BSD News 9/23/13

Last week in BSD

Releases: FreeBSD, GhostBSD
Other News: JabirOS, BSDNow, OpenZFS, MirOS, DragonFlyBSD


FreeBSD 10.0-ALPHA2 Now Available

The second ALPHA build of the 10.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures.

The image checksums are at the end of the announcement announcement email.

ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images are available here and at any of the FreeBSD mirror sites.

FreeBSD 10 Release Schedule is also available. 

GhostBSD 3.5 RC1 is now available!

The first release candidate builds of the 3.5 release is now available on SourceForge for LXDE and Xfce on amd64 and i386 architectures.
The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:

Changes between BETA3 and RC1 include:
  • FreeBSD RC3 to RC4.
  • Installer progress black window fixed
  • Bxpkg Package Manager "fail to start due to some GTK+ issue" is fixed
  • Mate BSM theme is Fixed
  • New GDM login theme
Known issue.
  • Bxpkg Update Manager don't work properly and can harmed the system if used.
  • GDM might hang, but should be usable.

Jabiros 1.5 will be released soon

JabirOS 1.5 , will be released soon. this release, is a complete fork of FreeBSD 9.2 , and version 2.0 and later will be based on 1.5 codebase !
The new JabirOS installer is available for test, on our github.
What will be new in version 1.5 ?!
  1. XFCE Desktop Environment
  2. Chromium Browser
  3. LibreOffice
  4. VLC Media Player


 The third episode of BSD Now

Interesting blogposts about using +PC-BSD:

Daily use of PC-BSD : first week 
PC-BSD flash plugin
Using PC-BSD : Third week 

OpenZFS Project  

The OpenZFS project was announced . According to Justin Gibbs of the FreeBSD Foundation: this is a cross-platform effort to ensure the continued evolution of the ZFS file system. For developers and users of FreeBSD, the formation of OpenZFS clarifies the future of ZFS support for our platform.  The FreeBSD project is now an equal partner in defining the course for ZFS. OpenZFS combines the man power of the FreeBSD, Illumos, Linux, and MacOS communities to provide a level of test coverage, feature development, documenation, and support that wasn't possible with our separate efforts.  Most importantly, OpenZFS will improve platform interoperability and reduce fragmentation of ZFS implementations. 

DragonFly Moving dports to gcc 4.7

DragonFly has two included compilers – GCC 4.4, and GCC 4.7.  Traditionally, we switch from one compiler to the other as default, and then replace the old one with a newer release, and so on.
Until recently, dports built almost exclusively using GCC 4.4.  John Marino’s switching to GCC 4.7, for a variety of reasons he lists in a recent post to [email protected].

The MirOS: Rolling is the new buzzword

The MirOS Project is proud to announce that the NetInstall area contains a fresh snapshot of MirBSD-current for the i386 and sparc architectures. In due time, a hand-crafted Live ISO image, with some packages configured and grml-mir added, will be published here, so watch this space ;-)
As someone in IRC already mentioned, MirBSD is currently published on a “rolling release” schedule (although we’ll eventually release MirBSD #11… some day). The snapshots are intended mainly for people to use when installing, or trying out MirBSD, but also as an upgrade aid (so recompiling afterwards (to be even more up to date) is very easy) and a baseline for binary packages (although there have been few (though MuPDF is a recent noteworthy addition) MirPorts packages lately, and I somehow doubt [email protected] wants me to gift one of my SPARCstation boxen to him for building pkgsrc® quarterlies).

Did I forget some important news? Let the others know in comments! 


Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover