DesktopBSD – Unix for the masses

Reptiler reports: Currently I'm playing around with DesktopBSD. This actually is because I'm anyway playing with Xen, so I decided to use the time I spend on Xen to try out a few more systems. One of those is DesktopBSD, a version of FreeBSD customized for...

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Firefox 3 beta3 uses essential FreeBSD 7 technology

jemalloc, the new default memory allocator in FreeBSD and set to become the internal allocator in Firefox 3, was turned on by default for Linux today. That means by tonight Linux builds should go live on the aforementioned nightlies page with jemalloc enabled. The...

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The FreeBSD Foundation february update

The FreeBSD Foundation february update

The following is taken from the FreeBSD Foundation update for February 2008: Financial Update Last year we had a fund raising goal of $250,000. We are extremely pleased that we exceeded our goal by raising over $400,000! We want to thank everyone who donated to the...

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FreeBSD 7.0-RC2 available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of the second release candidate for FreeBSD 7.0: The second Release Candidate for FreeBSD 7.0 is now available on most of the FTP mirror sites. Users of i386 or amd64 systems may wish to perform a binary upgrade to 7.0-RC2...

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Quiet week for FreeBSD

This week has been fairly quiet for FreeBSD. There's nothing much to report. Suppose everybody is waiting for FreeBSD 7.0 to be released. I'll post the usual Friday - quick news post tomorrow. This week I've been playing round with FreeNAS. PCs are being upgraded in...

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BSD Magazine – update

Over the last weekend and the beginning of this week I received some emails  from readers who were unable to contact anyone behind the BSD Magazine. Today Kate emailed me saying that there are some problems with the website and other IT problems, but if you want, you...

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pbiDir.com – new version

We're happy to announce the new version of pbiDir.com where you can download the point-n-click installation PBI packages for PC-BSD. The site now includes screen-shots of applications, comments, user logins and much, much more! Also announced on our PC-BSD blog.

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BSD Magazine – it’s coming!

BSD Magazine – it’s coming!

I blogged before that there were plans of creating a FreeBSD Magazine. Just to let you know that the first issue can be expected around April 2008. It won't be just about FreeBSD, but also about other BSD OSses, incl. OpenBSD and NetBSD, hence the name BSD Magazine....

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Depenguinator – version 2.0

Depenguinator – version 2.0

In December 2003, I wrote a script for remotely upgrading a linux system to FreeBSD. I gave it a catchy name ('Depenguinator', inspired by the 'Antichickenator' in Baldur's Gate), announced it on a FreeBSD mailing list and on Slashdot, and before long it was famous....

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Global software development in the FreeBSD Project

Yesterday I came across a study done by Diomidis Spinellis about the development of FreeBSD. It was written in 2006 but it still gives some useful insight in and statistics about the FreeBSD Project (How the FreeBSD Project works). FreeBSD is a sophisticated operating...

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FOSDEM 2008 conference

FOSDEM 2008 conference

FOSDEM 2008, the “Free and Open Source software Developers’ European Meeting”, is taking place in Brussels, Belgium, next month: February 23-24th. There will be a BSD/PosgreSQL room. Transportation | Accomodation | Friday beer event | Would be nice to hear who's going...

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BSDTalk’s interview with Dru Lavigne

BSDTalk’s interview with Dru Lavigne

Will Backman from BSDTalk has uploaded another interview (the 3rd) with Dru Lavigne. She talks about her new book "The Best of FreeBSD Basics", the upcoming BSDA exam and the Open Source Business Resource. Download/Listen as MP3 or OGG

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FreeBSD software, ports and applications

To a lot of computer users, especially MS Windows users, FreeBSD is still covered by a cloud of “geekyness”. If people have heard of FreeBSD at all, they often think it's a server operating system (which is not wrong) and that it comes with server software only (which...

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GPL and BSD : impact

Very Grumpy Bunny has written a post comparing the GPLv2 and the BSD licence and explaining the difference when  applied to Amarok. There are several BSD licenses, so many that you'll typically see any particular license under BSD terms listed as a BSD-Style license....

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