Volunteers needed to add Subtitles to Conference Videos

Most of you will have heard by now about the BSD Conferences channel on YouTube. At the moment there are 23 videos, but they’re missing subtitles. Murray Stokely writes:

I’d really like to add subtitles to the YouTube metadata as this has been requested by several users. Once we have subtitles they will be automatically machine translated so that users can choose captions in
the language they are most comfortable with.

If you have experience with undertitling or if you’re interested, have a look at this post.

FreeBSD 7.1 release document available

FreeBSD LogoOn Saturday we announced the availability of FreeBSD 7.1 but not documentation was available at that point yet.

The 7.1 release documement can be viewed at http://www.freebsd.org/releases/7.1R/relnotes.html

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE.  This is the second release from the 7-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.0 and introduces some
new features.  Some of the highlights:

  • The ULE scheduler is now the default in GENERIC kernels for amd64 and i386 architectures.  The ULE scheduler significantly improves performance on multicore systems for many workloads.
  • Support for using DTrace inside the kernel has been importedfrom OpenSolaris.  DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework.
  • A new and much-improved NFS Lock Manager (NLM) client.
  • Boot loader changes allow, among other things, booting from USB devices and booting from GPT-labeled devices.
  • The cpuset(2) system call and cpuset(1) command have been added, providing an API for thread to CPU binding and CPU resource grouping and assignment.
  • KDE updated to 3.5.10, GNOME updated to 2.22.3.
  • DVD-sized media for the amd64 and i386 architectures

Links: FreeBSD.org | download FreeBSD | Release Notes

FreeBSD 7.1 is being mentioned and blogged about on a number of websites:

Hopefully, this will get more people interested in FreeBSD.

Did you know FreeBSD was the first open source OS project in 2009 to announce a new version?

A new year & a new release: FreeBSD 7.1

This is an early bird announcement:

FreeBSD LogoThe FreeBSD team has uploaded the latest stable version: FreeBSD 7.1 The files are still being synced and no formal announcement made yet. When this comes out, I’ll let you know.

7.1 can be upgraded to in FreeBSD or downloaded from here: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/i386/ISO-IMAGES/7.1/

Many thanks to Gon (penguinpower.com) for emailing this.

Happy 2009 – a new year & a new theme

Welcome to 2009! I’m wishing all my readers a happy and prosperous 2009, at home and at work.

Hopefully, we’ll see the birth of FreeBSD 8.0 Stable sometime this year, newer versions of FreeBSD-based operating systems and further progress of free / open source software in general.

With the start of the new year I’ve also decided to change the site’s theme to a more professional looking one. Let me know what you think of it.

Bordeaux 1.6 for FreeBSD and PC-BSD Released

bordeaux group logoSteven Edwards of the Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 1.6 for FreeBSD and PC-BSD today.

Bordeaux 1.6 comes with added support for Google’s Chrome Web Browser, Google Earth, Google Picasa. Additionally, Cellar support has improved; you can now delete and install into an existing Cellar. There has also been many small bug fixes and tweaks on the backend to improve the speed and reliability of all the supported applications.

A .sh build available for FreeBSD users and a .pbi build for PC-BSD users. Everyone who purchased the beta is entitled to a free upgrade and we will start your six months of support with this final 1.6 build. We would also at this time like to thank all the customers who purchased the 1.6 beta build. “Thanks for the support”

The cost of Bordeaux 1.6 is $20.00. Anyone who has purchased Bordeaux in the past six months is entitled to a free upgrade. Bordeaux comes with six months of upgrades and support and of course a 30-day money back guarantee.

The Bordeaux Technology Group is a software services and development company specializing in Windows compatibility software. Users of BSD systems from time to time find themselves in the need to run specialized Windows software. The Bordeaux suite enables access to these programs and data in a seamless and low cost manner without requiring licensing of Microsoft Technology. The Bordeaux Group also provides migration services and support for alternative operating systems specializing in Windows compatibility.

Links: Bordeaugroup.com | buy Bordeaux 

Thanks to Tom Wickline (wine-reviews.net) for emailing this story.

Support the FreeBSD Foundation (& FreeBSD)

FreeBSD Foundation is a non-profit organisation supporting the FreeBSD Project by part-funding some BSD conferences, by giving traveling grants to FreeBSD developers so they can go to conferences, by paying some developers etc etc.

The Foundation is some $33.000 off their 2008 goal ($300,000), so if you want to show your appreciation of the work the Foundation and the Project have done so far, why not donate in order to support their work and help fund future progress?

Tomorrow, 31/12 is the last day you can do this in 2008…

Most reliable hosting companies – November 2008

Guess what operating system the number 1 on Netcraft’s most reliable hosting companies (November 2008) runs. No, guess what operating system the number 1 and 2 use…

Correct, FreeBSD ;-)

… the top two by average connection time (DataPipe and Aplus.net) both use FreeBSD to run their main websites. In November, DataPipe was named among New Jersey’s fastest growing companies.

In the top 10: FreeBSD: 4, Linux: 4, Windows: 2

Released: pfSense 1.2.1

pfSense project logo

pfSense project logo

The pfSense project have announced the availability of version 1.2.1:

This is a strictly a maintenance release, meaning it contains only bug fixes in the pfSense code, no new features. Though we also upgraded the base OS from FreeBSD 6.2 to 7.0, which necessitated numerous changes in how things are configured. The change to FreeBSD 7.0 brings improved performance and more hardware support.

AnnouncementChangelog | Downloads

If you’re interested in pfSense or if you’re using it in a production environment, you may be interested in the Network Perimeter Redundancy with pfSense presentation that Chris Buechler will be doing at the DCBSDCon 2009.

What do you get when you cross an enterprise-class packet filtering subsystem with a graphical front-end for easy configuration and maintenance?  A throbbing headache for commercial vendors like SonicWALL, that’s what.

More details on the presentation can be found here.

To find the details of other 2009 FreeBSD related events and conferences, check my FreeBSD Events calendar.

FreeBSD foundation newsletter – December 2008

FreeBSD foundation logoPlease find below the FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter for December 2008.

In this Edition:

  • Letter From the Vice President
  • End-of-Year Fundraising Drive
  • Safe Removal of Active Disk Devices
  • Improvements to the FreeBSD TCP Stack
  • Network Stack Virtualization Project
  • FreeBSD Advocacy in Ticino 2008
  • NYCBSDCon 2008
  • EuroBSDCan 2008
  • meetBSD 2008
  • Foundation at meetBSD and Developer Recognition
  • 2008 Grant and Travel Grant Recipients
  • Travel Grant Recipient Spotlight
  • FreeBSD Testimonial from Hobnob, Inc.
  • Financials

Full newsletter below.

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The circle of technology and FreeBSD

Ivan Voras writes he read the release notes of FreeBSD 1.1 and it struck him how many developers have joined the Core Team and then moved on, i.e. there’s a lot of fresh blood and no “tsar” heading up the project. Additionally there are also technical and organisational problems that in some way seem to be returning every now and then.

Two things are interesting to me here:

  • The only name in the old core team I recognize is Jordan Hubbard, and he’s not a FreeBSD developer any more (joined Apple for Mac OS X)
  • Some problems, both technical and organizational, are always repeating themselves.
    Full post here

What do you think? Do you agree with this or do you see things differently?