FreeBSD

FreeBSD-specific KDE things

Plasma 5.12 on FreeBSD

“Of course it runs FreeBSD, too” is something I said a lot in the past week (regarding the Pine64, mostly, but also about my Slimbook). I also said “Of course it runs on FreeBSD, too” a lot. Naturally area51, the unofficial KDE-FreeBSD ports tree, contains the latest in released KDE software. Plasma 5.12 and KDE […]

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Virtual Machines with ZFS Volumes

My main workstation runs FreeBSD; my work on Calamares is all Linux, so I use a lot of virtual machines and do a lot of disk-swapping. My tool of choice is VirtualBox, which is really darn useful for running complete desktop environments. But I’ve just added a new item to my toolbox. It’s called vzvol. A […]

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A Fistful of Ports Updates

Here’s a list of KDE-related stuff (mostly official FreeBSD ports) the KDE-FreeBSD team handled recently. You could call it “a week in the life of some packagers”, packagers who are also otherwise busy with $work-work. Updated otter-browser (a Qt webengine-based browser) to latest version 0.9.94 Added a GTK QPA Updated latte-dock to latest released version […]

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Qt 5.9 on FreeBSD

Tobias and Raphael have spent the past month or so hammering on the Qt 5.9 branch, which has (finally!) landed in the official FreeBSD ports tree. This brings FreeBSD back up-to-date with current Qt releases and, more importantly, up-to-date with the Qt release KDE software is increasingly expecting. With Qt 5.9, the Elisa music player […]

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Auditing Licenses in KDE Frameworks FreeBSD Packaging

FreeBSD is getting more serious about license metadata in the packages produced by the project — that is, the binary distribution of software produced from licensed source code. A lot of software in FreeBSD “proper” is (naturally) BSD-licensed, and a lot of Free Software packaged by FreeBSD is (also naturally) GPL licensed. But the different licenses carry different obligations, so […]

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Sayonara

Not goodbye, but hello to a new music player on my desktop. It is already packaged for FreeBSD and has a long development history. Music players stand or fall per individual user whether they satisfy the user’s needs — no duh there, but it means I should note what my use cases are before enthusing about some music player […]

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CMake 3.10 on FreeBSD

The CMake port on FreeBSD is in the hands of the KDE-FreeBSD folks (since KDE was an early adopter), and generally it falls to me to do the CMake update while Tobias is still wrestling with Plasma and Raphael massages Qt 5.9 into our way of building. 3.10 was released five weeks ago, and it took […]

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Switched to Plasma 5

I’ve switched to using Plasma 5 as my daily (work) desktop. “So what?” you say, since Plasma 5 has been available since July 15th, 2014. Yep, more than three years on the desktop — see Sebas’s blog for some history. So I’ve finally switched my FreeBSD desktop machine, as a sign that Plasma 5 really is coming closer to the […]

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New FreeBSD Committer

I’ve been part of the KDE Community for over 15 years .. maybe 20. I started with Red Hat Linux, and then ran Yellow Dog Linux with KDE on my work desktop; probably KDE 1.1.2. But mostly I was one of the FreeBSD and Solaris people. I packaged KDE for Solaris on big Sun iron […]

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Randa Approaches

Later this week, I’m leaving for Zurich, and from there I’ll take the train up to Randa (up, in the sense that I live at sea level, and Randa is the length of one million micro-SD cards laid end-to-end higher). In Randa, I’ll be working as a KDE developer, and as a Calamares developer, and […]

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