Previous interviews with Kris Moore can be found here:
IT World has identified 7 open source projects that are friendly to the first-time contributor to get their teeth in.
Apart from LibreOffice, PostgreSQL and Ubuntu, IT World also shortlists PC-BSD:
“If Ubuntu sounds interesting, but you want something a little off the beaten path, Dru Lavigne, Director of Community Development at iXsystems, recommends PC-BSD. Based on FreeBSD (which is based on BSD UNIX), PC-BSD is a relatively young desktop operating system funded by iXsystems.
Lavigne says that the PC-BSD Users Handbook makes it easy to get up to speed.
“A whole chapter of the User Handbook is dedicated to the various ways one can get started contributing to the project,”
she says. If documentation is your thing, simply create a wiki account, and get started.
“Editors review and discuss changes to help the writer clearly explain the concepts they are writing about,”
If you’re not ready to dive right in to PC-BSD yet, the forums and IRC channel can help you get familiar with the project community.
“The project and its regular contributors work hard to keep the atmosphere friendly, nip inappropriate behaviour in the bud, and provide an area where users are comfortable helping each other,”
It’s great to see PC-BSD shortlisted. Read the whole article here:
“This package repository is frequently updated, usually bi-weekly, with the latest and greatest from the FreeBSD ports tree. We will be using this repository for the PC-BSD rolling release edition, but it can also be used anywhere else you need packages on a PC-BSD or FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE system. This can include FreeBSD, TrueOS, PC-BSD, Jails and more. Getting setup to use this new repository is easy, and only requires minimal configuration.
For detailed instructions, take a look at the step-by-step directions on the PC-BSD wiki.” (pcbsd blog)
Chris Buechler announced version 2.0.3 of pfSense today.
I’m happy to announce the release of pfSense 2.0.3. This is a maintenance release with some bug and security fixes since 2.0.2 release. You can upgrade from any previous release to 2.0.3.
Check the announcement for a long list with improvements and updates: pfSense 2.0.3 Release Now Available!
iXsystems continues to lead the way for free and open source software with the release of FreeNAS Version 8.3.1. With this update, FreeNAS becomes the first open source storage platform to offer encryption for the advanced Zettabyte File System (ZFS). This is the first point release of the 8.3 branch, including updates to several components for security and stability.
FreeNAS makes powerful features easy to use and accessible to everyone; until now, encryption for ZFS has been inaccessible to the general public. Thanks to ZFS encryption, security-conscious users will be able to prevent their data from being read if the disks are disconnected from their system.
The ZFS encryption module runs as fast as unencrypted volumes on processors that support the AES-NI instruction set. AES-NI instructions are available on many Intel and AMD processors.
The encryption key management has been made user friendly with options for automatically restarting the volume, or requiring an operator to manually enter in a key depending on the user’s required level of security. In addition encryption allows for confidence when retiring and recycling hard drives because the drives no longer need to be wiped provided the keys are obliterated.
In the future, iXsystems will be able to bring features and improvements from FreeBSD, the enterprise open source operating system, to the FreeNAS community faster. This is a result of the FreeNAS codebase moving to FreeBSD 9. Alfred Perlstein, VP of Software Engineering at iXsystems, says,
“With the FreeNAS and the FreeBSD code bases closer together, both userbases will benefit from testing and development done on the entire platform.”
FreeNAS 8.3.1 also updates many of the services and components of FreeNAS, providing upgraded hardware support, bug fixes, and performance enhancements. FreeNAS 8.3.0 has been the most popular FreeNAS release to date with over 500,000 downloads. iXsystems is looking forward to the continued growth of the FreeNAS community with the release of version 8.3.1, and to more opportunities to make powerful technology accessible for FreeNAS users.
FreeNAS is a free and open source Network Attached Storage operating system based on FreeBSD. The goal of the project is to design a lightweight, BSD-based software package that acts as a full featured NAS server, complete with a Django-based web user interface, full ZFS implementation, and the ability to interface with existing networks – regardless of operating system or protocol. The encryption system introduced in Version 8.3.1 makes FreeNAS the only Free and Open Source ZFS encryption offering in the world.
iXsystems builds rock solid enterprise-class server and storage solutions. All of our products are assembled, tested, and shipped from our company headquarters in Silicon Valley. Technical support is provided in-house by the same engineers that build the systems. Thousands of companies, universities, and U.S. Government departments have come to rely on iXsystems’ customer-first commitment to excellence. iXsystems champions the cause of Open Source technology by dedicating extensive resources to several FreeBSD community projects: FreeNAS, PC-BSD, FreeBSD, and TrueOS.
The DesktopBSD project is in the process of being revived. EchoD has brought the website and the forums back to live.
DesktopBSD 1.7 was released back in 2009 and Peter Hofer announced that would be the last release baked up by himself. Some German deve;opers took over the project, but nothing came to fruition and the website went offline.
Let’s see what the new developers have in stock and when DesktopBSD 2.0 will be out.
Eric Turgeon, lead developer of the GhostBSD project, has announced the release of GhostBSD 3.0. The latest version includes a lot of enhancements and new features, such as an improved system installer, Openbox window manager, and more.
Some of the highlights of GhostBSD 3.0 are:
- Openbox window manager is now fully supported;
- Improvements for the auto configuration wireless networking script have been implemented;
- Auto configuration of Xorg is now possible;
- Nvidia drivers have been added by default;
- 3D acceleration is now supported on some Intel graphics cards;
- Numerous bug-fixes have been added to the GhostBSD related utilities;
- Openbox and Lxde AMD64 ISO only fit on DVD;
- New Intel GPU driver with GEM/KMS support has been made available;
- ZFS improvements from the illumos project have been implemented;
- Kernel support has been added for the AVX FPU extension.
GhostBSD is a FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop with support for the GNOME2, LXDE and Openbox desktop environments.