DesktopBSD weekly snapshots (dev)

The release cycle of DesktopBSD is rather slow, since the developers spend a lot of time making sure the release is almost bug-free. For those who are always excited about trying the latest and greatest features, DBSD provides now weekly snapshot ISOs. They are built every Saturday from the latest DesktopBSD Tools, the most recent FreeBSD 6-STABLE sources and an up-to-date ports collection. The ISO contains a live system that can be booted without installing first, an installer that copies the operating system to your hard disk and a large selection of packages for most of your every-day needs.

For now, the snapshots are only available for the AMD64 architecture, but i386 snapshots will soon folow. You can download the ISO files here.

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Low-Cost Storage Tools

The Processor website has published (19/10/2007) an article “Low-Cost Storage Tools – Open-Source Projects Provide Increasing Choices” that gives a short description of the following open source storage tools:

Demands for storage continue to increase, even as the technological complexities of running a data center multiply, leaving IT departments and data center managers in businesses of all sizes looking for assistance in improving efficiencies and reducing management headaches. A growing number of mostly open-source-based storage tools are available for free or for a minimal subscription fee that can help bridge that gap and provide businesses with storage alternatives.

FreeNAS

Designed around a FreeBSD base and backed by an active community, FreeNAS (www.freenas.org) is a mature open-source network-attached storage server. It includes a wide range of protocol support, including CIFS (Samba), FTP (File Transfer Protocol), NFS (Network File System), AFP (Apple Filing Protocol), S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology), local user authentication, and software RAID.

FreeNAS takes less than 32MB to install on CompactFlash, a hard drive, or a USB flash drive. Users can also run FreeNAS from a Live CD, which is an OS distribution executed upon boot without installation on a hard drive. A VMware disk image is also available. It has a full Web configuration interface, and users can download the software at SourceForge.net.

Whole article here

Time for a new FreeSBIE ISO image

FreeSBIEIt looks like people want it , so I think it is a really good idea. I must admit I’ve not a lot of time to work on it, so I’ll probably end up using the same configuration of FreeSBIE-2.0.1

The great news is unionfs will be enabled by default, like in FreeSBIE-1.x.

The only caveat is: will it be stable enough? I know Hiroki SATO committed some fixes to it to HEAD just after the “approval lock” on HEAD was removed, and it may be a good idea to backport them to RELENG_7, so that users gain a better FreeSBIE experience. Time will tell.

Matteo’s original post here

3rd pfSense hackaton this weekend

pfsense.gifThe third annual pfSense Hackathon starts this coming weekend through the following weekend, in Louisville, KY US. Two developers (Holger and Seth) will be coming in from Europe, as well as Bill from the Chicago area, Gary with Centipede Networks from Tulsa, and Scott and I who both live in Louisville.

This is the longest hackathon yet, at 8 days from start to finish time.

If you’re interested, have a look at the ideas page with a list of things that may/may not be worked on. If you know of something you’d like to see, please contact Chris and it may get added to the list.

For contact details and more details, read the full post here.

SpreadBSD Campaign

ixsystemslogo.jpgiXsystems, the company behind the PC-BSD Project and supporter of the FreeBSD Project is currently developing a community web site to promote FreeBSD and PC-BSD. The site will look pretty much like SpreadFirefox.

We will need banner ads such as the Firefox ones for the BSD community to use on their web sites. If you like to design artwork, feel free to email me your creations and I’ll make sure it gets to the right person at iXsystems. We will use the best submissions. Please respect the standard dimensions. Use png/gif for images, or jpeg for photos (lots of colors). This aside, you’re fairly free to design what you want to promote FreeBSD or PC-BSD.

www.spreadfreebsd.org
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30 Days with PC-BSD and DesktopBSD

Jan Stedehouder used PC-BSD for thirty days to see what living with it is like. On day thirty, he concludes:

Does PC-BSD have the potential to be a serious contender for the open source desktop? I answered that question with a yes, because the potential is there. The solid FreeBSD roots, the very strong and very accessible information, the friendly and mature community and the PBI system provide the foundations for that potential. I don’t think it is ready now and I couldn’t recommend it yet to someone in the early stages of moving away from Windows to an open source desktop. But I do think that the PC-BSD team has the right target audience in mind and is building an system and a support system that addresses it’s needs.

He has now finished that journey and he’s going to do the same with DesktopBSD from Nov 1st.

Check his website for the daily updates.

Joe Sixpack goes BSD

Marti van Lin has started using

Marti van Lin has started using PC-BSD and is sharing his experience on his blog:

BSD has the reputation of being the most geeky OS, simply because it’ s rarely used by average users. The reason is that the average think its too complicated, which IMHO is far from the truth. The only thing with any OS is, that if you want to use all of its power, it takes some learning curve, no exclusions.

Once upon a time GNU/Linux was considered a strictly Geek OS to, but times have changed. BSD however remained to be as such. Well, not quite!

He then deals with

  • Installation (straight forward)
  • First boot, the Ooooooh wow! effect (Nvidia, Geforce, X)
  • Eyecandy for lusers (Compiz-Fusion, Superkaramba)
  • PBI: the package system (installing PBIs)

and concludes the article with:

PC-BSD is an extremely user friendly and secure BSD, based on the rock solid FreeBSD 6.2 stable core, with a easy to use package management system, a friendly installation GUI and great hardware recognition. It is easy enough for average users and interesting enough for advanced users. It’ s a easy pathway to the world of BSD *a must have*!

Read the whole article here

PC-BSD and is sharing his

href=”http://osgeex.blogspot.com/2007/09/joe-sixpack-goes-bsd.html”>experience on his blog:

BSD has the reputation of being the most geeky

OS, simply because it’ s rarely used by average users. The reason is that the average think its too complicated, which IMHO is far from the truth. The only

thing with any OS is, that if you want to use all of its power, it takes some learning curve, no exclusions.

Once upon a time GNU/Linux was considered a

strictly Geek OS to, but times have changed. BSD however remained to be as such. Well, not quite!

He then deals with

  • Installation (straight forward)
  • First boot, the Ooooooh wow! effect (Nvidia, Geforce, X)
  • Eyecandy for lusers(Compiz-Fusion, Superkaramba)
  • PBI: the package system (installing PBIs)

and concludes the article with:

PC-BSD is an

extremely user friendly and secure BSD, based on the rock solid FreeBSD 6.2 stable core, with a easy to use package management system, a friendly

installation GUI and great hardware recognition. It is easy enough for average users and interesting enough for advanced users. It’ s a easy pathway to the

world of BSD *a must have*!

Read the whole article here