Making computing easier: PC-BSD 9.1

pc-bsd logo 100x100Distrowatch has favourable review of recently released PC-BSD 9.1:

…”Nothing is perfect and PC-BSD does have an Achilles’ heel, specifically hardware compatibility. As much as I enjoyed the polish and the features and the wonderful ease of use, I suspect hardware support will be the make or break issue for most people. On my desktop machine I could get PC-BSD working, but only with reduced resolution and video performance. On my laptop things basically worked well, but it took a little tinkering to get my wireless card up and running. When running the operating system in a virtual machine I installed the VirtualBox guest additions, but couldn’t get PC-BSD to display its desktop at full resolution. Luckily hardware support with PC-BSD is not a trial and error process, the hardware compatibility tool takes the surprises out of testing the distribution, even when running from the plain installation media.

I definitely recommend trying PC-BSD. This new release has really taken a step forward in usability and features compared to where the project was even a year ago. I would say 9.1 brings to the table a level of ease of use and trouble-free administration only found in a few of the top ranking Linux distributions. It is well worth the time to test drive this latest release.”

You can read the review in its entirety here: Making computing easier: PC-BSD 9.1.

If you’re not going to install PC-BSD 9.1 but are curious what it looks like, have a look at the screenshots on Chris Haney’s website.

Arch GNU/Linux Ported to run on the FreeBSD kernel

The Arch Linux distribution has been modified to run off the FreeBSD 9.0 kernel as an alternative to using Linux. The developer of ArchBSD explained his reasoning as enjoying FreeBSD while also liking the Arch Linux philosophy of a ‘fast, lightweight, optimized distro’.

After Debian GNU/kFreeBSD and Gentoo/FreeBSD we have a third Linux-FreeBSD hybrid.

Read the full article on Phoronix: Arch BSD: Arch Linux Atop The FreeBSD Kernel or follow some of the discussions here.

 

FreeNAS: Flexible, fast storage, and the price is right

NetworkWorld has published a very positive review of FreeNAS:

“It takes something different to stand out in the crowded network-attached storage market. How does free, as in free beer and free speech, sound? Overall, FreeNAS offers a very positive story, with flexibility, ease of management, good performance – and a price that can’t be beat.”

FreeNAS: Flexible, fast storage, and the price is right

 

FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA2 available

Josh Paetzel from iXsystems has announced the availability of the FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA2 images over the weekend.

At this point things are looking to be in good shape, I’m calling this a BETA because I’m very conservative, and because encryption can go wrong in such grand fashion.  I’d rather this image wasn’t used for critical or production use. Make sure to have backups!

http://blog.freenas.org/2013/01/freenas-831-beta2-is-available.html

FreeBSD April-June 2012 Status Report

A belated FreeBSD April-June 2012 Status Report has been published. Another one should be available within the next few weeks covering the remainder of 2012.

This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between April and June 2012. This quarter was highlighted by having a new Core Team elected, which took office on July 11th to start its work with a relatively high number of new members. Note that this is the second of the three reports planned for 2012.

http://www.freebsd.org/news/status/report-2012-04-2012-06.html