Monthly Archives: July 2010

v4l support in the linuxulator MFCed to 8-stable

I merged the v4l translation layer into the linuxulator of 8-stable. As in –current, this just means that linux apps (like Skype) can now use FreeBSD native devices which conform to the v4l ABI. The port multimedia/webcamd provides access to some webcams (or DVB hardware) via the v4l ABI.

People which want to test the linuxulator part should first make sure a native FreeBSD application has no problem accessing the device.

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FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter

Our Semi-Annual Newsletter is now available. There's a lot of information in this edition, including:

We are not only committers, we are also humans!

portmgr has accepted Baptiste Daroussin as a port freebsd committer. After several good PR, he has his punishment.
I will mentor him with my old wise mentor tabthorpe@. Together, we wrote a little questionnaire.

1- Can you introduce yourself?
I'm a unix system engineer, I use FreeBSD since 4.X but don't remember what number the X, I'm a rugby player (second row) and I'm really not good at introducing myself.

2- When was your first pr and why?
My first pr was to add a new ports multimedia/zapping, to be able to watch TV with my bktr card, but it never enters the ports tree. The pr is sill suspended : ports/86401

3- What is your favorite beer/whiskey?
My favorite beer, it's hard to find one but I would say "trappiste rochefort" About whiskey I love "Old Pulteney" and with a completely different taste "Caol Ila"

4- Are you in a LUG/BSD association?
I'm a member of BSDFrance but not doing that much

5- Vim or Emacs ?
vim, what else?

6- What is the most embarassing thing you will admit to having on your iPod?
I don't have any ipods, and if I had I would said nothing as I really assume my tastes (the bad ones as the others)

7- Boxers or briefs?
Boxers for sure

8- What is your preferred x11-wm/ on FreeBSD?
i3 or pekwm depending my mood

9- As a maintainer, who where your 3 favourite committers?
jadawin, miwi, liminon^Wtabthorpe

10- What would you like to achieve as a Ports committer?
I would like to improve the binary package creation/usage


Have fun with freebsd and welcome on board bapt@!

FreeBSD 8.1 and status report

FreeBSD 8.1 has been released! This is mostly an maintainance release with few major changes:

  • zfsloader added

  • zpool version of ZFS subsystem updated to version 14

  • NFSv4 ACL support in UFS and ZFS; support added to cp(1), find(1), getfacl(1), mv(1), and setfacl(1) utilities

  • UltraSPARC IV/IV+, SPARC64 V support

  • SMP support in PowerPC G5

Some of the other interesting new features are: the ability to use VLAN tags with TSO, HAST high availability storage (disk replication) and new CAM-integrated SATA subsystem (not the default in 8.x to avoid breaking ABI).

At around the same time, a new FreeBSD status report was published.

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FreeBSD 8.1 and status report

FreeBSD 8.1 has been released! This is mostly an maintainance release with few major changes:

  • zfsloader added

  • zpool version of ZFS subsystem updated to version 14

  • NFSv4 ACL support in UFS and ZFS; support added to cp(1), find(1), getfacl(1), mv(1), and setfacl(1) utilities

  • UltraSPARC IV/IV+, SPARC64 V support

  • SMP support in PowerPC G5

Some of the other interesting new features are: the ability to use VLAN tags with TSO, HAST high availability storage (disk replication) and new CAM-integrated SATA subsystem (not the default in 8.x to avoid breaking ABI).

At around the same time, a new FreeBSD status report was published.

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gecko-mediaplayer as Flash Alternative for YouTube

Flash on amd64 is a bit of a burden and I don't need it anymore because I mostly used it for youtube. Not that you can't download the video with filsh.net and watch it with mplayer or vlc but it's inconvenient.

An alternative solution for this is www/gecko-mediaplayer. For embedded videos you are already done but for youtube you also need the Greasemonkey Add-On for Firefox and the Youtube without Flash Auto Greasemonkey script. If you are on a youtube site watch out for the new buttons "View without Flash" below the video.

Update: Youtube changed something and the greasemonkey script stopped working. Use the Free Youtube! script and it plays fine again.

gecko-mediaplayer playing YouTube

gecko-mediaplayer playing tvthek.orf.at

FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE Available

FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE is now available. Please be sure to check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 8.1. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

bsdtalk194 – Fossil SCM with D. Richard Hipp

Interview with D. Richard Hipp. We talk about the Fossil distributed software configuration management system.

More information can be found at http://www.fossil-scm.org.

File Info: 30Min, 15MB.

Ogg Link:
http://cisx1.uma.maine.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk194.ogg

bsdtalk194 – Fossil SCM with D. Richard Hipp

Interview with D. Richard Hipp. We talk about the Fossil distributed software configuration management system.More information can be found at http://www.fossil-scm.org.File Info: 30Min, 15MB.Ogg Link:http://cisx1.uma.maine.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk194.ogg

PostgreSQL on tmpfs

Running a database on a memory file system serves a dual (and unfortunately not easy to deintertwine) purpose: testing database scalability and testing operatin system scalability. On the other hand, I did it just to see what the results could look like given an almost infinitely fast storage device :)

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