Friday, December 5, 2014

The Aiolos Cluster Project

To Aiolos Cluster Project είναι ένα σχολικό Beowulf Cluster (compute cluster), ένας υπερυπολογιστής που αποτελείται από αρκετά συνδεδεμένα μεταξύ τους κοινά μηχανήματα (PC). Για τη δημιουργία του θα χρησιμοποιηθούν μητρικές mini ITΧ (Atom - Pentium G - Celeron). Φυσικά θα τρέχει FreeBSD και θα χρησιμοποιεί την βιβλιοθήκη OpenMPI. Το ακόμα πιο εντυπωσιακό είναι ότι θα φτιαχτεί ως μια σχολική εργασία!
 Για περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες δείτε την Επίσημη Ιστοσελίδα του Aiolos Project.

Friday, November 14, 2014

FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE LXDE VirtualBox Image

FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE will be soon officially announced. Here is your chance to give it a quick and effortless try. Download a VirtualBox image file:

FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE LXDE VirtualBox Image

Unzip it, and use the "Import Appliance" option of VirtualBox to add the contained .ova file. This image contains a standard FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE install with an LXDE desktop, Chromium, mplayer, vlc and the slim login manager. Everything has been installed using pkg and the standard FreeBSD pkgng repository. You may continue adding more packages as you wish.

There are two accounts, root and user, both with a password of 1234 (which, you are of course, advised to change). And you should only use the user account to login to the GUI. User may also use sudo (already installed and configured).


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE Desktop Installation Guide

Here is a quick guide to installing a FreeBSD Desktop - No prior knowledge required!

Have you always wanted to experiment with FreeBSD? Do you need a guide to get quick results? Download our new FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE desktop installation ebook and you will soon be up and running! Includes the following topics:

  • Installing the Base System: Complete step by step installation with images
  • Updating the Base System: Use freebsd-update to get the latest fixes
  • Configuring pkg: Use packages of the new pkgng system to install software
  • Installing Basic Command Line Tools: Install and configure bash, sudo and other tools
  • Installing and Configuring the Xorg Server
  • Installing and Configuring the XFCE Desktop Environment
  • Installing Applications: Firefox, Chromium, Mplayer, Vlc, LibreOffice
  • Installing and Configuring Java and Flash plugins

Many other settings and configuration examples are provided. Some configuration files are available for download to avoid lengthy and error prone editing.

Download PDF: FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE: Base System to Desktop Environment

The LaTeX source of the guide is also available.

I'll be more than happy to receive your comments and questions.

Happy FreeBSDing!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE with Custom XFCE Packages

FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE has been released a while ago, and it is about time I get my custom version out to the wild! FreeBSD 10 brings on a whole new set of features, among them the new pkgng as the default packaging system. The custom ISO (download links below) will allow you to install an XFCE based desktop that includes lots of goodies for productivity, multimedia and Internet browsing:

The complete list of top level ports used in this compilation is available in the README-PKGNG file of the DVD, along with more detailed installation instructions. A VirtualBox image is also available.

Happy (desktop) FreeBSDing!