to answer a few questions about his beginnings with FreeBSD and the forthcoming release of PC-BSD 7.0.

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beta release: AskoziaPBX pb14.3

The project team behind AskoziaPBX, a FreeBSD based Asterisk server system, is getting ready for the 1.0 release. Today version pb14.3 was released, with the following changes and updates:

  • new outgoing Caller ID options for ISDN and Analog Providers
  • new Portuguese language audio prompts
  • updated webGUI localizations (Greek, German, Italian and Dutch)
  • annoying “Remote UNIX connection” messages no longer generated
  • systems with Cyrix 5530 ATA controllers now working
  • ACPI issues fixed, Intel D201GL* boards now working
  • scriptaculous updated to 1.8.1 and misc. Javascript cleanups

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How to resize ZFS in FreeNAS

One of the frequently asked questions regarding ZFS. Is it possible to resize a RAIDZ, RAIDZ2 or MIRRORED ZPOOL?

The answer is a littlebit complicated…
If you want to change the ‘geometry’ of the ZPOOL (for example: change from a mirrored pool to a raidz, or simply add a disk to a raidz, or change from raidz to raidz2) then the answer is no.

But it is possible to change the disks of a pool with bigger ones and use the space.

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new release: AskoziaPBX pb14.1

Michael Iedema announced the availability of AskoziaPBX 14.1

after a week of testing and feedback, we’re proud to announce pb14.1! Thanks to everyone for taking the time to let us know what you did and did not like. Also, a huge thanks to those providing webGUI translations.

Some of the changes and updates:

  • New localizations for simplified and traditional Chinese, Danish and Dutch
  • Sorting the logs in reverse order has been reinstated
  • SIP and IAX2 URIs can now be used as dialstrings for external phone accounts
  • Users may now define their own voicemail notification e-mail messages
  • Dynamic dns update server address for zoneedit has been fixed
  • jquery updated to 1.2.6

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