[PC-BSD Testing] PC-BSD 8.1 RC1 - thoughts and ideas

Gerard van Essen gvanessen at gmail.com
Sun Jul 11 22:25:08 PDT 2010

On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 7:31 AM, Yuri Momotiuk <yurkis at gmail.com> wrote:

> Lots of good ideas here and important fixes to improve PC-BSD, however what
>> it always comes down to is time and manpower. Obviously if I could fix every
>> single thing here in the next few weeks / months / year I would. But that's
>> just not realistic at this point, so instead for each major & point release
>> I try to identify a few key areas which need improvement and work on those,
>> get them done and then move on.
>> This is open-source though, so if anybody has a particular key area they
>> want to see improved, then by all means get hacking. If enough people take
>> on just a single task we can start to make a dent in a lot of these things
>> rather quickly. I've just setup our TODO list for 9.0 which is about a year
>> out, with some of the big issues I have on my plate to start fixing:
>> http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/PC-BSD_9.0_TODO
>> Feel free to add yourselves to the list with goals to have done for 9 or
>> e-mail me if you want to discuss any other specific ideas to work on. If you
>> want to work on something FreeBSD specific, like laptop suspend / sleep /
>> resume then we can probably point you in the right direction :)
> I have some ideas for implementation:
> Easy tasks:
> 1. Develop application which shows list of computer hardware and possible
> shows hardware capability with FreeBSD / PC-BSD. That can be used by user in
> LiveCD mode before actually install.
> 2. Develop small console /ncurses/ tool that can be run from loader menu
> and restore bootloader (after windows install for example)
> 3. Add Kernel modules GUI to system manager.
>     GUI for load / unload kernel modules and optionally add them to
> loader.conf
> 4. Add sysctl GUI to system manager.
>     GUI for editing sysctl variables and optionally add  that values into
> sysctl.conf
> More difficult:
> 5. Add GUI for ports and packages into application manager
> 6. Test and possible use full graphical bootloader menu (see
> http://wiki.freebsd.org/OliverFromme/BootLoader )
> Difficult:
>  7. Develop kernel module for splash screen with animation / loading
> progress support
> Also:
> 8. Wold be great to develop Bluetooth GUI
> Now I have things about 'Easy' tasks development but I have not time now
> and I have poor Qt experience. So at now it is only ideas.
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