The Open Source community united

I really like this picture that I stumbled upon last week.
daemon-tux-duke-mozilla

I can see Tux, Beastie, Duke, Mozilla, OpenBSD, R. Stallman, GTK, Java, OpenOffice.org, GNU, Java, Apache. I don’t recognise the person between GNU and R. Stallman, neither am I sure what the camel is supposed to represent. If I’ve missed out any, let me know in the comments below.

PC-BSD 1.5 Edison final – released

PC-BSD LogoThe PC-BSD Team is happy to announce the availability of PC-BSD 1.5 Edison. Some of the highlights of this version are:

  • Xorg 7.3
  • KDE 3.5.8
  • Based on FreeBSD 6.3 release (next version will be based on 7.0)
  • NEW System Updater tool – Keeps system & PBIs up to date – Allows override variables, so admins can use their own mirrors / servers to roll out updates to users.
  • Improvements to WiFi tool, BSSID support and better SSID support
  • Improvements to the PBI Removal tool – Remove a list of PBIs at a time
  • NEW sound detection program! Uses XML backend to identify and load modules
  • NEW amd64 build of 1.5, including PBI that are on our auto-build server
  • NEW PBI icon preview library, now a PBI file shows the icon embedded in it on your desktop, not the generic “PBI” format icon

PC-BSD is a complete desktop operating system, designed with the “casual” computer user and offers the stability and security that only a BSD-based operating system bring.

This release is now available to be downloaded from mirrors around the world. Additionally for users who are running PC-BSD 1.4 or 1,3, a installable update will be released in the next few days which migrates a system to version 1.5. Please watch www.pcbsd.org for more information!

PC-BSD 1.5 Edison – available for pre-order

PC-BSD 1.5 EdisonPC-BSD 1.5 Edison can now be pre-ordered from freebsdmall.com.

PC-BSD 1.5 Edison Edition is a fully functional open source desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.3-STABLE. FreeBSD is one of the most used UNIX-like operating systems in the world and is widely renowned as the most stable and secure server operating system. PC-BSD has a Push-Button Installer (PBI) wizard developed exclusively for PC-BSD that lets users download and install a wide range of available applications in a self-extracting and self-installing format.

PC-BSD 1.5 RC2 released

PC-BSD 1.5 RC2 has been released. Here’s a quick-list of some of the new features:

  • Xorg 7.3
  • KDE 3.5.8
  • FreeBSD 6.3 Release
  • NEW System Updater tool – Keeps system & PBIs up to date – Allows override variables, so that admins can use their own mirrors / servers to roll out updates to users.
  • Improvements to WiFi tool, BSSID support and better SSID support
  • Improvements to the PBI Removal tool – Remove a list of PBIs at a time
  • NEW sound detection program! Uses XML backend to identify and load modules
  • NEW amd64 build of 1.5, including PBI that are on our auto-build server
  • NEW PBI icon preview library, now a PBI file shows the icon embedded in it on your desktop, not the generic “PBI” format icon

I’ve been beta testing this (and previous versions) and must say this version is really stable and very fast (I know, I’m prejudiced ;-)

RC2 can be downloaded from the PC-BSD ftp site. If you’re interested, give it a try and let us know what you think and if you come across any glitches and bugs (our testing mailing list is testing [at] lists [dot] pcbsd [dot] org)

Oh, we’re also still looking for translators for the 1.5 version. If you’re willing and able to help, drop me a line: [gerard [at] pcbsd [dot] org

UPDATE (08/03/2008): 1.5 RC3 is now available.

I’m faster than you! No I am!

All FreeBSD interested people will remember the document that Kris Kennaway released (Introducing FreeBSD). In this paper he explains how dramatic improvements have been achieved in FreeBSD 7.0; especially with regards to SMP and SQL database querying (MySQL and PostgreSQL). According to his findings FreeBSD even outperformes Linux.

There’s always been a healthy competition between Linux and FreeBSD, but stating that FreeBSD is faster than Linux, that hurts….

After major improvements in SMP support in FreeBSD 7.0, benchmarks show it performing 15% better than the latest Linux kernels (PDF, see slides 17 to 19) on 8 CPUs under PostgreSQL and MySQL. While a couple of benchmarks are not conclusive evidence, it can be assumed that FreeBSD will once again be a serious performance contender.

Linux kernel developer Nick Piggin reran the benchmark and came to a different conclusion: In his benchmark Linux was faster than FreeBSD.

I’m not an expert, but what do you guys think of this? Is Nick doing a fair analysis and comparison? Anybody been using FreeBSD 7 in a “heavy duty” (SQL) environment who can comment on this?

Faster performance, fewer machines for FreeBSD?

The need for speed in operating systems is never-ending.In the newly released FreeBSD 7.0, speed is a key improvement with gains of up to 1,500 percent at high load utilization over its predecessors in the FreeBSD 6.x branch.While performance improvements are a key aspect of FreeBSD, it’s not necessarily the most important new item in the free open source operating system.

“What is most important depends on what you want to do, of course,” Michael Lucas, FreeBSD contributor and author of Absolute FreeBSD, told InternetNews.com. “The performance improvements are quite astonishing and are what most people will notice first.”

This is a short interview with Michael Lucas (author of Absolute FreeBSD) and Matt Olander (CTO at iXsystems) on the release of FreeBSD 7.0.

Review of FreeBSD 7

This article is slightly dated – I presume it was written about 3-4 months ago, as it’s referring to the pending release of FreeBSD 7.0 in December, but it was put on freesoftwaremagazine.org only yesterday (05/03).

Still an interesting read. The article deals with the ULE scheduler, improved performance, DTrace and finstall (FreeBSD new installer)

FreeBSD has come a long way and has created great technical solutions to tough problems. The new scheduler will offer performance gains for years to come. New architectures are being added frequently, including Sun Microsystems Niagra processors, Apple Mac Books (and Mac-mini), and even an initial port to the Xbox platform.

The future is bright for FreeBSD and I’m certainly looking forward to the pending 7.0 release and beyond. The 7.1 release will see the ULE scheduler enabled by default and should also see the inclusion of the new installer into the mainstream releases. The multi-processor scalability will continue with the next goal of linear scalability on sixteen cores. There are now more than seventeen thousand ports and, with the new and improved performance, FreeBSD makes a formidable desktop and server operating system.

Full article can be found here.