PC-BSD 1.4 (Da Vinci) Released

PC-BSD logoiXsystems announced today the release of PC-BSD Da Vinci Edition. PC-BSD is a fully-functional desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE. FreeBSD is one of the most used UNIX-like operating systems in the world. It is widely renowned as the most stable and secure server operating system. PC-BSD has a Push-Button Installer (PBI) wizard developed exclusively for PC-BSD that lets users download and install many applications in a self-extracting and self-installing format. There are hundreds of popular software titles already available in PBI format and developers are constantly adding to the growing list.

Highlights of the Da Vinci release of PC-BSD include an easy to use GUI for configuring video and desktop settings as well as an updated base system running KDE window manager version 3.5.7. Other features include out-of-the-box support for Flash 7 in native BSD browsers, official NVIDIA drivers to simplify activating hardware acceleration, optional 3D desktop using Compiz Fusion (a slick new 3D Desktop Manager), and a new graphical wireless configuration tool to easily establish a wireless connection with supported network adapters. Da Vinci also features massive improvements to WINE, an open source project that facilitates the running of Windows-based applications on UNIX-like operating systems.

For years we had heard complaints that there was no ‘go-to’ place for assistance with FreeBSD related technical issues. We are pleased to now be the primary resource for PC-BSD and FreeBSD technical support
While PC-BSD is geared to the desktop user, it is also suitable for use as a server operating system. According to Carla Schroder, FreeBSD system administrator and author of the Linux Cookbook,

PC-BSD serves as a great introduction to FreeBSD for network and server administrators.

PC-BSD supports the existing FreeBSD binary package management tool, a method to download and install pre-packaged binary applications. PC-BSD also supports the FreeBSD ports collection, a framework for installing more than 17,000 applications by downloading and compiling software from source with a single command.

ixsystemslogo.jpgiXsystems, corporate sponsor of the PC-BSD project, currently offers 9×5 desktop support for PC-BSD and 24×7 server support for FreeBSD.

For years we had heard complaints that there was no ‘go-to’ place for assistance with FreeBSD related technical issues. We are pleased to now be the primary resource for PC-BSD and FreeBSD technical support

says Matt Olander, Chief Technical Officer for iXsystems.

RoFreeSBIE 1.3 RC4 Released

Dan Angelescu has announced the availability of a public release candidate of RoFreeSBIE 1.3, a FreeBSD-based live DVD:

rofreesbie.pngRoFreeSBIE 1.3RC4 has been released. It is based on FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE based. It has improved start-up, backup and restore scripts. Using backup and restore scripts you can save the system settings to a floppy or an USB storage device and restore them at start-up. Almost all settings can be restored (network configuration, firewall, even menus on the desktop or the way system logs in). It includes also a unique feature – the possibility to activate and deactivate NVIDIA drivers on the fly. Also thanks to the DesktopBSD project and its developer, Peter Hofer, a new graphical installer has been included. Many bugs have been corrected and the final release will be available soon.

Best of open source in storage

FreeNASFreeNAS takes our Bossie for best open source NAS server. FreeNAS is far and away the most mature open source NAS platform, built on a FreeBSD base and backed by an active community. Providing CIFS, NFS, FTP, iSCSI, RSYNC, and AFP (Apple File Protocol) support, not to mention software RAID 0, 1, and 5, FreeNAS covers just about all the bases for storage, and wraps them in an attractive Web management interface. To get in this game, all you need is a server and some disk. Even better, FreeNAS can be easily installed on a Compact Flash drive or a USB key, so none of the core OS actually lives on the storage drives, thus making it far less vulnerable to hardware failure. Its performance is dependent on the hardware used, and it’s not likely to beat an EqualLogic iSCSI SAN in a head-to-head, but for free it can’t be beat.

Read about all Bossie awards here

New Project: AskoziaPBX

askoziapbx.gifMichael Iedema has posted details of a new FreeBSD based Asterisk OS(AskoziaPBX) forked from m0n0wall:

Greetings everyone,

I’ve been working on a (yet another) “all-in-one” Asterisk based project. It is aimed at embedded / low power systems (but scales fine on more capable hardware) and is based on Asterisk 1.4.x and FreeBSD 6.2. Because of this, I’ve mostly been hanging out on the asterisk-bsd list as bugs rolled in and the system’s features were improved. We’re currently at public beta 10 after releasing pb1 in June and, I hope, ready to announce this to a bit larger audience.

This is not a live-cd but rather an image that must initially be written to a disk, so a dedicated machine is needed. After that, the entire system is upgradeable through the webGUI. Anyone familiar with the m0n0wall project will feel right at home as AskoziaPBX was forked from it.
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PC-BSD 1.4RC released

PC-BSD 1.4RC has been released!

Changelog:

  • Fixed many reported bugs from 1.4BETA in the following tools:

– Network Manager
– Xorg Configuration GUI
– Custom partition via Installer
– Xorg configuration now auto-detects DPI

  • Included i18n support with latest translations from Pootle as of 8-28-07
  • Fixed PC-BSD specific tools to now use native languages properly
  • Added HPLIP to support a wider variety of HP hardware (Enabled via services Tool)
  • Added new KDM theme for a nicer login window
  • Fixed bugs with optional packages on CD 2
  • Updated Wine system patches to current versions as of 8-25-07
  • Fixed XML menuing system so Wine apps don’t appear in “lost+found” anymore
  • Fixed up support for PPPoE backend, improving config file generation via GUI
  • Fixed numerous bugs with “upgrading” an existing PC-BSD installation.

– Upgrading now preserves all sym-links created by PBIs
– Upgrading is now faster, and doesn’t need to compress the user home dirs
– Upgrading now properly saves kmenu icons and updates for any new ones.

Mirrors are still syncing at the moment – please check the PC-BSD website for the announcement and the download links