release: AskoziaPBX 1.0

After 14 months, 24 public betas, 40 developer snapshots and more than 45,000 downloads we’re very proud to announce the availability of version 1.0

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed patches, reported bugs, troubleshot hardware, provided translations and those actively helping in the forums. So many people have helped out with this effort it is impossible to begin naming names. We are a small group and could not have gotten this much accomplished without the community at hand.

We’d also like to thank our main sponsors Auerswald and Deciso for providing us with the financial means to continue full-time development as well as OpenVox who has donated a wide variety of testing hardware. You all are keeping this Open Source project afloat.

Congratulations to the AskoziaPBX Team and sponsors!

Links: DownloadsChangelog

gmirror – recovering data from a failed hard disk

Having a working RAID and data mirroring set up on your server/PC is great for when your one of your hard disks dies, but what to do when this really happens to you? How do you get that data back?

This article shows what to do to retrieve your data back on a FreeBSD system that uses gmirror

I like RAID. On my development server, I use both hardware and software RAID. For hardware RAID on FreeBSD, I like 3Ware. For software RAID, I tend to use gmirror, because I don’t need more than RAID-1.

Some time ago I added two 120GB HDD to this system. One was SATA, one was PATA. They were joined together via gmirror. Tonight I received some errors that one of the drives was failing. I replaced the drive, and recovered the mirror. I’ll show you what I did, mostly so I know what to do the next time it happens, but also so you can see what to do as well.

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Running Google Chrome on FreeBSD

Since Google Chrome just recently launched and it unfortunatly only supports Windows I felt a little bit dissapointed. But hey that doesn’t stop me so easy. So i decided to check out what wine (a windows api emulator for linux and FreeBSD) could do for me.

So i downloaded chrome and tried to run ChromeSetup.exe with wine. No success, wine whined about a windows sytem call regarding http not implemented. So i googled around a bit and noticed that that call was implemented in the latest wine… Did i run the latest wine? no…

Read further: Part 1 - Part 2

Yesterday I mentioned that Google Chrome is released under the BSD License. Oliver suggested (in the comments) that the EULA is very restrictive and Chrome cannot be ported to FreeBSD. Google has changed the EULA now after a storm of protest. Ars Techica concludes that since Chrome is released under the BSD license, the EULA is unenforceable.

It’s worth noting that the EULA is largely unenforceable because the source code of Chrome is distributed under an open license. Users could simply download the source code, compile it themselves, and use it without having to agree to Google’s EULA. The terms of the BSD license under which the source code is distributed are highly permissive and impose virtually no conditions or requirements on end users.

Whatever the license restrictions, Chrome is open source and I’m sure the Wine team will get it to run without major hickups soon.

Google web browser: Chrome

On 1 September Google introduced its new web browser, Chrome, with a comic book.

Yesterday when Chrome became available I installed it and have been using it happily for a few hours. It’s light weight, fast and stable. As can be expected from Google the browser is simple and has a clean and intuitive user interface.

Today, Google launched a new web browser called Google Chrome. At the same time, we are releasing all of the code as open source under a permissive BSD license. The open source project is called Chromium – after the metal used to make chrome. Today, Google launched a new web browser called Google Chrome. At the same time, we are releasing all of the code as open source under a permissive BSD license. The open source project is called Chromium – after the metal used to make chrome.  Source

I know it’s only a beta version yet, but I was missing my favourite (Firefox) extensions and a “subscribe to RSS button”. Hopefully this will be added before the final version comes out.

Did you know that Microsoft had a multimedia browser project code-named Chrome back in 1998?Ironical or what?

Is the launch of Chrome the beginning of another browser war? We don’t know yet, but competition is always good. Do you remember the anti-trust cases against Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer to Windows? Microsoft is now planning to sue Google because of Chrome claiming that Google is a monopoly, according to the Inquirer.

You may wonder why I post this on my BSD focused blog. Well, in the first place because Chrome is an open source project released under the permissive BSD license, and secondly I’m just excited about it. Google will be releasing a Linux and MAC version soon. Maybe this can be ported to FreeBSD too…?