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[CFT] Xorg 7.7 ready for testing!

Hi Fans,

The FreeBSD Xorg Team is pleased to announce Xorg 7.7 Release. We are very happy to be able to Call for testing shortly after the Xorg team annouced 7.7 release. This CFT is also open for discussion on how we should move forward with xorg release as we are facing some issues and we would like to ask for your opinion. Right now we have 2 existing xorg versions in our Ports Tree. The situation is quite bad due to our poor graphic card support. That means we do not have much choice but to take it as how it is now. But with regards to mesa support, we have to face some new challanges.

With the new mesa 8.0 release, accelerated support for a number of older graphic cards was dropped. At the moment we are not sure how to deal with that.We are thinking of just replacing mesa 7.11 with 8.0 or making a new flag like WITH_MESA= 7.11.2 / 8.0 in combination with WITH_NEW_XORG, and let the mesa 7.6.1 set as default together with the old xorg version. Obviosly the latter option make the already complex situation more complex. The problem is, users, especially  the new ones can easily get confused with it. Another issue is, the packages.We can’t deliver a package set with the new Xorg releases. This means users with new hardware will have to compile everything by themselves. Though I’m totally fine with compiling, not everyone has the CPU power to compile everything. What I’m trying to say is, I would love to see the newer xorg released as the default version, but i know this will break a lot of old hardware. The thing is, when we want to try to become a Modern Operating System, I dont see any other way to make the new xorg as default but to give Users the chance to compile the old xorg with a flag like WITH_OLD_XORG.

Some notes regarding KMS support:
KMS Support has been completely migrated to FreeBSD 10. The MFC to 9 will come soon, that means so long its not MFC’d to 9-Stable, users need to get the latest patch from our x11 mailing list.

This testing includes
* libdrm 2.4.34 (including KMS support)
* mesa 8.0.3
* full Xorg 7.7 release

Checkout Xorg Development Repo:
You will need to install devel/subversion in order to checkout the xorg repo. Next, you will need to add WITH_NEW_XORG=yes in your /etc/make.conf if you want to try out the new Xorg and mesa. Note
that if you are not qualified for the KMS patch, you shouldn’t use WITH_NEW_XORG=yes because the old intel driver doesn’t build with the new X server. If you are qualified, you should also set WITH_KMS=yes
in /etc/make.conf. Nvidia and ATI users should set WITH_NEW_XORG=yes.

svn co

A small merge script to merge the svn checkout into the real portstree can be found here:

The script is a modified version of the old kdemerge script. Please set the KDEDIR variable to the path of your ports. After merging, run one of the following command, depending on which
tool you use to manage your installed packages.

portupgrade -af \*
portmaster -a

After installing these, you will have to rebuild all xf86-* ports. We will bump all releated ports during the commit to the ports tree.

Our current plan is to let the CFT running for a while, and see what the outcome of the discussion above is. We hope to get a lot of feedback to solve as many problems as possible. Also we are working on the
libglut to freeglut migration, this will definitely complete before we import Xorg 7.7. So we still have enough time.  We are looking forward for your feedback.

– miwi on behalf of the FreeBSD X11 Team

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer » FreeBSD 2012-05-31 14:55:33

While our mailing list is flooded with commit messages and discussions of any kind, those relying on blog posts to get a status update on KDE/FreeBSD initiative (we have a website, d’you know?) might be a bit disappointed by our silence. Well, people, I’m here to fill this need of yours! So please, have a seat, […]

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer

After two months of porting efforts, tests and feedback from our users, we managed to commit KDE Software Compilation 4.7.2 to ports, right in time for 9.0-RELEASE. For those of you who want to know more, I’ll invite you to read our release announcement on the KDE/FreeBSD website.

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer

At last, we started shipping packages – amd64 only – to help with the CFT announced last week. If you’re one of those who want to test the incoming KDE Software Compilation, but don’t want to build it all from source, follow these steps: make sure you have a working X.Org installed (with a graphic […]

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer

The moment has finally arrived. We’re ready to share our work on the latest KDE Software Compilation to all the brave testers who wish to give a hand. The ports should be quite stable, and if we receive good feedback, I hope to be able to commit it to /usr/ports before the release slush, and […]

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer

I’m happy to announce my first mentee, Raphael Kubo da Costa (rakuco@). If you look at my commit history, you’ll understand I was getting tired of committing patches “Submitted by: Raphael Kubo da Costa”, so it was time to punish him with a ports commit bit and let him do the hard job on his […]

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer

It’s time for another roadmap. And let’s make it fast. What’s keeping KDE SC 4.7 still out of FreeBSD? Well, the high number of tarballs (and thus ports) in which it was split for this release. Actually they’re not too much, but they require a deep scan to update dependencies. We’ll probably be ready for […]

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer

While KDE SC 4.6.4 makes his debut in the ports tree, we decided not to push KDE PIM 4.6.0, and keep the stable a little longer. Nonetheless, we encourage you all brave people (well, it’s stable software, you don’t really need to be brave… but, as a FreeBSD user, you surely are) to install […]

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer

In last weeks I got my interest caught by all this talking about integrating Real-Time Communication and Collaboration support throughout KDE software, starting from a replacement for Kopete, the default IM client. And the latest blog post about it also caught my eye (screenshots do work), so I decided to give it a chance, and […]

Alberto Villa, FreeBSD committer

This time we were faster. Congrats (KDE SC 4.6.2) was announced yesterday, and has just been committed to the ports tree. It brings a lot of improvements and fixes. Special thanks go to Raphael Kubo da Costa, who ported the release. What’s next? KOffice 2.3.3, KDevelop 4.2.2, and… an alpha port for Calligra, maybe?

kde@ updating… well, everything

What a big set of updates the one committed today by kde@! While a bit late (but problems should now be solved: thank you PC-BSD!), we are pleased to announce: Qt 4.7.2; PyQt4 4.8.3; KDE SC 4.6.1, featuring an improved ksysguardd on its own (sysutils/ksysguardd, with no dependencies) that can be used for remote monitoring [...]

…and fresh blood came to kde@

Actually, the blog post by miwi@ referenced in the title has nothing to do with this, but it’s nice to see how, few days after that call to arms, the FreeBSD KDE Team gets a new member! David Naylor was invited to join the team after that he spent more than a year contributing patches [...]

FreeBSD needs fresh Blood!

Oh well, it’s time to write some nice job offer, of course it’s all
for free, and you can’t earn any money out of it, but you’ll get a
big thanks, hugs and love from the community. Ask your self, how
long have you been using FreeBSD. Months? Years? Decades? And you
love using it because of whatever reason but at the same time
you’re feeling a bit guilty to use it all for free without giving
anything back? Well now you’ll have the chance to change that.
We at FreeBSD are always in need of new people who are willing
to spare some of their time and effort into FreeBSD development.

Let me share a bit of my experience. I have (re)built a lot of
teams in the past, such as gecko@, kde@, python@, and I was
involved in the creation of FreeBSD vbox@ team. I have always
managed to get assistance from a lot of people, but recently more
and more people have started to complain about the slowness,
broken commits and requested for more Call for Testing. And that
is actually a big problem. I am the kind of person who like to
call for test, but I am also the kind of person who easily gets
disapointed when I’m not getting much feedbacks. The best example
here is ATI, Xorg and Xfce update. I did a call for testing because
Xorg and Driver updates is always a big issue because there are so
many different hardware involved with various configurations. From
the call for testing, we managed to get a total of 19 mails of
positive feedback and after 2 weeks I’ve committed the update.
What happened after that was I received a lot of complains for
not conducting much testing, yadda, yadda. Well I say it ain’t
my fault for not testing much, but it is also your fault for not
helping us. It is always easy to blame instead of helping. Ask
yourself why have you not helped us in testing properly and give
us feedbacks. Complaining is fine when it is done in the right
way, with the right tone.

While I’m talking about Xorg, the FreeBSD Xorg Team is currently
a one man show effort, supported by kwm@ and fluffy@. Xorg alone
is too big to get worked on. Plus you should not think that it is
affecting the ports only, but it affects the kernel as well, which
we are having the most problems at the moment. And of course I
would like to call for help on that as well. Based on my last call
for help, it is funny to see how many people wanted to offer some
help, but after knowing the amount of work involved, I have stopped
hearing from these guys. I understand that to update Xorg is always
a crappy job but I love doing it, because it is nice to get more and
more experience in understanding how things work, and it helps to
improve my skills a lot.

Lets a talk a bit about our FreeBSD KDE Team. KDE is nice, but it
really is a fat project. It needs a lot of love, and maintenance
time. Currently it’s a 4 people project, namely makc@, fluffy@ and
avilla@. While for support Raphael Kubo da Costa is handling it
actively. The thing is, KDE involves more than just KDE packages.
It includes Qt, PY-Qt, KOffice and Cmake as well. It is a big
project too and it would be nice to find more people to contribute
in the development.

And now lets talk about gecko@. gecko@ includes all Mozilla Project,
namely Firefox, Thunderbird and Seamonkey. It is currently maintained
by beat@ and decke@, and supported by flo@ and andreas. So again,
I’d like to see some fresh faces for this project as well. If you are willing
to help, do ping us via mail :p.

As for FreeBSD Gnome Team, well I can’t say much about gnome but
whenever I see the cvs commits in marcuscome tree, it seems like
most work for the upcoming gnome3 is done by kwm@, and supported
by marcus@, mezz@ and avl@. Gnome includes not only Gnome things
but it also include gtk and cairo, the one that always cause
problems in a major update. I think the team would love to have
some fresh blood in the team.

Okay, all of these need an understanding of programming and
scripting. If you think that you can’t do any of that, testing would
also help much. FreeBSD is one of the best documented open source
project, so that’s another area that could use some help too. Check
if is available in your language, or start helping to
improve the FreeBSD documents in your language. It would be very
helpful and the community will thank you for that. So if you would
like to offer some help, ping me in irc/jabber/mail :-)

- Martin

PCBSD sponsor FreeBSD KDE Build box

I’d like to note that the KDE FreeBSD Team is now
receiving assistance from PCBSD again. Since I left
the KDE Team, things have gone terribly wrong. After
having a few conversations with my old team, I finally
figured out what the problems were. But the main problem
was missing a package build system, and I managed to find
a solution for that with Kris’s help. Apparently this was
a root cause to some other issues and having it solved
helped to speed up other processes.

I’d like to say thanks to Kris Moore, Josh Paetzel,
Dru Lavigne and of course the iXsystem for their
generous donation to build a test machine for KDE.

PS: This means not i jump back to the KDE Team
but I’m always willing to Help when i can.

KDE SC 4.6 on FreeBSD roadmap

Hello KDE aficionados, we, the FreeBSD KDE Team, would like to expose our plans on updating KDE Software Compilation in ports.As you may know, we’ve had 4.6.0 in testing for about a month while the ports tree was in feature freeze. Now that it is open again, we are already dealing with 4.6.1 update, then [...]

[CFT] KDE SC 4.6.0 for FreeBSD.

Hello Internet,

The FreeBSD KDE Team is happy to let you know that KDE SC 4.6.0 has been
released a few Days ago, and the Release is ready for a public test. Before
you ask, no, we do not want to put KDE 4.6.0 in the ports tree before
FreeBSD 8.2/7.4 is released.

What’s new:
KDE SC 4.6.0 provides major updates to the KDE Plasma workspaces, KDE
Applications and KDE Platform. Theses releases, version 4.6, provide many
new features in each of KDE’s three product lines. The official
release notes for these releases can be found at

Now you can get KDE SC 4.6 via svn checkout:

svn co
svn co
svn co
svn co

Then try:

sh Tools/scripts/portsmerge
sh Tools/scripts/kdemerge

Happy updating!!