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.

Fry’s Electronics to sell PC-BSD 1.4

iXsystems has announced a distribution agreement with Fry’s Electronics whereby all Fry’s 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 Fry’s Electronics.

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

We are confident that the availability of PC-BSD at Fry’s Electronics will increase the familiarity and adoption of PC-BSD

FreeBSD is already the server operating system of choice for many system administrators. 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

said Theresa Garner, General Manager of FreeBSD Mall.

We are confident that the availability of PC-BSD at Fry’s Electronics will increase the familiarity and adoption of PC-BSD”, said Michael Lauth, CEO of iXsystems. “Once users try PC-BSD they will be impressed by the wide array of features characterizing this open source operating system, including out-of-the-box support for Flash 7 in native BSD browsers, official NVIDIA drivers to simplify activating hardware acceleration, optional 3D desktop using Compiz Fusion, and a new graphical wireless configuration tool to easily establish a wireless connection with supported network adapters.

PC-BSD is expected to become available in all Fry’s stores nationwide by Monday, November 19. Fry’s has stores in Northern California, Southern California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Announcement

PC-BSD 1.4.1 available

PC-BSD 1.4.1 has been released. These are the major changes:

  • Upgrades Compiz 0.5.2 to Compiz-Fusion 0.6.0
  • Switches from HPIJS to HPLIP for better printer / scanner support.
  • Adds extra screen savers with X-Screensaver package
  • Updates NVIDIA drivers to latest releases from NVIDIA.
  • Updates GTK / Pango libraries to latest in ports
  • Fixes some misc bugs with PBI Removal tool, and Network manager.
  • Fixes issue with “tar” extract error during install when using custom partitioning.
  • Switches ISO to LZMA compression, speeding up the install and reducing the size of the CD ISO image.
  • Fixed bug with some of doc files have unreadable permissions
  • Added anacron config into base system
  • Fixed bug starting the PCBSD Updater tool

The 1.4.1 ISO can be downloaded here and users of PC-BSD 1.4 can easily upgrade via “system update” or by downloading and installing this PBI.

SpreadBSD Campaign

ixsystemslogo.jpgiXsystems, the company behind the PC-BSD Project and supporter of the FreeBSD Project is currently developing a community web site to promote FreeBSD and PC-BSD. The site will look pretty much like SpreadFirefox.

We will need banner ads such as the Firefox ones for the BSD community to use on their web sites. If you like to design artwork, feel free to email me your creations and I’ll make sure it gets to the right person at iXsystems. We will use the best submissions. Please respect the standard dimensions. Use png/gif for images, or jpeg for photos (lots of colors). This aside, you’re fairly free to design what you want to promote FreeBSD or PC-BSD.

www.spreadfreebsd.org
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30 Days with PC-BSD and DesktopBSD

Jan Stedehouder used PC-BSD for thirty days to see what living with it is like. On day thirty, he concludes:

Does PC-BSD have the potential to be a serious contender for the open source desktop? I answered that question with a yes, because the potential is there. The solid FreeBSD roots, the very strong and very accessible information, the friendly and mature community and the PBI system provide the foundations for that potential. I don’t think it is ready now and I couldn’t recommend it yet to someone in the early stages of moving away from Windows to an open source desktop. But I do think that the PC-BSD team has the right target audience in mind and is building an system and a support system that addresses it’s needs.

He has now finished that journey and he’s going to do the same with DesktopBSD from Nov 1st.

Check his website for the daily updates.

Joe Sixpack goes BSD

Marti van Lin has started using

Marti van Lin has started using PC-BSD and is sharing his experience on his blog:

BSD has the reputation of being the most geeky OS, simply because it’ s rarely used by average users. The reason is that the average think its too complicated, which IMHO is far from the truth. The only thing with any OS is, that if you want to use all of its power, it takes some learning curve, no exclusions.

Once upon a time GNU/Linux was considered a strictly Geek OS to, but times have changed. BSD however remained to be as such. Well, not quite!

He then deals with

  • Installation (straight forward)
  • First boot, the Ooooooh wow! effect (Nvidia, Geforce, X)
  • Eyecandy for lusers (Compiz-Fusion, Superkaramba)
  • PBI: the package system (installing PBIs)

and concludes the article with:

PC-BSD is an extremely user friendly and secure BSD, based on the rock solid FreeBSD 6.2 stable core, with a easy to use package management system, a friendly installation GUI and great hardware recognition. It is easy enough for average users and interesting enough for advanced users. It’ s a easy pathway to the world of BSD *a must have*!

Read the whole article here

PC-BSD and is sharing his

href=”http://osgeex.blogspot.com/2007/09/joe-sixpack-goes-bsd.html”>experience on his blog:

BSD has the reputation of being the most geeky

OS, simply because it’ s rarely used by average users. The reason is that the average think its too complicated, which IMHO is far from the truth. The only

thing with any OS is, that if you want to use all of its power, it takes some learning curve, no exclusions.

Once upon a time GNU/Linux was considered a

strictly Geek OS to, but times have changed. BSD however remained to be as such. Well, not quite!

He then deals with

  • Installation (straight forward)
  • First boot, the Ooooooh wow! effect (Nvidia, Geforce, X)
  • Eyecandy for lusers(Compiz-Fusion, Superkaramba)
  • PBI: the package system (installing PBIs)

and concludes the article with:

PC-BSD is an

extremely user friendly and secure BSD, based on the rock solid FreeBSD 6.2 stable core, with a easy to use package management system, a friendly

installation GUI and great hardware recognition. It is easy enough for average users and interesting enough for advanced users. It’ s a easy pathway to the

world of BSD *a must have*!

Read the whole article here

Flash on FreeBSD/PC-BSD/DBSD

Previously we reported Matteo’s suggestion on how to get Flash and YouTube/Google Video to work on FreeBSD, but now that gnash-0.8.1 is in the ports tree (and hence avilable for FreeBSD, PC-BSD and DesktopBSD), the greasemonkey+mplayer hack is no longer needed to watch these videos.

It seems like Flash it getting better on the BSD desktop (Gnash, swfDec, Adobe Flash) but unfortunately this is only Flash 7. According to this post Gnash still needs a lot of working on. Youtube videos work, but anything more complicated code-wise (eg. Flash games) make Gnash crash.

CNN for instance and a lot of other popular websites use Flash 9, so there’s still a problem for *BSD users. Or not…?

There’s now a PBI available for PCBSD 1.4 of the Windows version of Firefox with Flash 9 (using Wine) which can be downloaded here or here.

However, Gnash, swfDec or the Flash 9 PBI are little hacks in order to get Adobe Flash working on the BSD Desktop. What we want from you, Adobe, is either a BSD Flash version of an open source version of Flash so we can make it work ourselves.