Interview with Kris Moore, PC-BSD (Distrowatch)

PC-BSD LogoDistrwatch interviewed Kris Moore, founder and lead developer of PC-BSD, a user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD.

They talk about the history of and reasons for creating PC-BSD, PBI package management, the upcoming PC-BSD 7, KDE4.1:

The so-called “distribution for the average Joe” market has been expanding at a rapid pace in recent years. While the vast majority of these projects is invariably based on Linux, we have also witnessed a few attempts to create a user-friendly “distribution” based on operating systems that traditionally belonged to the hacker’s domain, notably FreeBSD and OpenSolaris. One of them is PC-BSD, a project launched in 2005. Its main goal? To hide the complexity of FreeBSD and to deliver an alternative to Linux on the desktop. Its main claim to fame? The web-based software installation infrastructure called PBI. Its community? Over 8,000 registered forum members and a growing network of world-wide community sites. All this thanks to the original vision and undying conviction of Kris Moore, the founder and lead developer of PC-BSD.

Kris was kind enough to answer a few questions about his beginnings with FreeBSD and the forthcoming release of PC-BSD 7.0.

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meetBSD California – FreeBSD 15 year anniversary

It was 15 years ago that Internet history was forever changed when FreeBSD 1.0 was released. iXsystemswill be hosting the 15 Year Anniversary Party at the meetBSD California conference in Mountain View, California.

meetBSD California, based on the popular meetBSD conference in Poland, is a 2 day event on Saturday and Sunday, November 15th and 16th, 2008 [check the calendar for other events].

Besides the intimate BSD conference with notable BSD speakers and great FreeBSD Anniversary/meetBSD schwag, we’ll be having the private FreeBSD Anniversary party at Buddha Lounge in Mountain View on
Saturday night. Anybody attending the FreeBSD 10 Year Anniversary Party can attest to the fact that this is not to be missed!

Of course, there will be a commemorative anniversary t-shirt for attendees as well as other exciting prize.

Source: FreeBSD Announce Mailinglist

Archive: Ten Years of FreeBSD: Anniversary Party a Success

Tentative milestone dates for FreeBSD 7.1 and 6.4

The FreeBSD Project is about to start the release cycle for FreeBSD-7.1 and FreeBSD-6.4. The proposed schedule for the “major events” of the cycle is:

  • Freeze August 29
  • BETA September 1
  • Branch September 6
  • 6.4-RC1 September 8
  • 7.1-RC1 September 15
  • 6.4-RC2 September 22
  • 7.1-RC2 September 29
  • 6.4-REL October 6
  • 7.1-REL October 13

Check out the FreeBSD Calendar for other events.

Thanks to Gonzalo Nemmi for submitting this.

Setting up Squid on FreeBSD (howto)

Squid is a caching proxy and conserving badwidth application for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. Squid has extensive access controls and makes a great server accelerator. With Squid, you can reduce the network/internet traffic by 30% or more from normal usage (without squid) and enhance respone time.

Step-by-step instructions on how to install Squid on FreeBSD can be found here.

FreeBSD flash player

According to Alex Bustin, an engineer of Flash development at Sony, there’s a 32-bit Flash player for FreeBSD.

I know that iXsystems, the corporate sponsor behind the PC-BSD project, is talking to/collaborating with Adobe on a FreeBSD version of Flash, but it would be great if this report is true. That would be at least be one less barrier for the adoption of FreeBSD as desktop operating system (including PC-BSD and DesktopBSD) ;-)

beta release: AskoziaPBX pb14.3

The project team behind AskoziaPBX, a FreeBSD based Asterisk server system, is getting ready for the 1.0 release. Today version pb14.3 was released, with the following changes and updates:

  • new outgoing Caller ID options for ISDN and Analog Providers
  • new Portuguese language audio prompts
  • updated webGUI localizations (Greek, German, Italian and Dutch)
  • annoying “Remote UNIX connection” messages no longer generated
  • systems with Cyrix 5530 ATA controllers now working
  • ACPI issues fixed, Intel D201GL* boards now working
  • scriptaculous updated to 1.8.1 and misc. Javascript cleanups

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