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#1 2015-05-01 23:23:57

vendion
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Status of the project

Hello everyone!

First of all hopefully this is the correct place for this post.  I'm really excited to see that archBSD exists, as a fan of both ArchLinux and FreeBSD, I figured I would try this out.  Clicking through the site there are a couple of things that I noticed.  There seem to be a couple of dead/bad links on the site.

Those plus the fact there wasn't an announcement hasn't been posted to the front page since September makes me wonder how active this project is.  Going through the packages list I saw that one of the packages that I would be using on the system is out of date and currently orphaned, and I wouldn't mind taking a stab at trying to update it but a bit concerned by my inability to access either the mailing list or the IRC channel page on the wiki to see how I should go about doing that.  I managed to stumble upon the ArchBSD GitHub Org via a Google search, so should  fork the ABS repo update the PKGBUILD file and submit a pull request is that the best way to update packages that are in the repo?

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#2 2015-05-02 16:17:16

KJ
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Re: Status of the project

I am also interested in supporting the project (I just found it yesterday, after having a similar idea myself) if it is still active. I have the same questions as vendion.

I'm posting this to just affirm that there is certainly interest in this project.

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#3 2015-05-02 20:21:44

steelcowboy
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Re: Status of the project

I've always wanted to try BSD (was having difficulty with FreeBSD and gave up) but have been using Arch for almost a year now and absolutely love it! If this project is still alive and well I'd absolutely love to try it out, would help me take a step into the BSD world!

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#4 2015-05-03 13:57:24

vendion
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Re: Status of the project

I found the IRC channel at least, #archbsd on Freenode, and posted a link to this thread there hopefully someone there can respond.

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#5 2015-05-03 16:40:27

KJ
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Re: Status of the project

vendion wrote:

I found the IRC channel at least, #archbsd on Freenode, and posted a link to this thread there hopefully someone there can respond.

That's good.

The ISO can be downloaded from ftp://archbsd.net/iso/2014-09-04/ for those of you that do not know how to circumvent the broken link. The FTP server that /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist uses is still up too, and has been updated since the latest ISO (which was in 2014). I considered uploading an updated ISO, but only about 90mb in packages have changed since then, so it's not worth the effort at this point.

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#6 2015-05-05 18:09:35

vendion
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Re: Status of the project

KJ wrote:

I considered uploading an updated ISO, but only about 90mb in packages have changed since then, so it's not worth the effort at this point.

Seeing as how small the ISOs are, and considering installing archBSD works like installing Archlinux I don't think updating the ISO for that would be worth the effort.  When doing an install the packages gets pulled from a mirror anyways so the installed system will have the latest packages regardless of how old the installer is.

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#7 2015-05-07 11:29:57

Amzo
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Re: Status of the project

The website never really got fixed or updated as we spent time creating the packages for a usable system and figured this was more important than working on a website, and having the project in an unusable state.

Now that the packages are ready. We're going to focus on fixing the website and our infrastructure. but this means packages versions lag behind considering it's only a few people who packages.

Then we have documentation to complete as well as bringing the packages up to date and keeping them up to date. So there are a lot of issues still, it's just getting time to getting them resolved.

There will be a new iso soon which uses openrc instead of the freebsd-init. The new iso is mostly due to the pacman update causing incorrect database versions when doing a clean install. It's only a mild inconvenience having to run pacman-db-update after a new install though. And core was update a month or so ago to freebsd 10.1 as well as new core packages.

Most information is posted directly to irc such as when a new package is uploaded. The status of the repository and any new git commits.

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#8 2015-05-19 16:51:43

rianav
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Re: Status of the project

Hi,
Any ETA on the new iso/img?  Excited to try out openrc!
Thanks.


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#9 2015-05-20 08:23:16

Amzo
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Re: Status of the project

I've been updating the iso creation tool and it's ready to push out a new iso with openrc. Though, while we're changing names. I decided to wait so I can correct the name on the ISO. There are still some minor issues with openrc that need worked out. Networking works, and most packages have services files. There are still problems with ZFS not umounting correctly during shutdown. Or PID files being left that aren't cleared. Also it doesn't seem to load the correct mouse drivers during boot and needs to be loaded in /etc/conf.d/modules. UMS should be handled by devd and loaded. I haven't found out exactly what's going on here. Though, even with minor issues, it's in an overall working state better than what it previously was.

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