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GhostBSD 4.0 Beta 1 Is Not Your Regular BSD Experience

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BSD

The developers of GhostBSD didn't waste any time and released yet another development version, although they are now out of the Alpha stage. Maybe we won't get as many Beta releases so that the final version is not delayed.

According to the changelog, cpio has been replaced with rsync for copying files during the installation, the kernel is now writable on the live DVD, which solves graphic card kernel loading for Intel and ATI, and the base of the distribution, FreeBSD10.0-RELEASE, has been updated to version 10.0-RELEASE-p3.

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DragonFly 3.8, coming soon

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BSD

We're due for the next release of DragonFly, which will be 3.8. If you
have anything you want to get in, do it soon.

Here's my plan:
- Tag 3.8rc this weekend.
- Assuming problems, fix and tag 3.8rc2 and so on.
- Assuming no problems, tag 3.8.0 on June 4th.

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Preview of GhostBSD 4.0

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Reviews
BSD

GhostBSD is a desktop distribution that’s based on FreeBSD. The core developers are from Canada, so I think it ok to call it a Canadian distribution. The only article I’ve written about this distribution was a review of GhostBSD 2.5 back in February 2012 (see GhostBSD 2.5 review). I wasn’t impressed.

But that was then, this is now. The third alpha of what will become GhostBSD 4.0 was released a few days ago. To see how far the distribution has come since the 2.5 edition, I downloaded and installed it from a DVD image in a virtual environment. I’m still not terribly impressed, though I realize the this is only a third alpha release. The following screenshots were taken from that test installation.

This is what the boot menu looks like. This needs to change. Even PC-BSD, another FreeBSD-based distribution, has abandoned this bland boot menu.

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GhostBSD 4.0-ALPHA3 now available

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BSD

After a long awaiting time the third ALPHA build of the 4.0-RELEASE release cycle is ultimately available on SourceForge for the amd64, i386 architectures.

Where to download

The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:
http://www.ghostbsd.org/download-4.0

Changes and problem fixed between 4.0-ALPHA2 and 4.0-ALPHA3 include:

Network after install work on Virtualbox
Added back Wifimgr for better wifi support until Networkmgr work flawlessly
Removed gimp to since Gimp is easily install with sudo pkg install gimp
Removed all software that depend on Nautilus like Rhythmbox and gksu.
Exaile is replacing Rhythmbox
GhostBSD user is now removed after installation.
New experimental look

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GCC vs. LLVM Clang On NVIDIA's Tegra K1 Quad-Core Cortex-A15

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GNU
Graphics/Benchmarks
BSD

Recently I posted new benchmarks showing LLVM's Clang compiler performing well against GCC from AMD's x86-based Athlon APUs with the performance of the resulting binaries being quite fast but not without some blemishes for both of these open-source compilers. In seeing how the compiler race is doing in the ARM space with many ARM vendors taking interest in LLVM/Clang, here's some fresh benchmarks of both compilers on NVIDIA's Tegra K1 SoC found by the Jetson TK1 development board.

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JabirOS 2.0.0 Released as an independent BSD Variant!

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BSD

We’re proud to announce the second release of JabirOS, as a BSD variant. JabirOS isn’t a FreeBSD distribution anymore. This version is a complete and independent fork from FreeBSD 10-RELEASE. Muhammadreza Haghiri, the leader of this project had forked and compiled it, after tests, we have managed to run all of FreeBSD packages for a minimailst and normal desktop computer. Also, we’ve tested some CLI software, for making a little server.
All of our tests were successful, and we’re proud of our new product.

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OpenBSD Affirms That LibreSSL Will Be Portable

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Security
BSD

In the fallout from the OpenSSL heartbleed bug, OpenBSD developers forked OpenSSL into LibreSSL. Initially the only supported platform for LibreSSL was OpenBSD, but the BSD developers are pushing harder now for platform portability.

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ZFS on Linux

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Linux
BSD

How ZFS on Linux compares to ZFS on Illumos or FreeBSD

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OpenBSD 5.5 "Wrap in Time" Arrives with a Fix for the Infamous Year 2038 Problem

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BSD

OpenBSD is one of the few projects that manage to stick to a specific release schedule, so a new version of this operating system is usually made available twice a year. The previous OpenBSD release was on November 3, which means that now it's time for another one.

This is not your average operating system. It's mostly used by people who know what they are doing. It's not easy to install and it's not easy to get a friendly desktop environment ready for use. This being said, users need to be sure before getting involved with OpenBSD.

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PC-BSD Is Developing Its Own Desktop Environment

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Development
BSD

Right now Lumina is considered in an early alpha state but is now found within PC-BSD's ports/package repositories. Lumina aims to be lightweight, stable, and fast-running. Most of the Lumina work is being done by PC-BSD's Ken Moore.

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