Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2007 22:01 UTC, submitted by Oliver
BSD and Darwin derivatives "DesktopBSD 1.6 RC 3 is now available for download from our mirrors or via BitTorrent. This release candidate is considered a large step towards a final release 1.6 with major changes such as: X.Org release 7.2, improving support for modern graphics hardware; NVIDIA graphics driver, providing hardware 3D acceleration for NVIDIA video cards; latest FreeBSD 6-STABLE as base system with High Definition Audio support; support for multiple processors and multi-core CPUs; more up-to-date software packages from the DesktopBSD build servers; many small bug fixes and optimizations. Upgrades from 1.0 and previous release candidates are supported. An additional language CD and 64-bit (AMD64) DVD will be released soon."
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RE: BSD rocks!
by Oliver on Thu 26th Jul 2007 09:55 UTC in reply to "BSD rocks!"
Oliver
Member since:
2006-07-15

I'm sorry so it will never happen. Of course there is work going on in terms of a native Realplayer. But Adobe/Macromedia has no interest in porting Flash to non-hype platforms. Asian-language fonts should be no problem. And virtulization, well, in terms of Vmware ask Vmware. Xen is an on-going project by the way and KVM a SoC project.

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RE[2]: BSD rocks!
by OStourist on Thu 26th Jul 2007 12:18 in reply to "RE: BSD rocks!"
OStourist Member since:
2007-06-19

Well thanks for your comment Olive. I Think
there is a flash-9 player in ports if
I recall and i got it to work in PC-BSD for
about 3 seconds before it crashed ;)
I have heard someone has got flash-9 to work
in linux emulated firefox via greasemonkey extension
and hackery.
So it sounds like Someone is working on it..!
The korean langauge display was a nice touch..It's good
but could be better(www,yahoo.co.kr is a testbed and y the fonts spaghetti across the page)

Another problem is the playing of audio CDs..
Only Amarock could do it and only after I changed the default output engine to oss. Maybe some recompiling
of KDE binaries with freebsd ad not linux alsa is needed?
Overall it seems so far so good though!

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RE[3]: BSD rocks!
by Doc Pain on Thu 26th Jul 2007 22:18 in reply to "RE[2]: BSD rocks!"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"Another problem is the playing of audio CDs.."

For initial checks, you can first ensure

% mixer cd vol 100

and then use

% cdcontrol play

or

% cdcontrol -f /dev/acd0 play 1

if neccessary. Refer to "man cdcontrol" and "man mixer". The program cdcontrol belongs to the base OS and is, along with mixer, a good starting point for diagnostics.

You can use xmms's audio CD player functionality or stick to "old fashioned" tools like xcd.

"Only Amarock could do it and only after I changed the default output engine to oss. Maybe some recompiling of KDE binaries with freebsd ad not linux alsa is needed?"

Uh, this sounds very complicated and should not be neccessary. Honestly, who wants to recompile KDE? If neccessary, use pkg_add -r with the proper package names. The situation you're describing seems to illustrate a problem with KDE and sound. Check basics first.

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RE[2]: BSD rocks!
by psychicist on Thu 26th Jul 2007 16:54 in reply to "RE: BSD rocks!"
psychicist Member since:
2007-01-27

Although I really like BSD and Solaris I mostly run Linux. I have recently ported Slackware to MIPS and am soon going to do a SPARC port and am having the same problems as the BSDs on x86.

In my opinion the only solution is to complete projects such as Gnash and/or BSD/CDDL licensed equivalents to make these platform and architecture dependent binaries obsolete.

While these proprietary companies once had an advancing role for platform uptake they are now mainly a hindrance to the free development and use of platforms and in that respect they are taking choice away from users.

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