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Lumina Desktop 0.8.7 Released

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It is my great pleasure to announce the release of version 0.8.7 of the Lumina Desktop Environment! This version includes a massive number of changes from the previous version. Here are some of the highlights.

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  • PC-BSD's Lumina Desktop 0.8.7 Released With Many Changes

    The PC-BSD developers working on their Lumina Desktop Environment have released Lumina 0.8.7 on Monday.

  • Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Brandon Mercer

    I really enjoyed the experience when I first tried OpenBSD. Someone suggested it to me because I said I was concerned about security. The installation was painless and what was being advertised in the documentation is what was there. I really have grown to appreciate accurate documentation. It’s a very good indicator of a projects overall health. If their guides are wrong, you can imaging how terrible the rest is. My first install was around 1999 when I was in college. At the time I was studying engineering, but my roommate was a computer science major so I had a ton of exposure to other stuff.

GhostBSD 10.1: Ghost in the machine

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I like the GhostBSD project and its goal. I think, in the past, there has generally not been enough work done to make FreeBSD a good operating system for desktop use. FreeBSD works well in the role of a server operating system, it's stable, fast and the project evolves in such a way that it is fairly easy to upgrade a FreeBSD system over time. However, FreeBSD (while it can be used as a desktop operating system) lacks many of the characteristics one might want on the desktop, such as a graphical installer, multimedia support, a graphical package manager and an attractive, pre-configured desktop environment. While these features can be added or enabled on FreeBSD, most users will want those tools to be in place and to just work right from the start.

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FreeBSD Makes Strides On Bhyve, UEFI+ZFS, Open-Source OpenCL

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The FreeBSD 2015'Q3 quarterly report has been issued to recap the latest activity happening for this popular BSD project.

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Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Ted Unangst

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BSD

A friend introduced me to OpenBSD about 15 years ago. At first I was just fooling around with it, and dual booting as necessary, but once I started using it as a server, I didn’t want the embarrassment of downtime whenever I had to reboot. Then I figured out I could write papers using WordPerfect (via Linux emulation) and stuck with OpenBSD full time.

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Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Landry Breuil

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BSD

Landry, 33, living on the countryside in the middle of france, avid motorbiker/road-tripper, working on GIS databases, aerial pictures, storage infrastructure and building geographical web services for the public agencies in my area.

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Leftovers: BSD

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Arch Linux With The FreeBSD Kernel Seems To Have Somewhat Stalled

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BSD

Arch BSD / PacBSD is a project based on Arch Linux and using its Pacman package manager but replaces the Linux kernel with the FreeBSD kernel. PacBSD is similar in concept to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD that uses Debian's user-land but with the FreeBSD kernel. Arch BSD was renamed to PacBSD earlier this year to avoid any potential trademark issues.

While PacBSD was active as of a few months ago and there's still Git work happening, there's been nothing major to report now in some time. In fact, the PacBSD ISOs haven't been re-spun in more than one year now. Trying to access the PacBSD mailing lists also appear down. There also doesn't appear to be any package updates since July.

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OpenBSD Interviews

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  • Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Dmitrij D. Czarkoff

    In 2005 I tried OpenBSD for the first time. I still recall how I was impressed by the fact that I only needed ifconfig (as opposed to ifconfig, iwconfig and wpa_supplicant on Linux) to configure my wireless network card.

  • Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Marc Espie

    Funny story actually. It was about 20 years ago, and I didn’t have any Internet access at home. I wanted to play with some Unix on my home Amiga, as I didn’t have root access on the suns at University. Getting anything on my Amiga was complicated, as I had to transfer everything through floppies. Turned out OpenBSD was the only OS with sane and clear instructions. NetBSD gave you so many different choices, I couldn’t figure out which one to follow, and Linux was a jungle of patches.

  • W^X enabled in Firefox port

    After recent discussions of revisiting W^X support in Mozilla Firefox, David Coppa (dcoppa@) has flipped the switch to enable it for OpenBSD users running -current.

Leftovers: BSD

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  • Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Vadim Zhukov

    I’m a 30 years old programmer/sysadmin with wide range of interests from Moscow, Russia. I’m working in IT industry for about half of my life, and last few years I’m also a freelance teacher at Moscow State University of Information Technologies, Radiotechnics and Electronics (ex. Moscow State Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation). I have a daughter (best one in the world, of course), which was born at October, 18 – you may call this a Fate. Smile

  • EuroBSDCon 2014 Videos Online

    No, that's not a typo; the videos for EuroBSDCon 2014 are finally online.

  • Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Ingo Schwarze

    Since 2001, so for almost three quarters of its history by now. Originally, it was pure chance. A coworker who used to run various Linux distributions repeatedly got his boxes rooted. Instead of properly securing them, he proposed to try OpenBSD. I said i didn’t care much which system he used. At that time, i was used to working on many different Unix and Unix-like systems (DEC OSF/1, Ultix, HP-UX, AIX, SuSE Linux, Debian GNU/Linux …) and OpenBSD looked like just another Unix-like system, so why not.

  • Linux Top 3: Robolinux 8.2, Bodhi Linux and OpenBSD 5.8

    Lots of changes debut in the new OpenBSD 5.8 release including some interesting security updates.

  • Microsoft taps open source LLVM compiler for cross-platform .Net

    Consider the LLILC project. Rather than reinvent the wheel, Microsoft's new compiler for its CoreCLR .Net runtime leverages an existing cross-platform compiler framework: LLVM. Now six months into the project, its maintainers -- a foundation comprised largely but not exclusively of folks from Microsoft -- reports "great progress" with LLILC, but also "much still to do."

An OpenBSD History Lesson to Mark the Open Source OS's 20th Birthday

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BSD

OpenBSD, the open source Unix-like operating system that today mostly lives in Linux's shadow, turns 20 this month. To mark the occasion, here's some historical background on one of the only major "open source" operating systems to have survived without embracing the GNU GPL license.

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Over the last 19 years, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has been the steward of the Open Source Definition (or OSD), establishing a common language when discussing what it means to be an Open Source license, and a list of licenses which are known to be compatible with the OSD. This is taken to its logic next step this year, with the OSI providing a machine readable publication of OSI approved licenses at api.opensource.org. This will allow third parties to become license-aware, and give organizations the ability to clearly determine if a license is, in fact, an Open Source license, from the authoritative source regarding Open Source licenses, the OSI. Read more