BSDTalk interview: NYCBSDCon 2008 update

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 11 minutes interview with Isaac Levy and Steven Kreuzer. Subject of the interview are the preparations for the upcoming New York City BSD Conference (NYCBSDCon) 2008 (11-12 October 2008, New York). More information on the conference can be found at http://www.nycbsdcon.org/

BSDTalk 156 – Listen to or download the podcast: MP3 | OGG

This conference is listed on my public FreeBSD Events Calendar. Check it out for any BSD related events in your area.

BSD Magazine – Issue 2 – September 2008

The second issue of the BSD Magazine (September 2008) is out now.

More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-tos and extras. This is the table of contents:

06 BSD News
08 DVD contents description
10 OpenBSD 4.3 installation & configuration
18 You have installed it? Now what? Packages!!
22 OpenBSD
26 BSD Certification
30 Building an OpenBSD SAMP server with content filtering proxy
38 OpenBSD as an Desktop
40 Inside the PBI system
44 Connecting to other IM networks
50 Kernel File system – development in userspace
54 Securing IM using Jabber/XMPPP and LTS
58 OpenBSD and making money
61 Absolute FreeBSD 2nd edition
62 PC-BSD in schools
64 Interview with OpenBSD developer Damien Bergamini

For more information and subscriptions visit the BSD Magazine website.

FreeBSD Developers Summit – Cambridge 2008

The FreeBSD Developers Summit (15-18 August) has now kicked off in Cambridge (UK). Subject of  discussions, amongst others, are operating system virtualisation, access control and the FreeBSD 8.0 release.

This is an invitation only meeting for FreeBSD (core) developers, but you can check out the Dev Summit wik to see what’s going on behind the scenes or check Philip Paep”s blog

Our developer summit here in Cambridge started off rather well today. Robert decided that a brisk half hour walk from King’s to the computer lab was a good start of the day. I happen to agree.

Will keep you updated with any interesting stuff i find out, especially about FreeBSD 8.

For a general idea what sort of things get discussed at Dev Summits have a look at Bjoern A. Zeeb account of the BSDCan 2008 Developers Summit (with pictures).

Thanks to Rodrigo Osoriao for making me aware of this.

Check out any upcoming FreeBSD related events on my FreeBSD Google Calendar

FreeBSD project proposals deadline – 15 August

Just to remind anybody interested in FreeBSD development, the FreeBSD Foundation is

soliciting the submission of proposals for work relating to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system. A budget of $80,000 was allocated for 2008 to fund multiple development projects. Proposals will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit and cost-effectiveness.

If you want to help improve FreeBSD and would like to receive funding to do so, be quick: the deadline is 15 August 2008.

Details and requirements of the proposals can be downloaded here. Alternatively, there’s also the BSD Fund should you want financial support while developing for BSD.

LinuxWorld thinks Beastie is cool

Dru Lavigne reports that BSD users have known for a long time that Beastie is pretty cool.

According to a poll held at last week’s LinuxWorld, Beastie is far cooler than Tux, by a margin of 31.6% to 6.6%. Now we just have to work on being cooler than the firefox mascot…

Perhaps the Beastie babes had something to do with the results.

Personally I’ve always liked the new FreeBSD logo over the mascot and hence I’ve not used it very often here. What do you guys think, should I put Beastie somewhere on this blog to make it look and feel more BSD? What do you think?

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FreeBSD KDE 4.1 packages available

The FreeBSD packages for KDE4.1 are now available on the FreeBSD FTP servers. If you don’t want to build from source you can now use these packages to quickly install a KDE 4.1.0 desktop.

to install (as su) KDE4.1 enter:

pkg_add -r kde4-4.1.0

If you’re not familiar with installation of FreeBSD packages, or if you want to brush up your knowledge, have a look at Using the Packages System chapter from the FreeBSD handbook.