iXsystems partners with NetCraft (Versiera)

iXsystems, Inc. announced on 23/04/2008 a partnership with NetCraft Communications. The agreement will make NetCraft’s Versiera Remote System Management and Monitoring Software available on PC-BSD. PC-BSD is a fully functional open source desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.3-STABLE. Versiera is a web-based system that simplifies the common routine tasks required for system administrators, thus reducing the total cost of ownership and enabling your company to focus on your business.

A PBI has been released that will enable quick and easy deployment of the Versiera Software on PC-BSD. Any PC-BSD user can download the Versiera PBI from http://www.pbidir.com and run it on PC-BSD Version 1.4 Da Vinci Edition or PC-BSD Version 1.5 Edison Edition. Versiera gives you a real-time view of all of your hardware and software assets and can be used to consolidate management software.

Read full press release (23/04/2008)

FreeBSD in 2007 – a review

2007 is over. It was a very successful year for open source software and another 12 interesting months have passed for FreeBSD. In this post I want to look back at 2007 and see how FreeBSD faired, what happened in “FreeBSD land” and how FreeBSD based operating systems have developed. This post will be a sort of summary of the messages I posted during 2007.

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Start of this blog

Around April last year I was toying with the idea of starting a FreeBSD related news blog with the view to raise more awareness of FreeBSD and show it’s a perfect alternative to Linux. My first post was on 17 May 2007 and since then visitor numbers have rapidly gone up and feedback from visitors indicates that there’s definitely interest in such a blog. With the continuing growth of my WordPress.com hosted blog, I wanted to get some more flexibility and the ability to install plugins and scripts. Hence my move to Bluehost/FreeBSDOS (BTW, if you’re looking for cheap and reliable webhosting, I can really recommend them).

FreeBSD in 2007

FreeBSD LogoUnfortunately 2007 didn’t see the final release of FreeBSD 7.0; just 4 beta’s and a RC1. Well, maybe not “unfortunately”, because a top-quality product is better than a rushed-out flaky one that needs to be fixed and patched soon after its release. FreeBSD 7.0 incorporates some new and exciting technologies which will put this version a-par with, if not ahead of, Linux. Exciting stuff.

The FreeBSD Foundation have issued their quarterly newsletters (Q2, Q3, Q4), keeping the world up-to-date with the latest developments and news. The Foundation received a lot of coverage online and in the blogosphere with their Absolute FreeBSD book auction and their fund raising drive. The 2007 fundraising goal was $250.000, but a total of $403,511 was achieved. Well done.

There are already a couple of Linux related magazines for sale in stores, but BSD magazines aren’t available currently. “An interesting opportunity“, Software Media LLC/LP Magazine must have thought. They will issue first issue at the beginning of Q2 2008 and will contain an article by Dru Lavigne and Jan Stedehouder (Jan used and reviewed both PC-BSD and DesktopBSD for a month in his PC-BSB: the first 30 days and DesktopBSD: the first 30 days series).

Conference-wise, the ‘normal’ BSD conferences (BSDCan, EuroBSD, MeetBSD) were held, with a new one in Turkey (BSDConTR).
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iXsystems announces distribution agreement with Micro Center

After the distribution agreement with Fry’s Electronics, iXsystems has announced (10/12/2007) an agreement with Micro Center:

“iXsystems announced today a distribution agreement with Micro Center, a leading edge provider of computer products, whereby all Micro Center stores nationwide will carry PC-BSD Version 1.4, Da Vinci Edition. The agreement marks the first time that the PC-BSD operating system is made available for purchase at Micro Center.

PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system based on FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE. FreeBSD is one of the most pervasive UNIX-like operating systems in the world. It is widely recognized as the most stable and secure server operating system available today.

PC-BSD will be stocked in 21 Micro Center store locations, which can be found all throughout the United States

PC-BSD will be stocked in 21 Micro Center store locations, which can be found all throughout the United States

said Theresa Garner, General Manager of FreeBSD Mall.

As a result, this historic agreement will ensure that PC-BSD, the open source desktop operating system running FreeBSD under the hood, becomes available to a mainstream market at a nationwide level.

The increasing availability of PC-BSD, especially through this agreement with Micro Center, will enable first-time users to successfully experience the superiority of this operating system firsthand,

said Kris Moore, Director of PC-BSD Software Development.

Unlike most other open source operating systems, PC-BSD’s programs are self-contained and do not have shared dependencies. As a result the installation of one program does not necessarily mean the possible disruption of another. The end result is a trouble-free user experience for both technical and non-technical users.

PC-BSD is expected to become available in all Micro Center stores nationwide by Wednesday, December 19. Micro Center has stores in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.”

Source: PR Web (10/12/2007)

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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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.

iXsystems acquires BSD Mall

ixsystemslogo.jpgiXsystems, the company that sponsors the PC-BSD Project, announced today its acquisition of BSD Mall, a division of cyLogistics, that offers BSD-based CDs and DVDs for the FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Dragonfly and Darwin communities, as well as clothing, hats and other promotional items.

freebsdmall.jpgiXsystems intends to merge BSD Mall into FreeBSD Mall in order to provide a centralized location for BSD users to purchase BSD-based CDs and DVDs and support the BSD project of their choice. FreeBSD Mall, formerly Walnut Creek CD-Rom, is a subsidiary of iXsystems, Inc. FreeBSD Mal was acquired by iXsystems on 26 February 2007.

iXsystems’ goal is to increase visibility and support of the BSD projects and to consolidate BSD distribution under one roof. The best way to accomplish this is through our acquisition of BSD Mall, a primary source of BSD CDs and DVDs, as well as other BSD-themed promotional items

said Michael Lauth, CEO of iXsystems.

Over the next month the BSDMall.com website will be transitioned to FreeBSDMall.com, after which time FreeBSD Mall will take over order fulfillment for all products. Don Witt, CEO of BSD Mall and founder of cyLogistics, will be stepping down from his position at BSD Mall and accepting a position on the iXsystems Advisory Board.

Not since Walnut Creek CD-Rom has there been such a single large corporate sponsor of BSD

says Witt.

By merging FreeBSD Mall with BSD Mall, we will be able to better serve the entire BSD Community with a complete selection of CDs, DVDs, training,support and promotional items

said Theresa Garner, General Manager of FreeBSD Mall.

About iXsystems
iXsystems, Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance computing clusters, blade servers, rackmount servers and storage solutions to the global marketplace. iXsystems supplies FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux servers to a wide cross-section of industries. iXsystems also supports and maintains the PC-BSD project. The company is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

About BSD Mall
bsdmall.jpgBSD Mall provides software subscription services for the BSD distributions and is dedicated to the support and expansion of the BSD communities including FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Dragonfly and Darwin.