Using two monitors with X.org & FreeBSD

Dan Langille has added a useful howto to his FreeBSD Diary website: Using two monitors with X.org

This is a must-read if you’re trying to / going to set up a FreeBSD system with 2 screens and x.org.

BSDTalk has an interview with Dan Langille about his new job with Afilias and BSDCan 2008 (BSDCan 2008 link for pfSense users)

On a sidenote: a couple of weeks ago I came across this video on myspace:

Compiz 0.5.2 running on FreeBSD 6.2 and Xorg 7.2 with 2 monitors each @ 2560×1600. The combined screen is 5120×1600 and is using Twinview, powered by an nvidia 8800 GTX.

Zimbra on FreeBSD – petition

Zimbra logo - zimbra ported to freebsd petitionWould you like to see Zimbra ported to FreeBSD? Zimbra is a next generation, open source messaging and collaboration suite.

If you like me would love to use Zimbra on FreeBSD, please sign the petition and let’s encourage Yahoo to port this to FreeBSD.

Zimbra, a Yahoo! company, is the leader in open source, next-generation messaging and collaboration software. We built Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) with the belief existing email and calendaring solutions are broken- the result is an innovative experience for end-users and system administrators.

ZCS integrates your entire organization. We emphasize compatibility with today’s diverse desktop and application environments. This means, for instance, desktop users in Outlook can share their calendar with peers who use Apple iCal or Zimbra Desktop on Linux.

ZCS streamlines your workflow and saves time. Our browser-based AJAX client delivers a richer experience with a message conversation view and visual search builder that makes multi-gigabyte inboxes easier to use. We also integrate 3rd party applications as “mash-ups” via web services so you can view CRM data, maps, or anything else without leaving the context of a message.

ZCS uses open technology. The Zimbra Server is built with open technology and runs on Linux and Mac OS X; think of it as your open source Exchange alternative. The Open Source Edition is free, we also offer a Network Edition with Zimbra support

Zimbra Screenshots | Zimbra petition

GNOME 2.22.0 for FreeBSD

The GNOME 2.22.0 desktop environment is now available for FreeBSD. The official GNOME 2.22 release notes can be found here (inlc screenshots).

On the FreeBSD front, this release features:

  • an updated hal port with support for video4linux devices,
  • DRM (Direct Rendering)
  • GStreamer received a large upgrade

Be sure to consult UPDATING on the proper steps to upgrade all of your GNOME ports.

DTrace support in FreeBSD Current

John Birrell has announced that Sun’s DTrace support is being committed to FreeBSD Current.

I plan to start committing stuff bit-by-bit starting a week from now, subject to review of the bits.

As part of this work I will be moving the CDDL sources that ZFS uses into a separate CDDL-specific tree according to core@ instructions (resulting from their license review).

Announced on the FreeBSD Current mailinglist (16/03/2008)

Open USENIX archives

USENIX has made the records of all its proceedings public

The USENIX Association, a leading forum for presenting cutting edge developments in computing, announced today that open access to its conference proceedings will now be available free of charge to the general public. In doing so, USENIX continues to fulfill its mission to support and disseminate research in advanced computing.

Since 1975, the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the latest advances in the computing world. USENIX has delivered innumerable industry “firsts” at past conferences, including ONYX, the first attempt at UNIX hardware; the launch of the first UNIX product by Digital Equipment Corporation; the first paper on Sendmail by Eric Allman; the first Perl presentation by Tom Christiansen; and the first report on Oak, which later became Java.

The USENIX conference proceedings are highly coveted documents that contain tomorrow’s innovations,” said Ellie Young, Executive Director, USENIX. “By making the papers immediately available to all, USENIX removes all barriers to accessing information about the latest computing advances.