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PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 12/20/13

In the words of Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory TV Show), “i’m not insane…my mother had me tested�.  That’s the way i’m sure many of the devs felt at the end of this week.  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.  For more information on the package / pkgng debacle please see this blog post: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2013/12/end-of-the-pkg-woes/.  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.  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.  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.  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.  The new PBI’s have been approved and include the fixes to make sure flash works with all the recent changes in version PC-BSD 10.0.  For Chromium look for the version of 31 ending in .63.  For Firefox look for version 25_01.  I’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.  If flash is working in other browsers, but not firefox run the command nspluginwrapper –v –a –i.  For some reason flashpluginctl on / off was not running the script as it was supposed to.  From most mainstream testing this looks to be a fairly minor and isolated issue.

PBI’s continue to be added to the PC-BSD AppCafe as well as tons of new compatibility updates for current 10.0 PBI’s.   Total PBI’s ready for PC-BSD’s 10.0 release are now in excess of 720.   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).  The schedule has been insane, but the light at the end of the tunnel is near.

As we go into the new year soon we’d like to tell everyone thank you and wish you the best during the holidays.  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,

–Josh

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 i’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.

 

PC-BSD at All Things Open and vBSDCon

We’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. We’ll be at booth #18 in the expo area. Expo hours are 9–5 on Wednesday, October 23 and 9–4 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. We’ll have a booth in the expo area. The registration fee for this event is $75.

PC-BSD at LinuxCon

There will be a FreeBSD booth in the expo area of LinuxCon, to be held at the Hyatt New Orleans from September 16–18. Expo hours are from 9:00–19:30 on September 16 and 9:00–16:00 on September 17. As usual, we’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.

We’re also excited that Matt Ahrens, co-founder of ZFS, will be presenting  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.

PC-BSD at OLF

Several members of the PC-BSD team will be attending Ohio LinuxFest, to be held in Columbus, OH from September 13–15. Registration is required to attend Ohio LinuxFest, but registration is free.

We’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 “PC-BSD: Ports, Packages, and PBIs

PC-BSD at FOSSCON

FOSSCON will be held at the Friends Center in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, August 10 from 8:00–18:00. 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 “Introducing FreeNAS 9.1″ at 11:35 and Dan Langille will present “Bacula: The Networked Backup Open Source Solution

PC-BSD at Indiana LinuxFest

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 8:00–18:30. 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 “Getting Started with PC-BSD

Contest: Default PCDM Theme

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[1] 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 “Entry for PCDM Theme Contest

PC-BSD at SouthEast LinuxFest

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 “Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC-BSD systems

PC-BSD at Texas LinuxFest

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 we’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 “Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC-BSD® systems

PC-BSD at LFNW

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.

PC-BSD at NorthEast LinuxFest

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.

PC-BSD at SCALE

There will be a FreeBSD booth in the exhibition area of SCALE, to be held at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles, CA. Exhibition hours are Saturday, February 23 from 10:00–17:30 p.m and Sunday, February 24 from 10:00–16:00. Registration is required for this event, with a nominal fee for the expo area and a slightly higher fee for the entire conference.

Kris Moore will give a presentation on Network Booting and Deployment of FreeBSD and PC-BSD at 15:00 on Sunday.

We’ll be giving out copies of PC-BSD and FreeNAS as well as some cool swag at the FreeBSD booth. We can also accept donations for the FreeBSD Foundation. If you are in the Los Angeles area, drop by and say hi!

PC-BSD at Ottawa User Group Connect

User Group Connect is a relaxed one day unconference for meeting and interacting with the many technical User Groups in Ottawa. The event runs on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00-17:00 at Shopify in the Byward Market.

There will be a FreeBSD booth which will be giving away swag, PC-BSD 9.1 DVDs, FreeNAS 8.3 CDs, and brochures. If you’re in the Ottawa area, drop by and visit at this free event.

PC-BSD at LISA

There will be a FreeBSD booth in the exhibition area of LISA, to be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA. Exhibition hours are Wednesday, December 12 from 12:00–19:00 p.m and Thursday, December 13 from 9:30–14:00. Registration is required for this event, but is free for the exhibition area.

We’ll be giving out copies of PC-BSD and FreeNAS as well as some cool swag. If you are in the San Diego area, drop by and say hi!

PC-BSD at MeetBSD California

MeetBSD California takes place this upcoming weekend, November 3-4 at Yahoo! in Santa Clara, CA. Kris Moore will be presenting “The Warden® – FreeBSD and Linux Jail Management” on November 3 and several members of the PC-BSD team will also be attending the conference.

This event requires registration ($75USD).

PC-BSD at EuroBSDCon

Several members of the PC-BSD team will be at EuroBSDCon to be held in Warsaw, Poland on October 20-21. There will be a booth in the expo area which will hand out PC-BSD 9.1-RC1 DVDs as well as cool swag.

Kris Moore will present “The Warden – FreeBSD and Linux Jail Management” at 16:40 on Saturday the 20th.

Registration is required for this event.

PC-BSD Presentation at KyivBSD

Yuri Momotiuk will give a presentation “Development Environment of PC-BSD” on Saturday, September 24 at KyivBSD in Kyiv, Ukraine. Yuri developed the PC-BSD Control Panel and the GDM Configuration utility and is working on a bug reporting tool for PC-BSD 9.2. The presentation will be in Russian.

PC-BSD at OLF

PC-BSD will be at Ohio LinuxFest on Saturday, September 29 at the  Greater Columbus Convention Center, in the downtown arena-district Columbus, Ohio. Kris, Ken, and Dru will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs and cool swag at the FreeBSD booth in the expo area. Kris will also be giving a presentation on PC-BSD at 11:00.

Registration is free for this event, so if you are in the area, drop by the booth and say hi!

PC-BSD at Texas LinuxFest

We will be giving out PC-BSD 9.1-Beta1 DVDs, FreeNAS 8.2-RELEASE CDs, and other cool swag at the BSD booth during Texas LinuxFest. The booth is #37 in the Red Oak Ballroom of the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio. The expo is open on Saturday, August 4 from 10-6. Registration is required and costs $20 or $50.

Kris Moore will give a presentation on PC-BSD 9 at 13:30 on Saturday and Dru Lavigne will give a presentation on FreeNAS 8.3 at 11:20.