Sam Lin | 1 Jun 07:16 2010
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Re: Could someone test IBUS please?

Hi,

After switching the FORCEIBUS in my enable-ibus.sh from NO to YES it finally works! Thanks heaps Alexander!!

But I still cannot understand why deutsch was installed in my system, coz there's no way I would choose that language, and I'm pretty sure I didn't set any language during my installation...?? Do I have to set anything when installing a new PCBSD system so that iBus works properly once the installation is done?

Thanks

Sam


Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 12:52:31 +0300
From: Alexander Yerenkow <yerenkow <at> uct.ua>
 
I mean, if you have installed PC-BSD in one of these languages, you'll
get Ibus working.
But you have deutsch installation, if I'm not mistaken.
So, you need additional steps to be done to make iBus work:


If you have other language than this, and want to enable ibus anyway, you
can edit file
/usr/local/kde4/env/enable-ibus.sh
and set FORCEIBUS="YES"

Logout-login, and iBus will work.


Hope this will help!
 
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Alexander Yerenkow | 1 Jun 10:20 2010
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Re: Could someone test IBUS please?

01.06.2010 8:16, Sam Lin пишет:
Hi,

After switching the FORCEIBUS in my enable-ibus.sh from NO to YES it finally works! Thanks heaps Alexander!!

But I still cannot understand why deutsch was installed in my system, coz there's no way I would choose that language, and I'm pretty sure I didn't set any language during my installation...?? Do I have to set anything when installing a new PCBSD system so that iBus works properly once the installation is done?

In next versions, we'll make some user-friendly way to enable iBus for any user installed language, so this will be no big problem in future (no more editing system files).
I'm assuming you have installed fresh version, and chose what language? en_us?
Could you try to remember the exact way you were installing PC-BSD, so I'll try to reproduce or investigate why there commented de_DE was, and no correct language.
Thank you.

Thanks

Sam


Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 12:52:31 +0300
From: Alexander Yerenkow <yerenkow-tP94T6BZ4kc@public.gmane.org>
 
I mean, if you have installed PC-BSD in one of these languages, you'll
get Ibus working.
But you have deutsch installation, if I'm not mistaken.
So, you need additional steps to be done to make iBus work:


If you have other language than this, and want to enable ibus anyway, you
can edit file
/usr/local/kde4/env/enable-ibus.sh
and set FORCEIBUS="YES"

Logout-login, and iBus will work.


Hope this will help!
 
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krzysiek | 1 Jun 22:13 2010
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Re: New Snapshot

Hi.
After update from '2010-05-17 x64' to '2010-05-24 x64' system works fine, but some minor problem occured:
1. first i tried to use ati-3d-enable driver, but system hang after i choosed to test it; next time i use 'ati' and it works (funny thing - i have to choose vga driver twice; i suppose that first one was because there wasn't any choosen, seccond because i enabled that option during startup (BTW - it's wery nice that i can in safe mode set graphics driver).
2.  i can't install any pbi files - dolphin ask me which program i want to use to open this file (what  is command to install pbi from shell?)
3. k3b is working now.

More soon.
regards,
krzysiek


'm using 2010-05-17 x64 iso for some time (since 23 may).

Kris Moore wrote:
On 05/25/2010 18:49, Arthur Koziol wrote:
On 05/25/2010 1:29 PM, Arthur Koziol wrote:
On 05/25/2010 10:28 AM, Kris Moore wrote:
The next snapshot is up in the usual place: ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/snapshots/8/ This snapshot fixes the xorg / detection bugs, and also has a number of improvements related to partitioning / upgrades. Known Issues: When loading KDE4, you may get a kwrite error, to fix simply run following command from your homedir: % chmod 755 .kde4/Autostart/setmix.sh Also, there is a bug loading the python printer module, which I may have a work-around to and will work on later this week. FreeBSD 8.1 has hit code-freeze to prepare for 8.1-BETA1 later this week. We'll be doing the same thing, and hope to issue a public PC-BSD 8.1 BETA1 sometime next week, so please keep the bug reports coming in. Thanks!

Kris,

Got the new snapshot installed fresh and found some issues already. Not sure if they're Python related but the error message doesn't seem to be Python related.

1. System Settings > System Manager, Software & Updates, and Service Manager throw the error: Could not find plugin 'System Manager' for application 'systemsettings'Library "kcm-pcbsdsystem" not found

2. System Settings > Password & User Accounts won't launch Run in Administrator Mode

3. System Settings > Firewall won't launch Run in Administrator Mode

4. System Settings > Display > Size & Orientation > Refresh on my monitor defaults to 75Hz but when I try changing to 60Hz, it sets itself to Auto. Setting it back to 75Hz and it stays at Auto. Might be KDE related but though I'd mention it.

More as it comes,
Arthur

One more:

When launching Software Manager on the desktop, after a few seconds it throws an error stating "Error parsing sysupdate.conf!!!"

more as it comes,
Arthur

Thanks Arthur. I've found the problem with most of these, one of our scripts didn't finish properly on this build, will be fixed for BETA1 :)

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Ian Robinson | 2 Jun 15:37 2010
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PCBSD 8-STABLE 20100524 i386 Video & PBI issues

Testing PCBSD 8-STABLE-20100524-i386 on HP Vectra VL400 1.0 GHz, 512
Mb RAM, nVidia Ti4200.

Installation went fine except for:

(1) Video Card Installation -- The installer recognized the card and
reported the correct nVidia legacy driver, but always reported that
the selection had failed.  This was true even with the 1024 x 768
combination.

(2) PBI's did not install when selected as part of the install.

(3) Downloaded PBI's would not install.  If using Dolphin, an "Open
With" selection box pops up requiring the user to associate the file
with a program.  Attempts to install the PBI through a terminal also
failed.

On the bright side, this 9 year old "weak" machine operated faster
with this version than PCBSD 8.0-Release.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio
Jeff | 4 Jun 15:23 2010
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Smokescreen Project Promises ‘Flash Without the Plug-in’

Smokescreen Project Promises ‘Flash Without the Plug-in’


A new open source project converts Flash animations to JavaScript/HTML5 on the fly, allowing them to be viewed in any modern web browser without the use of a plug-in.

The new project is called Smokescreen, and it’s the creation of a programmer named Chris Smoak. Basically, Smoak’s code dissects the SWF binaries (the meat of any Flash animation) and re-renders all the elements as web standards-compliant code as the animation plays. If you’re producing Flash animations, you don’t need to futz with your code or redeploy any SWFs.

There are several demos on Smoak’s site. We like this Strongbad example the best.

Simon Willison, a programmer and blogger, has an excellent high-level technical description of the behind-the-scenes stuff on his website:

Smokescreen runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG. Open up the Chrome Web Inspector while the demo is running and you can see the SVG changing in real time. Smokescreen even implements its own ActionScript bytecode interpreter.

Smoak says he will be releasing Smokescreen under an open-source license soon. For now, we have some pretty slick demos. It’s not perfect, but it’s a clear vision of what a Flash-free future would look like.

Obviously, this bit of code won’t work for Flash videos. But there are already HTML5 workarounds for those. Smoak says his original goal was to build something that would let Flash-based banner ads play on the iPhone and iPad. As noble as those intentions are (cough), the possible use cases for Smokescreen extend beyond advertising.

Once optimized and streamlined, it could be used for games. Willison notes that news site infographics are a juicy target. It could also be used for rendering cartoon-like animations, such as the Strongbad episode in the demo. We’d love to see the classic Sex Slave series, originally built in Flash/Shockwave, reborn in HTML5.

There are concerns about how well Smokescreen will run on mobiles with slower, less-powerful processors. Again, we can expect to see improvements once the code is open sourced. Also, only the latest browsers are invited to the party for now — you’ll need Firefox 3.6, Chrome 5, Safari 4 or MobileSafari to experience the magic. It almost works in Opera 10.5x. IE8 is not supported, but Smoak says IE9 “looks promising.”


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Kris Moore | 4 Jun 11:31 2010

Re: Smokescreen Project Promises ‘Flash Without the Plug-in’

On 06/04/2010 13:23, Jeff wrote:

Smokescreen Project Promises ‘Flash Without the Plug-in’


A new open source project converts Flash animations to JavaScript/HTML5 on the fly, allowing them to be viewed in any modern web browser without the use of a plug-in.

The new project is called Smokescreen, and it’s the creation of a programmer named Chris Smoak. Basically, Smoak’s code dissects the SWF binaries (the meat of any Flash animation) and re-renders all the elements as web standards-compliant code as the animation plays. If you’re producing Flash animations, you don’t need to futz with your code or redeploy any SWFs.

There are several demos on Smoak’s site. We like this Strongbad example the best.

Simon Willison, a programmer and blogger, has an excellent high-level technical description of the behind-the-scenes stuff on his website:

Smokescreen runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG. Open up the Chrome Web Inspector while the demo is running and you can see the SVG changing in real time. Smokescreen even implements its own ActionScript bytecode interpreter.

Smoak says he will be releasing Smokescreen under an open-source license soon. For now, we have some pretty slick demos. It’s not perfect, but it’s a clear vision of what a Flash-free future would look like.

Obviously, this bit of code won’t work for Flash videos. But there are already HTML5 workarounds for those. Smoak says his original goal was to build something that would let Flash-based banner ads play on the iPhone and iPad. As noble as those intentions are (cough), the possible use cases for Smokescreen extend beyond advertising.

Once optimized and streamlined, it could be used for games. Willison notes that news site infographics are a juicy target. It could also be used for rendering cartoon-like animations, such as the Strongbad episode in the demo. We’d love to see the classic Sex Slave series, originally built in Flash/Shockwave, reborn in HTML5.

There are concerns about how well Smokescreen will run on mobiles with slower, less-powerful processors. Again, we can expect to see improvements once the code is open sourced. Also, only the latest browsers are invited to the party for now — you’ll need Firefox 3.6, Chrome 5, Safari 4 or MobileSafari to experience the magic. It almost works in Opera 10.5x. IE8 is not supported, but Smoak says IE9 “looks promising.”



I ran through their site the other day, and it is very impressive work. Works just great in FF 3.6.3 on PC-BSD, much better than linux emulated flash. I'm already having visions of this being turned into a plugin for firefox, so we can just ignore the flash plugin altogether :)

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Dru Lavigne | 5 Jun 21:45 2010
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thoughts on fwbuilder


What are the thoughts of using fwbuilder (http://www.fwbuilder.org) instead of the current GUI for 9.0? I suggest fwbuilder for the following reasons:

- it's mature, well documented, and fairly intuitive for new firewall users
- it means we don't have to create, debug and maintain our own utility (the current GUI is quite buggy)
- it supports pf, ipfw, ipf, iptables, Cisco ACLs, etc. (so people who like ipfw can use it on their PC-BSD system)
- it provides an interface similar to those seen in industry (e.g. Checkpoint), allowing users to learn one tool regardless of operating system or firewall
- the lead developer (Vadim) is responsive to change requests and likes to see fwbuilder being used by BSD users
- the port maintainer (Cy Schubert) is good at keeping the port up-to-date

Thoughts?

Cheers,

Dru
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Kris Moore | 6 Jun 11:17 2010

PC-BSD 8.1-BETA1 - Now available!

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.1-BETA1 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.1-PRERELEASE, and KDE 4.4.4

Version 8.1 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog. Some of the notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.1-PreRelease
  • KDE 4.4.4
  • Numerous fixes to the installation backend
  • Support for creating dedicated disk GPT partitioning
  • Improved ZFS support
  • Bugfixes to desktop tools / utilities

Version 8.1-BETA1 of PC-BSD is available for download from our mirrors. Also, our Pootle Translation page has been updated with the latest strings, translators should now be able to finish localizing PC-BSD into their language.

In order to prepare for 8.1-Release, please report any and all bugs to our Trac Database!

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Kris Moore | 6 Jun 11:18 2010

Re: thoughts on fwbuilder

On 06/05/2010 19:45, Dru Lavigne wrote:
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What are the thoughts of using fwbuilder (http://www.fwbuilder.org) instead of the current GUI for 9.0? I suggest fwbuilder for the following reasons:

- it's mature, well documented, and fairly intuitive for new firewall users
- it means we don't have to create, debug and maintain our own utility (the current GUI is quite buggy)
- it supports pf, ipfw, ipf, iptables, Cisco ACLs, etc. (so people who like ipfw can use it on their PC-BSD system)
- it provides an interface similar to those seen in industry (e.g. Checkpoint), allowing users to learn one tool regardless of operating system or firewall
- the lead developer (Vadim) is responsive to change requests and likes to see fwbuilder being used by BSD users
- the port maintainer (Cy Schubert) is good at keeping the port up-to-date

Thoughts?

Cheers,

Dru

Sounds like a great idea to me. It pretty much works great right now, right? So what would stop us from just switching to it for 8.1 / 8.2? It's just another slave port to add to the build, and sounds like the benefits would be immediate :)

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Dru Lavigne | 6 Jun 15:40 2010
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Re: thoughts on fwbuilder


What are the thoughts of using fwbuilder (http://www.fwbuilder.org) instead of the current GUI for 9.0? I suggest fwbuilder for the following reasons:

- it's mature, well documented, and fairly intuitive for new firewall users
- it means we don't have to create, debug and maintain our own utility (the current GUI is quite buggy)
- it supports pf, ipfw, ipf, iptables, Cisco ACLs, etc. (so people who like ipfw can use it on their PC-BSD system)
- it provides an interface similar to those seen in industry (e.g. Checkpoint), allowing users to learn one tool regardless of operating system or firewall
- the lead developer (Vadim) is responsive to change requests and likes to see fwbuilder being used by BSD users
- the port maintainer (Cy Schubert) is good at keeping the port up-to-date

Thoughts?

Cheers,

Dru

Sounds like a great idea to me. It pretty much works great right now, right? So what would stop us from just switching to it for 8.1 / 8.2? It's just another slave port to add to the build, and sounds like the benefits would be immediate :)

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fwbuilder is stable. If you include the package in a future test build, I'll compile a ruleset that matches pf.conf and send it to you along with a screenshot so you know how the fwbuilder ruleset was created. It is then just a matter of referring to the compiled ruleset in /etc/rc.conf so it is loaded as the default. Users can create as many rulesets as they wish (using pf or ipfw) and load the desired ruleset on demand.  I can add firewall documentation to the User Handbook later this summer.

Cheers,

Dru


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