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The first new post is here
We moved everything over to blogger because unlike wordpress, blogger allows AdSense. This will help generate ad revenue, so please visit the ads.
I am highly considering moving the blog over to Blogger. This will allow me to run AdSense and hopefully garner some ad revenue. WordPress doesnt allow AdSense to be used.
PC/OS OpenServer System is by far the most popular release and some have asked “You spend so much on the desktop what about server.” While yes, a majority of my forum users are desktop users that does not mean I dont focus on the server. The reason server has been so quiet is because of the audience and because lets face it, server systems are mostly untouched and dont get updated a lot. I still have many server users who still use PC/OS Server System 7.10. Nonetheless I work with a lot of my local server users and here are some changes coming down the pipe for OpenServer System.
Encryptfs will be added, this helps with users who want encrypted filesystems. A full tutorial will be posted in the howtos’s
All updates and app updates will be added. The mono environment will be added as well,
EBox may replace webmin. Its being thourougly tested right now.
The official name will be PC/OS OpenServer System 2008u3 as in update 3.
Opera will be replaced with Firefox.. This is per user request.
Since very little is changing in the way of core system an update pack will be offered for this release.
Now a new addition.
PC/OS Virtual Machine. PC/OS Virtual Machine is a distro that has only one purpose. To be a host for virtual machines, yes I have had a request for this and several of my Server users do strip OpenServer System and install Xen, this will be easier for them to manage and to deploy. The reason it doesnt have a release integer is because this release is not meant to be updated as much as the other releases. Just a note, the guest systems will need to be updated. PC/OS Virtual Machine will only be updated when a new LTS is released. It wont have a web browser or any client apps installed by default so it will be extremely small and fast. Of course when a critical fix is needed you can get it through Synaptic. Its based on OpenServer System.
This will be released around the end of October
One of the things people have come back at me with is that the UI for PC/OS is solid enough. So what about the command line? When a user types delete filename what happens? Absolutely nothing. What about if they type get-process, what happens? not a thing. Why cant I type install package name and nothing happens. How about a dumbed down command line. Well folks, I have set about to do this. Im not recreating another shell just doing something to dumb down the command line a bit.
Ok Im back online. I made one little change to network manager and it was ass raping me. It didnt like that change at all, oh well everythings back up and kosher now. No, to probably many question “did you have to reinstall” no I didnt.
This weekend, the third to the 6th I wont be on at all. Im upgrading hardware and I wont be on. The build machines for insiders wont be online either.
There a a couple of kernel and support package updates to PC/OS coming.
Most notable is the inclusion of VLC 0.9.3
PPPoE now included
The broadcom firmware updates
Floola replacing GTKPod *
There are a couple of more changes in the works and right now they are being ironed out so stay tuned.
* Floola is replacing GTKPod because not only does it work with all iPods, it is constantly updated.
PC/OS will have the new VLC. I started getting e-mails from my users last night that they wanted VLC 0.9.3 so I spent my saturday compiling and creating a deb package, I may release the deb package. It was a rough build so if you have PC/OS OpenWorkstation all dependencies may be satisfied, under OpenDesktop they may not be so use at your own risk. Here is a screenshot of it running playing a WMV file.