iXsystems announces distribution agreement with Micro Center

After the distribution agreement with Fry’s Electronics, iXsystems has announced (10/12/2007) an agreement with Micro Center:

“iXsystems announced today a distribution agreement with Micro Center, a leading edge provider of computer products, whereby all Micro Center stores nationwide will carry PC-BSD Version 1.4, Da Vinci Edition. The agreement marks the first time that the PC-BSD operating system is made available for purchase at Micro Center.

PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE. FreeBSD is one of the most pervasive UNIX-like operating systems in the world. It is widely recognized as the most stable and secure server operating system available today.

PC-BSD will be stocked in 21 Micro Center store locations, which can be found all throughout the United States

PC-BSD will be stocked in 21 Micro Center store locations, which can be found all throughout the United States

said Theresa Garner, General Manager of FreeBSD Mall.

As a result, this historic agreement will ensure that PC-BSD, the open source desktop operating system running FreeBSD under the hood, becomes available to a mainstream market at a nationwide level.

The increasing availability of PC-BSD, especially through this agreement with Micro Center, will enable first-time users to successfully experience the superiority of this operating system firsthand,

said Kris Moore, Director of PC-BSD Software Development.

Unlike most other open source operating systems, PC-BSD’s programs are self-contained and do not have shared dependencies. As a result the installation of one program does not necessarily mean the possible disruption of another. The end result is a trouble-free user experience for both technical and non-technical users.

PC-BSD is expected to become available in all Micro Center stores nationwide by Wednesday, December 19. Micro Center has stores in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.”

Source: PR Web (10/12/2007)

DigitalUnderground TV: M0n0wall

On the <a href=”http://digitalunderground.tv/”>Digital Underground</a> (episode 4) <em>Frank Linhares</em> and <em>Mike Lazazzera</em> discuss the open source FreeBSD based M0n0wall (from minute 34:03).

Other subjecs discussed are: Windows UI Hacking, MythTV and revive an old iPod

<a href=”http://www.metacafe.com/watch/937256/digital_underground_episode_4/”>Digital Underground – Episode 4</a>

New PBI Build Server

PC-BSD is in the process implementing a new PBI build system, which automatically tracks the FreeBSD ports collection, and generates new PBIs from these ports, daily. Please watch the pcbsd.org site for more information about this new build system over the next few days.

The following PBIs have been created automatically by the server:

  1. FireFox 2.0.0.10
  2. Thunderbird 2.0.0.9
  3. Wine 0.9.48
  4. K3B 1.0.3
  5. GIMP 2.4.0
  6. KTorrent 2.2.2
  7. Kdesvn 0.13.0
  8. FileZilla 3.0.1

Minor PC-BSD update (1.4.1.1)

An online update from PC-BSD 1.4.1 -> 1.4.1.1 has been released today, as both a standalone PBI patch & Online Update. This version includes an update to the CUPS 1.3.3 package, as well as other fixes / improvements to printing support. Users may upgrade to this version via the Online Update utility in PC-BSD 1.4.1, or by downloading a patch installer on our updates page.

Frenzy 1.1 – development continued

After a long period of silence the development of Frenzy will be continued. The next version will be more sysadmin-oriented (most of desktop applications will be removed and installation to HDD will be disabled).

Since unionfs is usuable in FreeBSD now, Frenzy will heavily use it’s advantages. The most notable feature is Frenzy Extension Modules (FEM), which allow to add applications to LiveCD/LiveUSB without rebuilding (similar feature in Damn Small Linux and SLAX).

Public beta build of Frenzy 1.1 will be available soon.

Source : Frenzy forum (16/11/2007)

m0n0wall 1.3 Beta5 released

m0n0wall-logo2.gifA new beta release (1.5) of m0n0wall 1.3 has been released. The development changelog of the FreeBSD-based mini firewall lists the following improvements:

  • Added siproxd for transparent SIP proxying and masquerading and simple registrar service
  • added vr(4) driver VLAN fix (for ALIX, etc.)
  • sisX interface names are now automatically changed to vrX when running on ALIX
  • added reset button driver for ALIX
  • upgraded ipfilter to 4.1.23
  • fixed FIN handling in ipnat FTP proxy
  • changed logo, license and footer to include registered trademark sign

m0n0wall 1.3b is based on FreeBSD 6.x and has better hardware support than the FreeBSD 4.x-based versions (up to version 1.23), as well as a few new features. However, it also has higher hardware requirements.

RoFreeSBIE 1.3 Released

rofreesbie.pngRoFreeSBIE 1.3 is a new release from the project developing an installable live DVD, based on the latest FreeBSD and designed for desktop use (This version is based on FreeBSD-6.3-PRERELEASE).

RoFreeSBIE 1.3 has improved startup scripts, backup and restore scripts. Using backup and restore scripts you can save all system settings to a floppy or an USB storage device and retrieve them at the next startup. Almost all possible settings can be saved (network configuration, firewall etc). RoFreeBSIE – the mobile desktop.

This version also comes with some new features:

  • the possibility to activate and deactivate Nvidia drivers on the fly.
  • a new installer (from the DesktopBSD project)
  • Xorg 7.3, KDE 3.5.7, latest Nvidia drivers, new startup scripts, new scripts for mounting removable media.

Download here