Innotek looking for FreeBSD devs

virtual box for freebsdInnotek, developer of the virtualisation software VirtualBox, which was recently acquired by Sun, is looking for developers to help porting this promising product to FreeBSD

Very basic porting work has been done on a voluntary basis by one of my colleagues. We actually hope some developers from the FreeBSD community will pick up where we left off and complete the port.

If interested, there is a developer’s mailing list, IRC channel and forums for any questions – check out the community page.

FreeBSD KDE’s 4.0.3 update in progress

Martin Wilke has posted an update today on the progress of the porting of KDE 4.0 to FreeBSD

Right now I have some free time to update KDE4. Today i’ve committed the 5 Basic Ports (kdelibs4/base4/pimlib/runtime/workspace) with the implementation of bsd.kde4.mk. This allows further use of USE_KDE4 (actually, kdelibs, kdebase and pimlibs) for KDE4-related builds. Now I have to work on the implementation of all other related ports.

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.