DesktopBSD 1.6 final released

The wait is over. After about 20 months since v1.0, 1.6 has been released.

This release is the first stable release of the 1.6 branch and comes with a great number of new features and improvements. It is based on the second release candidate of FreeBSD’s upcoming production release 6.3 and provides the user with an enhanced KDE 3.5.8 desktop environment.

Congratulations to the DBSD Team

The most notable new features are:

  • FreeBSD 6 as a modern and reliable base system
  • X.Org release 7.3, improving support for modern graphics hardware
  • Live CD/DVD feature for testing the system without installation
  • Revised installer supporting upgrades from 1.0 and previous 1.6 RCs
  • Improved package manager usability and performance
  • Many enhancements and bugfixes for the DesktopBSD tools
  • Support for multiple processors and multi-core CPUs
  • Inclusion of the NVIDIA graphics driver for hardware 3D rendering
  • DesktopBSD build servers as an up-to-date package source

Release Notes | Download Page

New Year’s message from PC-BSD

PC-BSD’s New Year’s message offers a few peeks into what is planned for 2008:

  • PC-BSD 1.5 based on FreeBSD 6.3 and KDE 3.5.8
  • 64-bit native version planned
  • Update to the PBI Creator and
  • PBI Auto-Building system up-and-running

On behalf of the PC-BSD Core Team, Kris Moore writes:

I wanted to post a brief message to our users and developers, thanking them for their support over the last year, and offering a few peeks into what we are planning for ’08.

First of all we are eagerly awaiting the release of KDE 4 and FreeBSD 7, and will start on a new version of PC-BSD based on these sometime in the months after their release. Also, we plan on a 1.5 release based on FreeBSD 6.3 and KDE 3.5.8, which will be the last release in the 1.x series. We also plan on releasing a 64 bit native version of PC-BSD starting with version 1.5. This version will also have its own set of 64 bit PBIs to ensure that users can run their applications natively, as they should be.

Also in the next few weeks an update to the PBI creator will be released, which will offer a few new features, such as being able to choose a different install location for their applications. We are also busy working on an update to PBIDir, which will make it easier to monitor and install the latest PBIs. This along with our new PBI Auto-Building system will help ensure that PBIs are up to date, and often available in 24-48 hours after the related port has been updated in the ports tree.

We are looking forward to another year of leaps forward in PC-BSD usability and power, and hope everybody enjoys the improvements! showing eroneous data?

I’ve noticed today that is showing  only 1,145 users for FreeBSD  and 1,393 for PC-BSD so far this month. Usually the number for FreeBSD is around 4,000 servers/PCs at the beginning of each month, which then climbs up to around 5,000 at the end of the month. Most of these are servers that are on 24/7 so they ping immediately at the beginning of the month. The number of PC-BSD users tends to go up slowly throughout the month to around 5,000 users. The total of 1,393 PC-BSD users so far this month is possibly correct, but I’m not sure about the 1,145 FreeBSD servers/users.

Anybody aware of any problems or changed scripts?

FreeNAS Tutorials

Rob Lagesse has created two easy FreeNAS tutorials. These howto’s are aimed at Windows users wanting to set up a NAS server but having no or little experience with alternative operating systems. All step-by-step with many screenshots.

If you’re an advanced FreeNAS/FreeBSD user you may find these two post interesting: FreeNAS & online snapshot backups, with a script how to backup your data to an online hoster, e.g. Bluehost, or this post: Diy NAS + Xbox 360 = R0X.

BSDStats numbers (December 2007)

These are the final BSD usage numbers for December 2007 from showing the use of *BSD operating systems:

  • FreeBSD 5,780 (47.2%)
  • PC-BSD 5,506 (44.9%)
  • DesktopBSD 745 (6.1%)
  • NetBSD 116 (0.9%)
  • OpenBSD 61 (0.5%)
  • DragonFlyBSD 25 (0.2%)
  • MidnightBSD 12 (0.1%)
  • MirBSD 6 (0.0%)
  • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 2 (0.0%)

Where is pfSense 1.2?

The release of pfSense 1.2 has been delayed which has been caused by a number of minor issues. The developers want 1.2 to be the beste release ever, hence their concentrating on (potential) bugs.

1.2-RC4 can be expected some time in the next couple of weeks and then final tests for a week or so, followed with the final release. So if all goes well, 1.2 should be released around the 3rd week of January.

Source: pfSense blog (29/12/2007)

Bounty announced for Flash9 in Opera in FreeBSD

John Kozubik has announced that he will pay $200 to anyone who succeeds in can geting Adobe Flash9 to work on FreeBSD 6.x:

… I will pay $200 to whoever can compose a working and stable recipe for running Adobe Flash 9 inside of the FreeBSD native version of Opera 9 on FreeBSD 6.x. This shouldn’t be that hard – in fact, there is already a linux-flashplugin9 port. The trouble is, even if you do convince your browser to use the plugin, it crashes frequently and generally “doesn’t work”. I think a good proof of success would be the ability to play arbitrary content on YouTube without complication, or perhaps use all of google maps / google finance without crashing.

Interested? Read further here

Interested in a pfSense training course?

Chris and Scott, 2 pfSense developers, are considering putting together a 4 hour training course on pfSense, starting from an introduction and installation, and covering as much material as possibly can be done in 4 hours (4 hours is the max duration of a training slot at BSDCan 2008). The tutorial cost in previous years was something like $50. If the proposal is accepted, the course will take place in May 2008 in Ottawa, Canada.If you’re interesed in this course, just drop Chris an email.

New life for the Dutch FreeBSD Doc Project

Remco Lodder who is responsible for the Dutch Documentation Project has been updating the handbook

Since somewhat more than a week ago I decided to give a burst of energy back to the FreeBSD Dutch Documentation project again by making the current translations up to date and submitting them towards the main project. As you could have seen there were a lot of commits because of this lately, and I also setup a personal p4 workspace for this so that I can better maintain the documentation at hand…


Als u geïnteresseerd bent in het bijdragen aan de Nederlandse vertaling van het Handboek, dan kunt u hier meer informatie vinden. Veel hoofdstukken bestaan nog niet en op een aantal plaatsen moet de vertaling bijgewerkt worden.

Help a FreeBSD committer get away (and back)

One of FreeBSD’s most active ports committers, Martin Wilke, is in desperate need of a break; away from computers and  human beings. Alaska doesn’t sound too bad a place for it. If you appreciate his work, please consider giving a donation to recharge his mental batteries and to carry on with his FreeBSD commitments in the new year.

I’m ready for a holiday. I have no motivation at the moment and it’s hard to stand up in the morning to see the pain in Germany.

I want to do a 14 day trip to Alaska, away from human civilisation. The problem is that everyone whom I told this laughed at me and they are thinking I’m mad. I am not! Anywhere you go there is tourism.

I would do it alone without wife, children and computers. Just enjoying some free time without any stress *dream*. If someone would sponsor me 2000 euro I would be very happy. The flight is about 1500 Euro for 2 weeks with about 28 hours flight time and 8600 km away from everything.

Read Martin Wilke’s complete post here.