FreeBSD 5.5, 6.1, and 6.2

On May 31st, FreeBSD 5.5, FreeBSD 6.1, and FreeBSD 6.2 will have reached their End of Life and will no longer be supported by the FreeBSD Security Team. Since FreeBSD 5.5 is the last remaining supported release from the FreeBSD 5.x stable branch, support for the FreeBSD 5.x stable branch will also cease at the same point. Users of any of these FreeBSD releases are strongly encouraged to upgrade to either FreeBSD 6.3 or FreeBSD 7.0 before that date.

Please note that the End of Life dates for FreeBSD 5.5 and FreeBSD 6.1 were announced in May 2006; and the End of Life for FreeBSD 6.2, which was originally announced as January 31, 2008, has been extended by four months in order to allow time for users to upgrade.

The FreeBSD Ports Management Team wishes to inform users that May 31st (the security team’s End-Of-Support date for FreeBSD 5.x) will also be the end of support for the Ports Collection on both 5.5-RELEASE and the 5-STABLE branch. Neither the infrastructure nor individual ports are guaranteed to work on these FreeBSD versions after that date. A CVS tag will be created for users who cannot upgrade for some reason; as of that commit, these users are advised to stop tracking the latest ports CVS repository and instead stay with the version as of that tag.

Source & more info (01-04-2008)

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.

DesktopBSD 1.7 – Development snapshot

The first development build of DesktopBSD 1.7, an operating system based on the recently released FreeBSD 7.0, was announced and ready for downloading & testing.

First, remember it’s an early snapshot, so there will be certainly some problems! But apart from that it’s DesktopBSD based on FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE. I did a first test, there are some minor quirks with the mounting tool and the scheduler is SCHED_4BSD, so it has got a performance drop, especially on uniprocessor systems. The first preview version will follow soon with SCHED_ULE activated and some other useful add-ons. So if you’re eager to test, you’re welcome, but remember it’s an early test! You can download the snapshot at the usual servers and we have pre-built packages for FreeBSD 7 on the server.

Release announcement | DesktopBSD-1.7-i386-SNAPSHOT.iso