PC-BSD vs. Ubuntu

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This article by Make Tech Easier discusses the pros and cons of both PC-BSD and Ubuntu as an open-source desktop operating system. The two operating systems are compared by the ease of use as a desktop, starting with the installation process, desktop environment, and ending with application support and installation.

To read the full article with graphics, check out the following link: http://www.maketecheasier.com/pc-bsd-vs-ubuntu/

OpenBSD 5.5 is released

openBSDThe developers of OpenBSD have just released version 5.5. This release includes the feature time_t being made available for 64 bits on all platforms, improvements to the installer, improved hardware support, and various changes to the network stack. In addition, there were updates in several apps such as GNOME 3.10.2, KDE 3.5.10 / 4.11.5, Xfce 4.10, MySQL 5.1.73 and Postegre SQL 9.3.2, Postfix 2.11, etc.

The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. OpenBSD supports binary emulation of most programs from SVR4 (Solaris), FreeBSD, Linux, BSD/OS, SunOS and HP-UX. OpenBSD is freely available from our FTP sites, and also available in an inexpensive 3-CD set.

To read the full release notes, head on over to this link: http://www.openbsd.org/55.html

NetBSD 6.1.4 is released

NetBSDNetBSD has just released version 6.1.4, which addresses the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, as well as other security and stability issues.

NetBSD is a free, secure, and highly portable UNIX-like Open Source operating system available for many platforms, from 64-bit AlphaServers and desktop systems to handheld and embedded devices. Its clean design and advanced features make it excellent in both production and research environments, and it is user-supported with complete source. Many applications are easily available through The NetBSD Packages Collection.

For the full release notes, check out the following link: http://www.netbsd.org/releases/formal-6/NetBSD-6.1.4.html

FreeBSD Projects accepted on Google’s Summer of Code 2014

https://1-ps.googleusercontent.com/sx/s.google-melange.appspot.com/www.google-melange.com/soc/content/2-1-20140429/images/gsoc/logo/920x156xbanner-gsoc2014.png.pagespeed.ic.gdr4t3Igca.pngEvery year, Google hosts a Summer of Code that brings student developers from around the world to work on various software development projects, including open-source. This year, a handful of these projects are also FreeBSD related.

The following lists the project title, along with the student developer and mentor:

Porting FreeBSD on Android Emulator Alexander Tarasikov Gavin Atkinson
Pkg pluggable repositories Vsevolod Stakhov Bapt
FreeBSD preseed installation (PXE) Kamil Czekirda Devin Teske
CTF implementation and use in the kernel debugger Daniel Lovasko George Neville-Neil
High-speed firewall: convert IPFW/PF rules to C module dpl David Chisnall
Bring up FreeBSD on MicroBlaze ErnestS Grzegorz Bernacki
Improve Unicode support in FreeBSD Dmitry Selyutin Pedro Giffuni
Modular scripting system for FreeBSD loader with Lua support Pedro Souza Wojciech A. Koszek
Implementation of evdev protocol and touchscreens support jceel Edward Tomasz Napiera?a
Instruction caching for bhyve Mihai Carabas Neel Natu
Kernel debugging support for LLDB Mike Ma Ed Maste
Implement Intel SMAP and kernel patching framework Oliver Pinter Gavin Atkinson
A new enhanced bootsplash Seiya Nuta Kris Moore
BSNMP Enhancements Shonali Balakrishna Shteryana
Flexible dependencies with pkg Elvira Khabirova Andrey Zverev
Machine readable output from userland utilities Zarko Korchev Eitan Adler

Thank you to reader Pedro Giffuni for suggesting this article!

Take a look at the full list here: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/projects/list/google/gsoc2014

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