Version 2.3 of the PBI Builder software has been released for FreeBSD 7.x / PC-BSD 7.x. This update adds functionality to specify the version of FreeBSD you wish a target port to be compiled under. Also updated is the PBI Auto-Populate feature, which copies port files into the respective PBI automatically. For more details please refer to the changelog and wiki (installation – module creator guide).
The PC-BSD Team has announced the availability of PC-BSD 7.1.1
Version 7.1.1 contains a number of bugfixes and improvements from PC-BSD 7.1, including KDE 4.2.4, improvements to printing support, Xorg Server 1.6.1, and much more.
For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog. Users who wish to upgrade from PC-BSD 7.0.x / 7.1 are able to do so via the upgrade / repair option during the installation.
The U.S. Commerce Association recently announced that the FreeBSD Mall has been selected for the 2009 Best of Concord Award in the Computer Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. Winners were determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
says Theresa Garner, Manager, FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
“FreeBSD Mall takes its commitment to customer service very seriously, and will continue its current tradition of providing outstanding software, documentation, and support to the FreeBSD community.”
Virtualbox can now be easily installed as PBI on PC-BSD
VirtualBox is a powerful x86 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
iXsystems has unveiled the iX-Apollo Extreme Series, the first fully qualified PC-BSD workstation. The iX-Apollo Extreme Series ships with PC-BSD 7.x Pre-Installed and Pre-Configured. PC-BSD is a complete desktop operating system with a robust feature set including KDE 4.2.2. PC-BSD is inherently virus-resistant thereby offering stability, security and at the same time provides a comfortable user experience.
The iX-Apollo Extreme Series features the latest Intel Core i7 technology with support for up to eight logical cores. It utilizes up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, GigE LAN, 3D capable NVIDIA graphics. Additionally the iX-Apollo Extreme Series is powered by an ultra quiet 500 Watt power supply unit, which is equipped with universal input and active PFC. The power supply is also 80PLUS certified, making it efficient, eco-friendly, and less expensive to operate.
“The workstation gets more than 15,000 frames per second with effects turned off, and sees around 300 fps in Half-Life 2 with video settings maxed out. This Intel® Core™ i7 configuration is the best desktop experience I’ve had so far. I downloaded Vavle’s Steam client and played Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike Source, and Left 4 Dead using PC-BSD. I bought Half-Life 2 in 2004, but the Windows PC I had at the time could barely handle it. The load times alone made the game unplayable. Thanks to PC-BSD and some really nice hardware, I was finally able to enjoy the game the way it was intended,”
says James T. Nixon III, Webmaster, iXsystems.
“Aside from the amazing gaming performance, the workstation deploys desktop effects beautifully. It sits quietly next to my television serving as a PC-BSD ‘Media Center’, making couch-computing the ‘only’ way to go! Whether you’re writing a white paper in OpenOffice, watching movies with VLC, or enjoying the HD Flash videos on Hulu.com, PC-BSD continues to prove that anything is possible with the right hardware,”
says Ryan Hall, PC-BSD/iX-Apollo User.
PC-BSD ships with the KDE 4 desktop. The following desktop environments can easily be installed as PBI:
Download from here
The Warden/FreeBSD Jails is one of the reasons that I use PC-BSD/FreeBSD. One possible use on the desktop would be a web application developer that wants to keep all the server programs out of the base system and possibly share access with a friend you don’t fully trust. I use The Warden for a similar role personally and I like the fact that at any point I can just stop, move or delete the jail to make the services go away.
With The Warden GUI it makes the FreeBSD jails technology more accessible to the users on the desktop and there is little reason not to use it if your setting up a server for your network. If you are a bit paranoid about security this may help you sleep at night. Overall I was impressed with the simplicity of using the software with the initial importing of the Inmate file the only issue that came up. However I would like to see a little more visual feedback in the output particularly in the creation of jails. I would be happy to recommend The Warden to other security minded friends that are starting with BSD.
Check out the howto here (theitmassive.com – 26/05/20209)
The Gnome window manager PBI can be downloaded here.
Another interesting PBI is the Thin Client Server. This PBI installs dhcpd and configures PC-BSD as a Thin Client Server. Clients connected to the servers NIC, will be able to network boot via DHCPD & PXE, and then be brought to a KDM login screen. For more details about this PBI, please read through our Thin Client Wiki
FreeBSD has a reputation for its rock-solid reliability, and top-notch performance in the server world, but is noticeably absent when it comes to the vast market of desktop computing.
Why is this? FreeBSD offers many, if not almost all of the same open-source packages and software that can be found in the more popular Linux desktop distributions, yet even with the speed and reliability FreeBSD offers, a relative few number of users are deploying it on their desktops. In this presentation we will take a look at some of the reasons why FreeBSD has not been as widely adopted in the desktop market as it has on the server side. Several of the desktop weaknesses of FreeBSD will be shown, along with how we are trying to fix these short-comings through a desktopcentric version of FreeBSD, known as PCBSD. We will also take a look at the package management system employed by all open-source operating systems alike, and some of the pitfalls it brings, which may hinder widespread desktop adoption.
This talk was done at AsiaBSDCon 2009