Juraj has announced version 2.0 of his MaheshaBSD project. MaheshaBSD is a desktop OS based on FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE (i386) with IceWM.
MaheshaBSD has four goals:
1) It will boot off a CD or a USB stick and users may immediately start browsing the Internet with a possibility to watch youtube videos, use Skype, write documents, watch films (DivX, etc.), be anonymous (TOR), or listen to music.
2) To easily (without need for an installation) demonstrate the power of FreeBSD both on a CD and USB medium.
3) To bring some useful system/recovery utilities to people, but on the BSD platform – like TestDisk (which will recover lost partitions), PhotoRec (which will undelete files; it can also undelete files on USB sticks), Clamav (Antivirus), immediate NTFS R/W access (with ntfs-3g), chntpw (for resetting the Windows XP/W2K password, a very useful utility), and many other things – for example, MaheshaBSD can be used for presentations (you can bring it anywhere with you and show thousands of pictures to people, or present videos while giving a lecture, or watch videos with friends).
4) To be modular and easy.
Changes from version 1.0 can be found here: http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/
The most important changes are:
1) support for Devanagari (an Indian script used to write in many Indian languages including Sanskrit) and IAST transliteration (support for transliteration of Sanskrit); it is based on an Xmodmap map I wrote
2) A possibility to run Skype (and give the same possibility to FreeBSD users as Linux/Windows users have) immediately after downloading it from the Internet.
3) Youtube runs immediately (however, a possibility to download native Adobe Flash Plugin is preserved).
To find out more about MaheshaBSD, visit http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/
Thanks for contacting me regarding the release Juraj. If you have a FreeBSD related product, service or program, let us know.