Fry’s Electronics to sell PC-BSD 1.4

iXsystems has announced a distribution agreement with Fry’s Electronics whereby all Fry’s 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 Fry’s Electronics.

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.

We are confident that the availability of PC-BSD at Fry’s Electronics will increase the familiarity and adoption of PC-BSD

FreeBSD is already the server operating system of choice for many system administrators. 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

said Theresa Garner, General Manager of FreeBSD Mall.

We are confident that the availability of PC-BSD at Fry’s Electronics will increase the familiarity and adoption of PC-BSD”, said Michael Lauth, CEO of iXsystems. “Once users try PC-BSD they will be impressed by the wide array of features characterizing this open source operating system, including 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, and a new graphical wireless configuration tool to easily establish a wireless connection with supported network adapters.

PC-BSD is expected to become available in all Fry’s stores nationwide by Monday, November 19. Fry’s has stores in Northern California, Southern California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Announcement

PC-BSD 1.4.1 available

PC-BSD 1.4.1 has been released. These are the major changes:

  • Upgrades Compiz 0.5.2 to Compiz-Fusion 0.6.0
  • Switches from HPIJS to HPLIP for better printer / scanner support.
  • Adds extra screen savers with X-Screensaver package
  • Updates NVIDIA drivers to latest releases from NVIDIA.
  • Updates GTK / Pango libraries to latest in ports
  • Fixes some misc bugs with PBI Removal tool, and Network manager.
  • Fixes issue with “tar” extract error during install when using custom partitioning.
  • Switches ISO to LZMA compression, speeding up the install and reducing the size of the CD ISO image.
  • Fixed bug with some of doc files have unreadable permissions
  • Added anacron config into base system
  • Fixed bug starting the PCBSD Updater tool

The 1.4.1 ISO can be downloaded here and users of PC-BSD 1.4 can easily upgrade via “system update” or by downloading and installing this PBI.

Smoothwall vs M0n0wall: a comparison

m0n0wall-logo2.gifWhen it comes to firewalls, most people are fine with a consumer grade solution like a Linksys, Netgear or D-Link “router,” but these devices lack in features. With a Pentium II 200MHz processor and 1GB of RAM, you can create a firewall that’s way more powerful than the standard cable/DSL router you get from a computer shop, and thanks to free software it has features those other devices can only dream about. Here, is a quick and small comparison between Smoothwall Express 3.0 (based on Linux) and M0n0wall 1.231 (based on FreeBSD).

Hardware
Both Smoothwall and M0n0wall run on low end hardware just fine. For both systems, you’ll want at least a Pentium 2 and 128MB of RAM. Smoothwall requires more hard drive space than M0n0wall, which only needs about 8MB! Machines like this are available at auction sites, flea markets and garage sales for next to nothing. Keep in mind that these machines will use more power than a consumer “router,” but M0n0wall does have an option to turn off the hard drive after a few minutes of being idle. Now, on to the feature comparison.

Features
Smoothwall offers many more features than M0n0wall, including a caching web proxy server, DNS server, intrusion detection system, instant messenger logging, NTP server and email virus scanning.
By design, M0n0wall is only a firewall. It keeps to the Unix programming concept of doing one thing very well. If you want things like a proxy server, IDS or DNS, you’ll want to use Smoothwall. If you want things like 1:1 NAT, M0n0wall is your best choice. Both systems offer web based management and traffic shaping.

Final Word
The bottom line is that both of these systems are excellent firewalls. Smoothwall has more features, but requires higher-end hardware, while M0n0wall’s web management of firewall rules and traffic shaping seemed to be easier to use.

This is a summary of a post found on Linux Brain Dump

TrueBSD – ever heard of it?

TrueBSD LogoRecently I came across a fairly new project called TrueBSD, a FreeBSD LiveCD based on XFCE.

There’s not a great deal of information on the TrueBSD website as to what the goals of the project are, how their project differs from FreeSBIE (another FreeSBIE Live CD based on XFCE), if they’re planning to branch off etc etc etc. This is all the info on the frontpage:

“TrueBSD is a LiveCD operating system based on FreeBSD with many useful applications. All oen programs will keep working even when you eject LiveCD (using command cdcontrol eject) in order to get some data from your own CDs. Just don’t forget to insert the LiveCD again before starting any other programs. TrueBSD is distributed under BSD license, but some of the included software can be covered by some other license..

I have emailed the lead developer about a month ago for more information and background regarding TrueBSD, but all I received back was an email saying he doesn’t speak English. I’ve also tried to contact other members of the team, but, unfortunately, no reply (as yet).

So, the main reason for trying to contact members of the TrueBSD team was to find out some more background info and to see if I should track them on this blog etc.

Does any of you guys you know anything about this project? If, so it would be great if you could drop me a line.

FreeBSD 7.0-BETA2 available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of FreeBSD 7.0-BETA2:

The 7.0-BETA2 builds have completed and are on many of the FreeBSD mirror sites. If you want to update an existing machine using cvsup, use RELENG_7 as the branch tag. Instructions on using FreeBSD Update to perform a binary upgrade from FreeBSD 6.x to 7.0-BETA2 will be provided via the freebsd-stable list when available.

On a related note, the first beta build of FreeBSD 6.3 has also been released:

The 6.3-BETA1 builds got delayed a bit by a last minute MFC (Merged From -Current) causing some undesired ABI breakage. That has been fixed and the 6.3-BETA1 builds for amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 have completed.

BSDStats numbers (Oct 2007)

These are the final figures from BSDstats.org for October 2007 showing the use of *BSD operating systems:

  • PC-BSD 7554 (54.2%)
  • FreeBSD 5614 (40.3%)
  • DesktopBSD 554 (4.0%)
  • NetBSD 111 (0.8%)
  • OpenBSD 71 (0.5%)
  • DragonFlyBSD 21 (0.2%)
  • MirBSD 7 (0.1%)
  • MidnightBSD 6 (0.0%)
  • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 2 (0.0%)

PC-BSD is #1 for a few months now, but that can be explained since bsdstats pinging is on by default. I’m pretty sure there are many more FreeBSD servers out there, but without the BSDstats port installed. This port can be installed from /usr/ports/sysutils/bsdstats/

Spread the word about this port and install it on your own PC/Server (the pinging is done anonymously).

The BSD Community must be a lot bigger than 13,940 PCs/Servers ;-) Let’s prove how strong the *BSD community is.