KDE 4.3.5 (desktop environment) and Firefox 3.6 (browser) are now available for FreeBSD:
Since its initial release in early 2006, the PC-BSD operating system has quickly become a popular desktop for both novice and experienced computer users. Novice users are initially amazed that such an attractive looking operating system is available for free. They quickly learn that it is also easy to use, free from viruses and spyware, provides the applications they need to perform their computing tasks, and has a large selection of additional software to choose from. Advanced users appreciate that it is built on top of FreeBSD, an operating system known for its security and stability, yet it still allows them to explore and tweak the system to meet their needs.
Pre-order on amazon: The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD
Only just realised I have forgotten to mention that PC-BSD 8.0RC was released.
Notable changes are:
- FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2
- KDE 4.3.4
- Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD
- Run in Live mode directly from DVD
- Updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly
- Support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64
The final version of PC-BSD 8.0 is not far off.
There has been an effort underway within the Debian development community to pull the FreeBSD kernel within this distribution to provide an alternative to using the Linux kernel. In essence with this Debian GNU/kFreeBSD project you have the standard Debian package set providing a GNU user-land with a GNU C library, but the FreeBSD kernel is running underneath. The Debian project has also been working on Debian GNU/Hurd to effectively do the same thing but with the GNU Mach microkernel. But unlike Debian GNU/Hurd, with the release of Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD will reach a release status. With the Debian Squeeze release being just two months away we have decided to provide the first public set of benchmarks that compare the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD performance to that of Debian GNU/Linux. We have tested both the 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Debian with the Linux
iX Systems has created a simple web based application for posting bounties, getting developers and sponsors on board, posting the committed code in a browser viewable format, and then handle final payout upon completion.
I don’t know current the sponsorbsd website is, since the test projects are quite dated. Maybe Matt from iXsystems can leave a comment here when he reads this and give us an update on how current the website is.
It’s definitely a good idea, I think.
FreeBSD 7.3-BETA1, the first test build of the 7.3-RELEASE cycle, is now available for amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures. The target schedule along with the current status of the release can be found on the FreeBSD 7.3 todo wiki.
More info, download locations and upgrade instructions can be found on the announcement post
The FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting the submission of proposals for work relating to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system. Proposals will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness.
Interested? Check out what your proposal needs to include
There is a new issue of the BSD Magazine available: BSD 02/2010 (8) – BSDs as Servers
This issue is the first electronic-only version and available as free PDF download.
- A first look at PC-BSD 8 release
- Installing and securing an Apache Jail with SSL on FreeBSD
- The gemstones for FreeBSD
- OpenBSD, NetBSD and FreeBSD as file sharing servers – Part 1 – NFS
- Ipsec VPNs: An Introduction to IKE and Ipsec
- LDAP on FreeBSD
- Secure and stable mailservers with OpenBSD and qmail
- Developing Secure Storages: Now On FreeBSD
- Web Server Benchmarking
- BSD Tips and Tricks
- Interview with Olivier Cochard – Labbe, Founder of FreeNAS
Let your open source loving friends know about this great magazine.
PC-BSD 8 is the new release of PC-BSD. – FreeBSD 8.0-Release – KDE 4.3.4 – Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD