Category Archives: advocacy

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 23

Hey PC-BSDers! This week we’re coming at you with some pretty sweet updates to PC-BSD. The mount tray has seen some significant improvement and is now able to mount most audio / dvd formats without a problem. Also windows partition types are now showing up correctly on my test system after building the new mount tray from source. The mount tray will also prompt you to open your disc with a program and will offer you correct suggestions based on the proper package / PBI. Ultimately the mount tray will most likely replace the built in mounting systems in the desktop environments. This is still a little ways off in the future, but the direction we are heading in.

We heard that there were some users that were experiencing problems upgrading and believe we have found the guilty party. I was able to duplicate the same package upgrade problem that was causing updates to 10.0.1 to fail, and asked Allan over at Scale Engine to give us a hand. Allan was able to track down the issue to a faulty distribution server that was interrupting connections and preventing the upgrades randomly. This server has been removed from service at this time and further work is going into preventing this from happening again in the future.

Work has begun to localize PC-BSD into the Hindi language. We’d like to give a shout out to the newest member of our translation team Simran. Thanks for your help and we are excited at the prospect for even more people to be able to use PC-BSD. Our estimated date of completion is 3 weeks from now. If you have an interest in this language please help us spread the word!

Other News / Projects for this week:

* Merged latest ports and gnome3 patches into ‘master’
* Merged in latest VirtualBox versions
* Wrote a userland replacement for the FUSE module to execute PBIs in a faster and less unstable manner (about 90% complete)
* Kicked off new –STABLE builds
* Update 9.x PBI’s
* Add new XDG-compatibility classes in libpcbsd (scanning/listing/filtering system applications)
* New Utility: pc-systemflag (shell) — pc-systemflag is used to set a flag/message on the system for cross-application communication
* Rewrite the pc-systemupdatertray utility to use the new SystemFlagWatcher. Is much simpler and more streamlined now.
* Add system flag usage to pc-softwaremanager for PBI update availability
* Add system flag usage to the pbi-manager (“pbi_update –check-all� usage only)
* Add system flag usage to pc-updatemanager (for all package and system updates/checks)

New Contributor Survey

Do you consider yourself to be a new contributor to the PC-BSD project? In this context, new means within the last three years and contributions can be in the form of patches, code, documentation, translations, QA, or testing.

Kevin Carillo, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, is gathering information for his research topic about the influence of newcomer experience on contributor behavior and performance in Free/Open Source Software communities. He is interested in hearing from people who are either technical or non-technical contributors, and who have had either positive or negative newcomer experiences.

If you would like to participate, complete his anonymous survey. Kevin will post news about his progress with this research and the results at his blog.

When completing the survey, select FreeBSD in question number one and specify PC-BSD and the type of contribution in question number two.

Who uses FreeBSD?

One reason why I maintain this blog is to do some advocacy for FreeBSD - attempt to spread the word about new developments and generally promote it.

It's not an easy job as the system constantly struggles for popularity aside the much more popular Linux (and on the other side - older Unixes and Windows). I've accidentally come across this page on www.freebsd.org listing some popular FreeBSD users but I think it badly needs updating.

Are you a big FreeBSD user? Working in an organization which uses FreeBSD on a larger scale? Write about it here (in comments)! No need to mention details if you think they are confidential!

Read more...

Who uses FreeBSD?

One reason why I maintain this blog is to do some advocacy for FreeBSD - attempt to spread the word about new developments and generally promote it.

It's not an easy job as the system constantly struggles for popularity aside the much more popular Linux (and on the other side - older Unixes and Windows). I've accidentally come across this page on www.freebsd.org listing some popular FreeBSD users but I think it badly needs updating.

Are you a big FreeBSD user? Working in an organization which uses FreeBSD on a larger scale? Write about it here (in comments)! No need to mention details if you think they are confidential!

Read more...

Who uses FreeBSD?

One reason why I maintain this blog is to do some advocacy for FreeBSD - attempt to spread the word about new developments and generally promote it.

It's not an easy job as the system constantly struggles for popularity aside the much more popular Linux (and on the other side - older Unixes and Windows). I've accidentally come across this page on www.freebsd.org listing some popular FreeBSD users but I think it badly needs updating.

Are you a big FreeBSD user? Working in an organization which uses FreeBSD on a larger scale? Write about it here (in comments)! No need to mention details if you think they are confidential!

Read more...