Listen: FLOSS episode 182
This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.
Check out the blog post for a list of changes and enhancements: PC-BSD 9.0-BETA2 available for testing
The first BETA build of the 9.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Since this will be the first release on a brand new branch I’ll cross-post the announcements on both -current and -stable. But just so you know most of the developers active in head pay more attention to the -current mailing list. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the -current mailing list.
The 9.0-RELEASE cycle will be tracked here: http://wiki.freebsd.org/Releng/9.0TODO
Below a number of links to interesting FreeBSD (related) projects and resources.
ArabBSD is a new FreeBSD related project, working to create an Arabian FreeBSD operating system:
ArabBSD is a project which aims to provide infrastructure for the most reliable and secure operating system FreeBSD. We aim to have our own Arab Operating System developers soon starting from the analysis of FreeBSD infrastructure, block diagram formulation and call for research groups within each field. Anyone who is interesting in operating systems and their news can join us. They will keep up with OS. OS is about everything in life containing all the types of programming. You can develop in the kernel and you can use this Operating System as a virtual environment for your project.
10 years of pf presentation
Interview with Kris Moore (PC-BSD)
PC Perspective‘s John Davis interviewed Kris Moore recently. They talk about PC-BSD’s hardware support, performance, games and the future. The full interview can be read here: Interview with Kris Moore, Founder and Lead Developer at PC-BSD.
cyphertite is a high-security scalable solution for online backups that can be installed on FreeBSD. The project is looking for testers and feedback. cyphertite features include:
- client-based system
- IPv6 support
- compresses and encrypts all data before transmission
- deduplicates using fixed-size pieces of data called “chunks”
- all network traffic is encrypted using openssl certificates and keys
- realm deduplication i.e. only backs up a file once if it is on N computers that share the same user account
- incremental backups for shorter backup window and smaller metadata files
- local cache database of chunks already sent to server avoids unnecessary encryption and network traffic
- pay according to storage space used, not per client machine
- demonstrable privacy of client data with open source client
The Unix Method of Development Management
Spanish video on PC-BSD
Sergio Ligregnio’s presentation on PC-BSD (in Spanish).
A few days ago I mentioned that Kris Moore would be attending AsiaBSDCon 2011. Due to the changed circumstances in Japan Kris won’t be able to make this presentation now.
However, from his slides on the new PBI 9.0 format you can pretty much figure out what he was going to present. These slides are available in PDF format: The PBI Format re-implemented for Free/PC-BSD.
PBI 9 will be part of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 and Kris has written up an article in the lasted BSD Magazine on his progress and what new features we can expect: A quick look at the upcoming PC-BSD 9.
If you have some free time this week and wanting to check out some of the new features of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0, you can download and test drive the latest snapshot of PC-BSD 9.0.
One of the most interesting features are support of multiple window managers (gnome, kde, fluxbox etc) and the new PBI format.
If you come across any issues or if you have any suggestions, you may report them to the testing mailing list.
Download the PC-BSD 9-CURRENT testing snapshot
As you will know, PC-BSD closely follows FreeBSD’s release cycle (on which it is based) but makes it easier for use on the desktop. As a sidenote, Dru Lavigne, PC-BSD’s Community Manager, is doing a presentation this weekend at Scale 2011 on how PC-BSD compares to Linux and FreeBSD. This is her presentation outline:
With regards to the release of PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble Edition), this version contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, have a look at the changelog.
Some of the notable changes are:
- FreeBSD 8.2-Release
- KDE 4.5.5
- Added ability to select file-system type and encryption during auto-partitioning
- Able to toggle between MBR/GPT partitioning
- Various bug fixes to the wireless / network managers
This RC is expected to be the last RC version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 2-3 weeks.
In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:
- FreeBSD 8.2RC3
- KDE 4.5.5
- Xorg 7.5
- Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
- Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
- Nvidia Driver 96.43.16
PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.