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

First look at PC-BSD 1.5

PC-BSD 1.5 Featured Story on Distrowatch.

I’ve followed the development of PC-BSD with enthusiasm since my first test drive three years ago of version 0.6. I was highly impressed with the developers’ ability to provide a free BSD that was easy to install and even easier to use. Truthfully, I thought it was just amazing. I’ve tested various versions since, including 1.0 and 1.4, and was never severely disappointed. So, when 1.5 was released, I expected things to only be better. In many ways they were, but in the most significant way they weren’t.

Continued here

DTrace support in FreeBSD Current

John Birrell has announced that Sun’s DTrace support is being committed to FreeBSD Current.

I plan to start committing stuff bit-by-bit starting a week from now, subject to review of the bits.

As part of this work I will be moving the CDDL sources that ZFS uses into a separate CDDL-specific tree according to core@ instructions (resulting from their license review).

Announced on the FreeBSD Current mailinglist (16/03/2008)

Open USENIX archives

USENIX has made the records of all its proceedings public

The USENIX Association, a leading forum for presenting cutting edge developments in computing, announced today that open access to its conference proceedings will now be available free of charge to the general public. In doing so, USENIX continues to fulfill its mission to support and disseminate research in advanced computing.

Since 1975, the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the latest advances in the computing world. USENIX has delivered innumerable industry “firsts” at past conferences, including ONYX, the first attempt at UNIX hardware; the launch of the first UNIX product by Digital Equipment Corporation; the first paper on Sendmail by Eric Allman; the first Perl presentation by Tom Christiansen; and the first report on Oak, which later became Java.

The USENIX conference proceedings are highly coveted documents that contain tomorrow’s innovations,” said Ellie Young, Executive Director, USENIX. “By making the papers immediately available to all, USENIX removes all barriers to accessing information about the latest computing advances.

gotbsd.net for BSD torrents

There’s a great BSD torrent website that I want to bring to your attention. It’s gotbsd.net where you can download FreeBSD 7.0, PC-BSD 1.5 and FreeSBIE 2.0.1 CD images via the Bittorrent protocol.

This site was originally started in 2007 shortly after the FreeBSD Project took their official server off-line. We originally ran on a dedicated server which ran its own tracker and a seeder. The Project recently started up a new official torrent server. So, we now run on a web host and link to official torrents (FreeBSD and others).

Consistent with our original goals, we’ll still put up torrents for FreeBSD-based OS’s that need it by using a third-party tracker. PC-BSD and FreeSBIE are both in this category now. Seeders for those torrents are greatly needed! If you’re able to contribute to the community by seeding, it will be even better if you are able to have an open, listening port for your torrent client.

Check it out and help seeding: gotbsd.net

FreeBSD Projects for Google SoC 2008

The FreeBSD Project was again accepted as a mentoring organisation into the Google Summer of Code. The Project is now looking for potential students, mentors and projects. If you have an idea for a potential FreeBSD related summer of code project that isn’t already listed here then please contact Murray Stokely (murray at freebsd dot org). Likewise, if you are interested in mentoring a student this year then please get in touch. Students can find all the details about applying for FreeBSD related Summer of Code projects on the FreeBSD Summer of Code web pages.