BSDTalk interview with Kris Moore (PC-BSD)

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 12 minutes interview with Kris Moore (BSDTalk225) about PC-BSD, recorded at BSDCan 2013. Listen to the podcast as MP3 or OGG.

Previous interviews with Kris Moore can be found here:

PC-BSD, a friendly first-time contributor project

IT World has identified 7 open source projects that are friendly to the first-time contributor to get their teeth in.

Apart from LibreOffice, PostgreSQL and Ubuntu, IT World also shortlists PC-BSD:

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“If Ubuntu sounds interesting, but you want something a little off the beaten path, Dru Lavigne, Director of Community Development at iXsystems, recommends PC-BSD. Based on FreeBSD (which is based on BSD UNIX), PC-BSD is a relatively young desktop operating system funded by iXsystems.

Lavigne says that the PC-BSD Users Handbook makes it easy to get up to speed.

“A whole chapter of the User Handbook is dedicated to the various ways one can get started contributing to the project,”

she says. If documentation is your thing, simply create a wiki account, and get started.

“Editors review and discuss changes to help the writer clearly explain the concepts they are writing about,”

Lavigne explains.

If you’re not ready to dive right in to PC-BSD yet, the forums and IRC channel can help you get familiar with the project community.

“The project and its regular contributors work hard to keep the atmosphere friendly, nip inappropriate behaviour in the bud, and provide an area where users are comfortable helping each other,”

Lavigne says.”

It’s great to see PC-BSD shortlisted. Read the whole article here:

7 open source projects to cut your teeth on (and the ones to avoid) (itworld)

freebsdnews.net: 6 years today

6yearsfreebsdnews.net started exactly 6 years ago on 17 May 2007 with the post What is cooking for FreeBSD (7)?

I had never thought the site would make it 6 years, but thanks to feedback, suggestions and contributions from quite a number of you readers, I’ve been encouraged to keep it up and as a result it’s still here.

It has been a good journey so far and it has been great to see FreeBSD develop so much over these years, from 7.0 to 10-current.

Let me know how the site can be improved (I’m thinking of a new theme) or if you have any other suggestions.

 

F# on FreeBSD

F#_Fsharp_logoF#  (pronounced F Sharp) is an open source, functional-first programming language which empowers users and organisations to tackle complex computing problems with simple, maintainable and robust code. It was released by Microsoft and is used in a wide range of application areas and is available across multiple platforms.

F# has recently been made F# more readily available on FreeBSD:

Since my original post, I’ve been contacted by a few people who wanted to try F# on FreeBSD but didn’t know how to set it up (or who ran into trouble when they tried). So, I spent a couple of hours last weekend writing up detailed instructions for installing Mono 3.0, F# 3.0, and emacs on FreeBSD, and they’re now available on fsharp.org.

I tested the instructions on a fresh installation of FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE (32-bit) in VirtualBox on 64-bit Windows 7, and everything worked as it should. If you try the instructions — and you should :) — and run into problems, please start a new thread here on the mailing list and I’ll help you get it fixed. (In this case, conversing on the mailing list is preferable so the solution is available to everyone.) (src)

If you’re interested in installing and using F# on FreeBSD, have a look at the F# FreeBSD page with all the steps you need to take.

I had never heard of it till today. But I’m not a programmer ;-)  More information on F# can be found here :

FreeBSD is participating in Google Summer of Code 2013

FreeBSD is pleased to announce that once again we have been selected to participate in the Google Summer of Code program. This gives University students the opportunity to earn a $5000 USD stipend in exchange for working on Open Source software over their Summer break. Students have around 12 weeks to work on their project, and will be mentored by existing FreeBSD committers. Participating organisations will earn $500 USD per student mentored.

FreeBSD’s organisation page may be found at http://www.google-melange.com and a list of possible project ideas may be found at https://wiki.freebsd.org/IdeasPage . Please note that projects do not have to come from the ideas list, and indeed students are encouraged to produce their own project ideas – the majority of past projects have been thought up by the participants themselves.

Students are also encouraged to visit http://www.google-melange.com/ to view more details of the program, including eligibility requirements, and a list of other participating organisations. (via)

FreeBSD Foundation announces Ed Maste as Director of Project Development

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce Ed Maste‘s new role as the Foundation’s part-time Director of Project Development.  Ed has served on the Foundation’s board for two years, and has stepped down in order to accept this new position.

In this position Ed will manage the Foundation’s sponsored work, including projects funded under specific grants, operational support and project development undertaken by the Foundation’s permanent technical staff.

Working with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Ed will identify and document specific areas of future project work interest.  This roadmap planning will include coordination with FreeBSD consumers and the FreeBSD community.

“2012 represented an inflection point in the Foundation’s history. The Foundation has a stated goal of investing in permanent staff through 2013.  With Ed taking on this new position I’m excited by the Foundation’s increased capacity to manage our project development and operational support.”

said Justin T. Gibbs, President of the FreeBSD Foundation.

Ed has over ten years of experience in companies building products on FreeBSD, in both technical and managerial roles.  He resides in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. (via)