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Quick tip: Updating FreeBSD with freebsd-update

The freebsd-update application is a great tool for updating or upgrading quickly.  It’s quite easy to use and other functionality, too.  You should always update if there are any FreeBSD security issues that affect your configuration.

First you want to run the following commands as root:

# freebsd-update fetch && freebsd-update install

Then, if all goes well you want to reboot:

# reboot now

And your update is completed!  Make sure everything starts up that should and works as you expect it to.  This process is easier than building from source, but you don’t get the same performance increase.

For virtual images and lower end computers it may be more advantageous to build the entire OS or at least the kernel from source and reduce unnecessary functionality.

May 23, 2010 • Tags:  • Posted in: Howto • 3 Comments

Using open source solutions in small business

Now that Linux is no longer a new word in the small business vocabulary it’s time to consider where it may fit in to your company.  Running a small business has a lot to do with managing resources efficiently and enhancing productivity wherever possible.  Open source software can help.

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May 6, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Opinion • No Comments

Winetricks for adding dependencies in Wine

Learning how Wine allows emulation of Windows works under FreeBSD can be a task in of itself, let alone installing applications.  Winetricks is a script aimed at making the installation of Windows dependencies a much easier task.

According to http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks the script is maintained and hosted by DanKegel at http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks. Right-click on that link and use ‘save as’ to save a fresh copy. Or you can get it from the commandline with the command:

wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks

I’ve been using Winetricks and thought it would be worth sharing for anyone else who’s yearned for an easier way to manage the dependencies in wine.

February 7, 2010 • Tags: , , , , , • Posted in: Howto • No Comments