laffer1 (701823) writes "The latest version of MidnightBSD includes a new package management system based on libarchive and sqlite3. The project has been working on package management since 2007 and finally has a stable release with it. It's a small FreeBSD fork with desktop ambitions.
laffer1 writes "I've been searching for a reasonable laptop for several months. The only thing that comes close is the Mac Book Pro 13", but it won't work due to the OS I intend to run. I need a system with a CPU I can do software development on. The system will be compiling software frequently including large packages like firefox, x.org, kde, etc. I work on a BSD project and need a portable system to work on ports and packages with.
I can get away with 4GB of RAM and a modest CPU supported by open source drivers, but the processor needs to be at least a fast dual core or quad core. An AMD fusion is out of the question as it's terribly slow, worse than the core solo 2.2Ghz intel i have now.
I don't care about brand, drive space need only be 80GB and disk io should be fast (SSD or faster SATA HDD)
Where do people go to find systems like this? Netbooks don't work because of the CPU. I think I fall in the fast/ultra portable space. (if there still is one)" top
laffer1 (701823) writes "BSDCan, one of the largest BSD conventions in North America, starts on May 13 with tutorials beginning today and tomorrow. Developers are coming in from all over the world for the event. WIth 4 of the 7 BSD projects represented, and the distro PC-BSD, it should be an exciting event." Link to Original Source top
laffer1 writes "I'm attempting to setup a dual boot environment on my PC. Previously, I had Windows XP SP2 and MidnightBSD working with System Commander. Today I was able to download a copy of Vista x64 from Technet.
My goal was to wipe the XP partition and install Windows Vista Ultimate x64 without effecting my MidnightBSD install on my second hard drive. After several attempts, I'm left with a non booting system.
So far, I've tried setting up the boot menu using EasyBCD 1.52 from Vista. I tried adding an entry and also using neogrub from the software. After rebooting and trying to boot MidnightBSD, my kernel crashed and my partition table was wiped on the vista drive. (first sata hard disk) I'm not using system commander as its not clear if it will work with 64bit windows.
MidnightBSD and FreeBSD are very similar at this point.
Has anyone successfully dual booted Vista and any BSD? What configuration should I use?" top
laffer1 writes "Detroit's channel 7 (wxyz.com) reported on their webcast that U.S. Senate Candidate Mik Bouchard's website (www.mikeformichigan.com) was "hacked". The site is now down and it is reported that the FBI is investigating. I voted against him, but find this to be quite an unethical attack. The site is still available in google's cache. (http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:gSSzk0KkAfkJ :mikeformichigan.com/+mikeformichigan.com&hl=en&gl =us&ct=clnk&cd=2&lr=lang_en)"
Recently, I was searching the web for websites discussing the differences between Linux and BSD. As a BSD fan, I wanted to make a case with a fair and balanced (not in the fox way) site. I found a website at http://www.over-yonder.net/~fullermd/rants/bsd4linux/09 that has a critical fail in it's discussion. It claims that all video card support is handled by X in UNIX-like operating systems. This is simply not true. 2D and 3D hardware acceleration are in part provided by a kernel interface that allows X to have direct access to memory. In FreeBSD and MidnightBSD, this code is located at src/sys/dev/drm. The BSD community ports this code from the Linux kernel every few years. It's one of the few parts not under the GPL license in the Linux kernel.
As an end user, this means that BSD is always behind Linux on video card support. Combined with binary blob drivers, the Linux community is far ahead of BSD in this regard. Sure, FreeBSD has an nvidia binary blob that's OK, but any other vendor is not supportive of BSD in the same regard.
In the past, this issue was not a big deal because BSD was used on servers. Today, with my project and others such as PC-BSD, it's becoming a bigger issue. With the recent push toward tablets and other portables, Linux is the only option at the moment as the BSD community is significantly behind in this regard. Several of the BSDs support ARM chips, but they don't support the new low power video options in the same way that Linux can.