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PC-BSD 8.0 released

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FreeBSDPC-BSD 8.0 (Hubble Edition) was released on February 22nd, 2010. Some notable changes from the previous version are:
  • FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2
  • KDE 4.3.5
  • Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD
  • Run in Live mode directly from DVD
  • Updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly
  • Support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64
Cool!
 
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Quick tip: cups - web admin - localhost works, hostname doesn't

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FreeBSDIn cups if http://localhost:631/ works, but http://hostname:631/ gives you a "400 Bad Request", try this: cupsctl "ServerAlias=hostname". It worked for me. If the server have aliases, you can add them with more cupsctl commands.
 
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Quick tip: avoid filling up root partion with *symbol files

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FreeBSDIf you put INSTALL_NODEBUG=yes in /etc/make.conf, you will avoid all the *.symbol files (which fills up your root partition) when doing 'make kernel' or 'make buildkernel; make installkernel'.
 
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Quick tip: SqueezeCenter and favorites

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FreeBSDFirst it was named slimserver, then SqueezeCenter, now Squeezebox Server (in ports as audio/squeezeboxserver) and it is still a great product. Anyway, in FreeBSD the server runs under the slimserv user, which is a member of the slimserv group. When you set up a Favorites folder, make sure that this user can write to that folder, or you won't be able to save your playlists and favorites.
 
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FreeNAS - revived

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FreeBSDFreeNAS will survive.iXsystems will be the new sponsor, supporting the project with developers and development resources. They are dedicated to keeping FreeNAS on FreeBSD, and on keeping zfs support top notch.
 
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MythTV 0.22 - now in FreeBSD ports

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FreeBSDMythTV version 0.22 is now in FreeBSD ports. Yay! Time to test and upgrade my mythtv backend with the new version. There are currently three ports: mythtv, mythtv-frontend and mythtv-themes.
 
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FreeBSD 8.0 released

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FreeBSDFreeBSD 8.0 has been released. Release announcement, release notes and errata. Some new things:
  • new usb stack - Ground-up rewrite of USB, including USB target support.
  • 802.11s D3.03 wireless mesh networking and Virtual Access Point support.
  • http://www.freebsd.org/releases/8.0R/errata.html
And there is more - check it out. Yes!
 
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BSDRP: BSD Router Project

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FreeBSDBSDRP or BSD Router Project is interesting. It is an embedded open source router distribution based on FreeBSD, with Quagga and XORP for routing. And it all fits on a 512 MB flash card / usb memory stick. Cool!
 
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FreeBSD 8.0-BETA1 Available

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FreeBSDFreeBSD 8.0-BETA1 is available. From the mailing list announcement::
The first public test build of the FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE test cycle is now available, 8.0-BETA1. Through the next week or so more information about the release will be posted but here is the current target schedule for the other 'major events':

BETA2: July 13, 2009
BETA3: July 20, 2009
RC1: July 27, 2009
RC2: August 17, 2009
RELEASE:August 31, 2009

People with the resources to do so (test machines...) are encouraged to give 8.0-BETA1 a try. At this point it is not quite ready for production systems but mostly because there is still some ongoing work
in a few areas that may cause some changes in things like ABI/API. Debugging support (WITNESS, malloc debugging, etc.) are also still turned on and those tend to cause a performance hit. As far as we know
there are no known issues that would cause data corruption or anything like that, just the issues with performance and potential for changes caused by ongoing work. If you find problems they can be reported through the normal Gnats based PR system or posted to the mailing lists.
 
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FreeBSD 7.2 on a Sun Ultra 1 Creator 3D

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FreeBSDThe last time I installed anything on my Sun Ultra 1 Creator 3D, I had to do it with netbooting. I was more lucky this time - the machine now has a working cd-rom drive.
The install was easy enough; download the correct cd image, burn it, and boot the ultra 1 from the cd. Then follow the normal FreeBSD installation with sysinstall. The machine now runs FreeBSD 7.2-release:
root@ultra1# uname -a
FreeBSD ultra1.kg4.no 7.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE #0: Sat May  2 08:25:23 UTC 2009
     root@obrian.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  sparc64
Way cool.
Other articles about the Ultra 1:
OpenBSD 3.6 on a Sun Ultra 1E Creator3D
Getting XFree86 working on a Sun Ultra 1E Creator3D
 
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