[PC-BSD Support] Data-swapping with Windows

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.com
Mon Feb 22 12:45:14 PST 2010

On 02/22/2010 15:02, Christian Baer wrote:
> Hello Folks!
> After working with FreeBSD for several years (sind version 3.something),
> I thought I'd give PC-BSD a shot. FreeBSD and I weren't always best
> friends (which started mainly after 5.0), but we got along somehow. :-)
> FreeBSD works on the Desktop but setting it up is a pain - as Kris said
> quite correctly in several presentations all around YouTube. I have
> often tried to set up a workstation using FreeBSD and found myself
> resolving and cursing over dependency issues. This happened partly
> already during setup but really killed the fun when I tried to update
> some app over the ports. When I got it to work, I had a lot of fun
> cutting off all the leaves that were required at compile-time but not at
> run-time.
> That reminds me, do the ports work when you build anything with the -j 2
> option? I haven't tried that for something like two years. :-)
> There is one function I need, that somehow has made me stick to Windows
> or Linux on the Desktop. I need to exchange data between several
> Windows-boxes and my workstation via encrypted file-systems. Basicly
> this means, using some sort of USB-drive with encrypted data. Under
> Windows, Truecrypt pretty much is the software of choice, which also
> runs under Linux.
> Somehow I am missing such an option under xBSD. Or am I just missing the
> solution here?
> Exchanging data with Windows-systems is regarded as usefull and
> necessary, which is proven by the capability of most OSs to read and
> write the Windows file-systems (FAT and NTFS). In times where
> cryptography is pretty much commonplace, the wish to do the same with
> encrypted filesystems doesn't seem that far fetched.
> Is this somehow possible with PC-BSD or is it something that I can keep
> on wishing for until kingdom come? ;-)
> Regards,
> Chris

It may be possible to bring over truecrypt, since they are open-source I 
may be able to create a FreeBSD port of it. I'm going to download a copy 
of it and start hacking away, see how much work it would be to port it 
over. Hopefully since its on Linux now, it'll be just minor fixes :)


Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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