Jess had a chance recently to ask iXsystems IT director Josh Paetzel a few questions about the up-coming PC-BSD release and iXsystems’ involvement with BSD.
It was some time overdue, but I have updated the FreeBSD based projects and systems Page.
I have added a section “Discontinued and unmaintained systems”, and moved DesktopBSD, AskoziaPBX and Frenzy to this section.
I have added Tomahawk Desktop under “desktop systems” and GhostBSD to the “live CD” section.
If you’re aware of any missing projects (even non-English ones), drop me a line and I’ll add them.
There are many RSS desktop readers available for Win, Mac, Linux and FreeBSD. There are also many browser based readers, such as Google Reader etc.
Never used RSS? Here’s how Google Reader works
The FreeBSD Mall is now shipping FreeBSD® Version 8.0. The four-disc CD set or dual-sided DVD is available for purchase, either individually or on a subscription basis at a discounted price. The FreeBSD Mall has a long tradition of providing a reliable source of software, documentation, and support to the open source community.
We are pleased to be the primary distributor of the FreeBSD 8.0 release. FreeBSD Mall takes its commitment to customer service very seriously, and will continue its current tradition of providing outstanding FreeBSD services and software through this latest release.
says Theresa Garner, General Manager, FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
FreeBSD Version 8.0 marks the beginning of the new 8-STABLE branch, which improves upon the functionality of FreeBSD Version 7.X and introduces new features. Key focuses of the FreeBSD 8.0 release include wireless networking, virtualization, and storage technology.
The release features the addition of Virtual Access Points (VAP) support to 802.11 wireless networking, which allows mulitiple wireless networks to be hosted from a single access point. Draft 802.11 mesh networking support allows FreeBSD-based devices to dynamically link together to create a larger wireless network.
In addition, virtual machine administrators can now create their own nested jails, and FreeBSD now supports host and guest modes in Virtual Box. FreeBSD 8.0 can also run as a 32-bit Xen Dom U guest.
Other notable features of FreeBSD 8.0 include:
- NFSv3 GSSAPI support, experimental NFSv4 client and server.
- 802.11s D3.03 wireless mesh networking and Virtual Access Point support.
- ZFS is no longer in experimental status.
- Ground-up rewrite of USB, including USB target support.
- Continued SMP scalability improvements in many areas, especially VFS.
- Revised network link layer subsystem.
- Experimental MIPS architecture support.
Due to the growth of the business they have recently moved to a production facility.
Some pictures of the new assembly hall can be seen here.
A video of the new office and hall can be watched here
FreeNAS will stay FreeBSD-based, with the ZFS file system and the project will stay open source. The roadmap and some other things are still being thought about and worked on.
Keramidas talks about font substitution in Firefox and other GTK+ base programs.
The DejaVu font family is a very popular font collection for Linux and BSD systems. The font package of DejaVu includes a condensed variant; a variation of the same basic font theme that sports narrower characters.
The difference between the two font variants is very easy to spot when they are displayed side by side. The following image shows a small part of a Firefox window, displaying news articles as part of a Google Reader session:
FreeBSD developer Poul-Henning Kamp (phk) has sued Lenovo in Denmark (Google translation, original here) over their refusal to refund the Windows Vista Business license, even though he declined the EULA during installation. Lenovo argues that they sell the computer as a full product, and that they cannot refund it partially, such as the power supply or the OS even if people intend to use a different one. This seems to be contrary to previous rulings in the EU where Acer and HP has been forced to refund the ‘Microsoft tax.’
“It is clear from Lenovo’s website to your computer comes with Windows Vista Business installed and any reasonable customer should expect that the general license terms for Windows Vista applies, including the previous paragraph.
“Nowhere on the Lenovo website, I have been able to find any indication that Microsoft’s standard license was not valid for the copy of Windows Vista Business that came with your computer.
“Lenovo has certainly lots of Microsoft-paid “advertising” on their website where they write that “Lenovo recommends Windows Vista”, but a recommendation is not a requirement.
“My first contention is that Lenovo should live up to the wording of the agreement text explicitly makes them the one party that they themselves cause presented at the computer screen when you turn the first time and explicitly described the screen as only being an requirements for using Windows Vista Business and not the computer as a whole.”
Good for Poul.