Jan Stedehouder is using PC-BSD and telling us about his findings for 30 days. Read more here
Dan Angelescu has announced the availability of a public release candidate of RoFreeSBIE 1.3, a FreeBSD-based live DVD:
RoFreeSBIE 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.
FreeNAS 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
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.
Jan Stedehouder is on his journey using PC-BSD for 30 days. These are his experiences
Previous blog entries
PC-BSD 1.4RC has been released!
- 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
M0n0wall 1.3Beta4 Released – Full changelog here
I have been a fan of PC-BSD for sometime now; however, it was after discovering this page that had me disturbed. Using PC-BSD’s awesome packaging methods, the webmaster of this site has apparently packaged some applications that might cause some licensing concerns. Not in violation of the GPL, as this is the BSD license in force here. No, rather the fact that we are seeing potential piracy, or at the very least, an over zealous user distributing ‘trial’ versions of Photoshop and MS Office ’97.
No Piracy After All? My discovery of this resource actually started with some Q&A regarding video codec playback for PC-BSD, which led me to stumbling on the link above. After further investigation, I discovered something that led me to believe that perhaps, there was no issue of piracy going on at all. In actuality, the scripts offered here for MS Office and Photoshop may simply be ‘installer’ PBIs instead of the full versions of the applications themselves? It certainly appears so, PC-BSD even provide users with the graphics needed to create their own PBI packages for closed source software installation.
What is even more interesting is how much much flexibility PC-BSD’ers have with their application selection than those using Linux. Rather than relying on WINE for your Windows applications, some creative users have been using the PBI packaging format to make getting those critical applications like Dreamweaver on your BSD box just that much quicker.
Is PC-BSD worth a look for beginners? With the PC-BSD 1.3.01 released and the Beta release already out for version 1.4, it may be worth looking into PC-BSD, even if your last experience was not a great one. If it was me, I would try out the Beta release, as many improvements have been made there.
For those who are generally happy their current OS, but are dying to know what is up with the the packages regarding Photoshop and MS Office, you might consider taking the Live CD for a test drive instead. I believe software installations are possible from there as well.
PC-BSD: A viable option for Windows users. I don’t think there is really any question about it, PC-BSD may actually make more sense for casual Windows users than Ubuntu Linux. And because of its very loose BSD licensing, you should not find yourself getting caught up in GPL crunch. And living in a world like Windows where closed and open source software is able to play together is pretty fantastic. Think about it, an OS where you can install IE 6 without WINE. It’s pretty wild, to say the least.
There are still a few things I enjoy more with Ubuntu than PC-BSD, but with their new Beta ready to try, I’m going to be taking the ISO for a test drive on Virtual Box later this week. The point I want each of you to understand is not to jump to conclusions as I did. When I first discovered that www.pbis.in was hosting what appeared to be proprietary software that was not legal to freely distribute, I assumed the worst. In the end, I discovered that installing closed source apps, often times designed for Windows, could easily be installed on another Unix variant. And the assumption of piracy being the motivating force behind the logos posted on random websites was for little more than doing something that these software developers should have been doing in the first place – getting their applications onto other platforms, legally.
Source: OSWeekly – column written by Matt Hartley
“Ubuntu is known as Linux for Human Beings, because it’s driven by the philosophy that “software should be available free of charge, software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit” .
PC-BSD, on the other hand, “has been designed with the casual computer user in mind. Installing the system is simply a matter of a few clicks and a few minutes for the installation process to finish. Hardware such as video, sound, network, and other devices will be auto-detected and available at the first system startup. Home users will immediately feel comfortable with PC-BSD’s desktop interface, with KDE 3.5 running under the hood. Software installation has also been designed to be as painless as possible, simply double-click and software will be installed”.
Having used both operating systems extensively, PC-BSD is the one I recommend and the one I install in desktop environments. If you’ve used Ubuntu before, but haven’t tried PC-BSD, give it a try. The increase in responsiveness (i.e., everything seems to just run faster) and ease-of-use will surprise you.
In this article, I’ll compare Ubuntu 7.04 (Fiesty Fawn) with the (as of this writing) upcoming release of PC-BSD 1.4.”
Dru deals with the following topics
- Window Manager
- Installing Software
- Running Windows Applications
- Common Tasks
- Keeping Up-to-Date
- Getting Help
and she summarises the article
“PC-BSD provides a fun, easy-to-use desktop operating system with the added benefits of stability and security. Better yet, the price tag is free! If you haven’t taken PC-BSD for a test drive, what are you waiting for?”
Read the whole article here