Kris and Ken attended BSDCan 2015 last week and had an amazing conference. The videos of the conference were just put online within the last couple days, so if you were not able to attend, you might want to take a look!
- BSDCan 2015 Videos from the conference (not all of them were video recorded, but a lot were).
- The video of Ken’s session about Lumina-DE. There is a bit missing at the beginning of the talk, but not too much was missed. The video is fairly dark, but you can also find all of Ken’s slides on SlideShare.
- It does not appear that a video was recorded for Kris’s session about package/jail management, but you can find the summary/paper on the conference website linked above.
- EDIT: There was a video recording of Kris’s session, but it has just not been put up yet. Stay tuned to the BSDCCan playlist to catch it when it gets uploaded. You can also find Kris’s slides from the session here.
At the same time as BSDCan, Joshua Smith attended the SouthEast Linux Fest (SELF) and gave a presentation titled “PC-BSD 10.1.2: Whats New?”.
If you have the opportunity to attend one of these conference in the future I highly recommend going!
There will be a FreeBSD booth during SCALE, to be held at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles from Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 22. This event has a small entrance fee and registration is required. The FreeBSD booth will be next to the OpenBSD booth. As usual, we’ll be giving away cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and brochures and accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation.
There will be several BSD-related talks at this event. Dru Lavigne will present “What’s New in FreeNAS 9.3″ at 13:30 on Saturday, Brooks Davis will present “Booting FreeBSD on BERI” at 14:30 on Saturday, and Michael Dexter will present “FreeBSD Virtualization Options” at 16:30 on Saturday.
The BSDA certification exam will be available at noon on Sunday. You can register and pay for the exam here.
Several members of the PC-BSD and FreeNAS teams will be attending MeetBSD, to be held on November 1 and 2 in San Jose, CA. There’s some great presentations lined up for this event and registration is only $75.
As usual, we’ll be giving out PC-BSD and FreeNAS media and swag. There will also be a FreeBSD Foundation booth that will accept donations to the Foundation. The BSDA certification exam will be held at 18:00 on November 1.
Several members of the PC-BSD and FreeBSD Projects will be at Ohio LinuxFest, to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on October 24–26. Paid and free registration is available for this event.
Ken Moore will present “Lumina DE: A new desktop environment for PC-BSD” on Friday, October 11 at 11:00. Dru Lavigne will present “A Sneak Peak at FreeNAS 9.3″ on Friday, October 24 at 15:00. Dan Langille will present “Virtualization with FreeBSD Jails, ezjail, and ZFS” on Saturday, October 25 at 14:00.
There will be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area. Expo hours are 17:00–19:00 on Friday, October 24 and 8:00–17:00 on Saturday, October 25. As usual, we’ll have cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and will accept donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
The BSDA certification exam will be available at 16:00 on Saturday, October 25 and at 10:00 on Sunday, October 26. The cost for the exam is $75.
There will be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area of All Things Open, to be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC on October 22–23. Registration is required for this event.
Expo hours are from 8:00–17:00 on Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22. As usual, we’ll have some cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and brochures. We will also accept donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Fossetcon will take place September 11–13 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL. Registration for this event ranges from $10 to $85 and includes meals and a t-shirt.
There will be a BSD booth in the expo area on both Friday and Saturday from 10:30–18:30. As usual, we’ll be giving out a bunch of cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs, as well as accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation. Dru Lavigne will present “ZFS 101″ at 11:30 on Saturday. The BSDA certification exam will be held at 15:00 On Saturday.
SouthEast LinuxFest will take place June 20–22 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, NC. Registration for this event is free.
There will be a BSD booth in the expo area on both Friday and Saturday from 9:00–17:00. As usual, we’ll be giving out a bunch of cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs, as well as accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation. Ken Moore will present “PBI v10: Application Management Made Easy” at 13:30 on Friday and Dru Lavigne will present “ZFS 101″ at 13:30 on Saturday. The BSDA certification exam will also be held at 11:00 On Sunday.
There will be a BSD booth at Texas LinuxFest to be held June 13 and 14 at the Austin Convention Center in downtown Austin, Texas. Several members of the PC-BSD team will be at the booth and will be giving out cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation. Registration for this event is $30 or $60 and the expo area is open on Friday from 12:00–18:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00.
On Saturday, Josh Smith will present Introduction to PC-BSD 10.0 and Dru Lavigne will present Graphical ZFS Management Tools.
The BSDA certification exam will also be available on Friday at 10:00. The cost of the exam is $75.
In the words of Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory TV Show), Ã¢â‚¬Å“iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not insaneÃ¢â‚¬Â¦my mother had me testedÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½. Ã‚Â ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure many of the devs felt at the end of this week. Ã‚Â While fending off the impending insanity caused by lack-of-flash-itis, the reason for our package issues with version 10.0 finally have started to come into focus. Ã‚Â For more information on the package / pkgng debacle please see this blog post:Ã‚Â http://blog.pcbsd.org/2013/12/end-of-the-pkg-woes/. Ã‚Â Though we typically just recommend users just upgrade to new package sets, I personally opted to do a complete reinstall of 10.0 Beta P6. Ã‚Â The primary issue myself and many other developers kept running into was issues with the centOS linux compatibility layer that was just too buggy to make good use of at this time.
In other similar news PC-BSD is likely to begin starting a new version naming system to help differentiate the different types of releases and hopefully offer a little more clarity to users that may be less than familiar with the conventional FreeBSD naming system. Ã‚Â Along with the new naming system a new package release schedule will also be added to help users maintain more stability by not having to update their packages every couple of weeks. Ã‚Â Stay tuned for more information on this as it develops.
Flash is now working in both firefox and chromium as well as many other internet browsers. Ã‚Â The new PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s have been approved and include the fixes to make sure flash works with all the recent changes in version PC-BSD 10.0. Ã‚Â For Chromium look for the version of 31 ending in .63. Ã‚Â For Firefox look for version 25_01. Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure if the issue is widespread but there was an additional step needed to make flash work in firefox on one of my primary test systems. Ã‚Â If flash is working in other browsers, but not firefox run the commandÃ‚Â nspluginwrapper Ã¢â‚¬â€œv Ã¢â‚¬â€œa Ã¢â‚¬â€œi. Ã‚Â For some reason flashpluginctl on / off was not running the script as it was supposed to. Ã‚Â From most mainstream testing this looks to be a fairly minor and isolated issue.
PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s continue to be added to the PC-BSD AppCafe as well as tons of new compatibility updates for current 10.0 PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. Ã‚Â Total PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ready for PC-BSDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10.0 release are now in excess of 720. Ã‚Â PC-BSD version 9.2 has also been receiving tons of PBI updates so make sure to check those out as well!
Special thanks to Ken and Kris both as well for all the bug fixes you guys have committed this week (and for listening to my non-stop rants on why flash is so important). Ã‚Â The schedule has been insane, but the light at the end of the tunnel is near.
As we go into the new year soon weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to tell everyone thank you and wish you the best during the holidays. Ã‚Â I will now leave you with a bit of holiday cheer for all of who have or will experience that inevitable holiday computer failure.
Best Regards and Happy Holidays,
On the twelfth day I left it, my PC gave to me:
Twelve programs stalling;
Eleven chips a-smoking;
Ten ports a-jamming;
Nine jails a-frying;
Eight times iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m crying;
Seven blown partitions;
Six bad controllers;
Five seeeeeeg faults; (singer should hold out seg just FYI)
Four bad blocks;
Three bad controllers;
Two faulty pools;
And a burnt-out CPU fan.
Weâ€™ll be giving out PC-BSD and FreeNAS swag and accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation at two events this week:
All Things Open will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. Weâ€™ll be at booth #18 in the expo area. Expo hours are 9â€“5 on Wednesday, October 23 and 9â€“4 on Thursday, October 24. Registration is required for this event.
vBSDCon will be held at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA. This BSD conference starts with a welcome dinner on Friday evening followed by a hacker lounge and doc sprint. There will be presentations on Saturday and Sunday and the BSDA certification exam on Saturday evening. Saturday evening will also host a social event, hacking lounge, and doc sprint. Weâ€™ll have a booth in the expo area. The registration fee for this event is $75.
There will be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area of LinuxCon, to be held at the Hyatt New Orleans from September 16â€“18. Expo hours are from 9:00â€“19:30 on September 16 and 9:00â€“16:00 on September 17. As usual, weâ€™ll be giving out cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation. If you are attending the conference, be sure to drop by and say hi!
Note that this conference is not free to attend and requires registration. There is a discount for students and a limited number of scholarships are available for active members of an open source community.
Weâ€™re also excited that Matt Ahrens, co-founder of ZFS, will be presentingÂ Open ZFS on Linux: How the Linux, FreeBSD, and Illumos Communities are Joining Forces to Continue Improving Open-Source ZFS on September 17 at 15:10.
Several members of the PC-BSD team will be attending Ohio LinuxFest, to be held in Columbus, OH from September 13â€“15. Registration is required to attend Ohio LinuxFest, but registration is free.
Weâ€™re excited that Kirk McKusick will be delivering the closing keynote on Saturday, September 14. The topic of the keynote will be Building and Running and Open-Source Community: The FreeBSD Project.
Ken Moore will present â€œPC-BSD: Ports, Packages, and PBIs
FOSSCON will be held at the Friends Center in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, August 10 from 8:00â€“18:00. Registration is free for this event.
There will be a BSD booth in the Expo area. We will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs and other cool swag, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Dru Lavigne will present â€œIntroducing FreeNAS 9.1â€³ at 11:35 and Dan Langille will present â€œBacula: The Networked Backup Open Source Solution
Indiana LinuxFest will be held at the Wyndham Indianapolis Hotel in Indianapolis, IN from Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28. Registration is free for this event.
There will be a BSD booth in the Expo area on Saturday from 8:00â€“18:30. We will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and other cool swag, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Ken Moore will present â€œGetting Started with PC-BSD
This press release went out this morning.
While it concentrates on FreeNAS, this is also very good news for PC-BSD, and ultimately, FreeBSD. We look forward to working with Jordan and benefiting from his experience at Apple. I see good things in PC-BSDâ€™s future
Calling all creative PC-BSD users! The developers at PC-BSD would like your help in designing a brand new theme for the PCDM login manager. The winning entry will see their own customized skin as the default theme in the next official release of PC-BSD! In addition, we would like to present the winner and runner-ups with these awesome prizes:
1st Prize: A PC-BSD Isotope T-shirt, PC-BSD stickers, BSD wristbands, plus misc FreeBSD swag items.(Total ARV: $40)
Honorable mentions: PC-BSD schwag package (ARV: $15)
Contest start:11:00am PST on June 19th, 2013
Contest end:11:00am PST on July 8th, 2013
Please submit your entries in an email to the PC-BSD developers mailing list along with your email contact information. The format we require is a *.tar.gz archive containing all the image files as well as *.theme file. Please title the subject heading â€œEntry for PCDM Theme Contest
SouthEast LinuxFest will be held at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina from Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9. Registration is required, but free, for this event.
There will be a BSD booth in the Expo area, all three days. Several members of the PC-BSD team will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs, and other cool swag, as well as accepting donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Kris Moore will present â€œAutomating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC-BSD systems
Several members of the PC-BSD team will be at Texas LinuxFest, to be held at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas from Friday May 31 to Saturday June 1. Registration is required for this event at a cost of $25 or $55.
There will be a BSD booth in the Expo (booth #21) on June 1 where weâ€™ll be giving out PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs and other cool swag. We can also accept donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.
Kris Moore will present â€œAutomating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC-BSDÂ® systems
LinuxFest NorthWest will be held April 27-28 at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, WA. This event is free to attend.
We’ll be giving out cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs at the FreeBSD booth in the expo area. If you are attending the event, drop by and say hi.
NorthEast LinuxFest will be held March 16-17 at the Science Center at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Registration is free for this event.
There will be a BSD booth in the expo area that will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs, FreeNAS CDs as well as other cool swag. Donations will be accepted for the FreeBSD Foundation.
The BSDA certification exam will also be available during this event.