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TrueOS 2017-02-22

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TrueOS, which was formerly named PC-BSD, is a FreeBSD-based operating system. TrueOS is a rolling release platform which is based on FreeBSD's "CURRENT" branch, providing TrueOS with the latest drivers and features from FreeBSD. Apart from the name change, TrueOS has deviated from the old PC-BSD project in a number of ways. The system installer is now more streamlined (and I will touch on that later) and TrueOS is a rolling release platform while PC-BSD defaulted to point releases. Another change is PC-BSD used to allow the user to customize which software was installed at boot time, including the desktop environment. The TrueOS project now selects a minimal amount of software for the user and defaults to using the Lumina desktop environment.

Not everything has changed. TrueOS still features many of the same utilities PC-BSD offered, including encrypted removable media, like USB thumb drives, as well as ZFS boot environments. The project, under the new name, still supplies two editions we can download: a Desktop edition and a Server edition. Both editions run on 64-bit x86 computers exclusively. I will be focusing on TrueOS's Desktop offering in this review. The Desktop edition is available through a 2.3GB download. Unlike most Linux distributions, TrueOS offers different downloads depending on whether we intend to copy the installation image to USB or DVD media.

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Akademy 2018 and EuroBSDcon 2017

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KDE
BSD
  • Akademy 2018 Call for Hosts

    Akademy, KDE's annual conference, requires a place and team for the year 2018. That's why we are looking for a vibrant, enthusiastic spot in Europe that can host us!

  • EuroBSDcon 2017 Call for Proposals

    The call for Talk and Presentation proposals period will close on April 30th, 2017.

TrueOS STABLE Update: 4/24/17

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OS
BSD

After testing the UNSTABLE push over the weekend, the devs are happy to release a new STABLE update and installation files today! This update consists of two parts: installer changes for those who install TrueOS fresh, and general updates for systems with TrueOS already installed.

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TrueOS 20170424 Stable Update

Lumina Desktop Gets lumina-mediaplayer

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BSD
  • 1.3.0 Development Preview: lumina-mediaplayer
  • Lumina Desktop Gets Its Own Media Player

    There's now yet another open-source media player, but this time focused on the BSD-focused Qt-powered Lumina Desktop Environment.

    Lumina Media Player is one of the new additions for the upcoming Lumina 1.3. Lumina Media Player's UI is quite simple so far and allows playing of local audio/video files along with basic audio streaming -- currently implemented for Pandora.

Lumina Desktop Environment 1.3 Progress

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BSD
  • 1.3.0 Development Preview: New icon themes

    As version 1.3.0 of the Lumina desktop starts getting closer to release, I want to take a couple weeks and give you all some sneak peaks at some of the changes/updates that we have been working on (and are in the process of finishing up).

    This week’s preview covers the new icon theme which will be distributed/used by default in the upcoming version of Lumina.

    The “material-design-[light/dark]” themes[1] are collections of ~800 SVG icons (each) from the Google “material design” application icon theme[2] plus some of the “Templarian” additions[3] to the material design icon pack.

  • Lumina Desktop Environment 1.3 Preparing For Release

    TrueOS developers continue working on their Lumina Desktop Environment and coming up soon is the v1.3 release of their Qt5-powered desktop environment.

    Lumina 1.3 is releasing soon and the developers have begun delivering weekly sneak-peaks of their progress. In today's preview, they share the work done on their new icon theme.

LLVM Additions

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Development
BSD
  • LLVM-powered Pocl puts parallel processing on multiple hardware platforms

    LLVM, the open source compiler framework that powers everything from Mozilla’s Rust language to Apple’s Swift, emerges in yet another significant role: an enabler of code deployment systems that target multiple classes of hardware for speeding up jobs like machine learning.

    To write code that can run on CPUs, GPUs, ASICs, and FPGAs—hugely useful with machine learning apps—it’s best to use the likes of OpenCL, which allows a program to be written once, then automatically deployed across different types of hardware.

  • Intel Developers Looking To Get Nios II Backend In LLVM

OpenBSD 6.1 Operating System Officially Released, Adds Kaby Lake & ARM64 Support

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BSD

The OpenBSD 6.1 operating system was officially announced today, April 11, 2017, by developer Theo de Raadt. It's a major release that adds support for new platforms, new hardware, and lots of up-to-date components.

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Also: OpenBSD 6.1 RELEASED

[Release of] OpenBSD 6.1

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BSD

This is a partial list of new features and systems included in OpenBSD 6.1. For a comprehensive list, see the changelog leading to 6.1.

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Also: OpenBSD 6.1 Released: ARM64 Platform Support & More

BSD News: ZFS Talk and OpenBSD running on Raspberry Pi 3

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BSD

A Penguin tries out TrueOS, part II

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Reviews
BSD

In the first part of this article I’ve covered system installation, first login and GNOME/XFCE desktop environments usage and I’ve had a brief look at the init system of TrueOS.
In this second part I’m reviewing TrueOS’ most exclusive and distinctive feature, the updates’ management.

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