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Bordeaux 1.6 For FreeBSD and PC-BSD Released 53

Posted by kdawson
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Tom Wickline writes "Steven Edwards of the Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 1.6 for FreeBSD and PC-BSD today. Bordeaux 1.6 comes with added support for Google's Chrome Web Browser, Google Earth, and Google Picasa. In addition, Cellar support has improved; you can now delete and install into an existing Cellar. There have also been many small bug fixes and tweaks on the backend to improve the speed and reliability of all the supported applications."
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Bordeaux 1.6 For FreeBSD and PC-BSD Released

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  • WTF is this doing on the frontpage? This looks like some proprietary wine ripoff. Don't buy from these, buy from Codeweavers instead!

    (I had guessed that this was posted by kdawson before i looked...)

    • by icydog (923695)
      Actually, this seems to be similar to Winetools. It sounds like it just makes installing stuff easier through a wizard or scripts or some such. People actually pay $20 for that?
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by neowolf (173735)

      I don't think Codeweavers officially supports BSD, which is what this is about.

      I am kind of tired of what amounts to blatant advertising as Slashdot posts though.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      This looks like some proprietary wine ripoff. Don't buy from these, buy from Codeweavers instead!

      a) Codeweavers is a "proprietary wine ripoff", too.
      b) Using the wine sources in accordance with their licence is not a "rip-off"; it's one of the uses the developers intended (had they not, wine would have been under the GPL or a similar licence instead).

      That being said, yeah, I agree that this is a blatant advertising post that shouldn't be on Slashdot at all, let alone on the front page. But I guess in these troubled economic times, kdawson needs any extra income he can lay his grubby little hands on.

    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It's just another slashvertisement, surely you're used to this kind of crap by now?

    • by hedwards (940851)

      Because as everybody knows Codeweavers fully supports FreeBSD 7.x, wait, you say that it's very early stages and doesn't actually run on any of the recent versions?

      Seriously, a lot of people would be more than happy to buy from them if they'd ship something that actually works. Right now most of us would have to dual boot to use a beta version. Which unless I misunderstand the point makes it useless for most people. They may as well just boot into Linux at that point. Or even Windows.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by fgouget (925644)

        Because as everybody knows Codeweavers fully supports FreeBSD 7.x, wait, you say that it's very early stages and doesn't actually run on any of the recent versions?

        Although CodeWeavers doesn't officially support FeeeBSD, we are unofficially relatively active on the FreeBSD front. See bug 16023 [winehq.org] for instance.

        Interestingly, based on the wine-patches.tar.gz [bordeauxgroup.com] posted on Bordeaux's page, they don't use my work, which means they don't work on recent FreeBSD either (or the binaries they distribute don't match the source they publish which would be contrary to the LGPL).

  • by Lord Ender (156273) on Friday January 02, 2009 @10:32AM (#26300049) Homepage

    Unless we are talking about an extremely popular app (Linux, Firefox), the first or second line of the summary should tell what the hell the app is!!

    I am amazed that the slashdot editors still don't get this after so many years.

    • by westlake (615356)
      ...what the hell the app is!! I am amazed that the slashdot editors still don't get this after so many years.

      one wishes the message would get through to the F/OSS developer as well. meaningful and memorable names give your project a leg-up.

    • " Unless we are talking about an extremely popular app (Linux, Firefox), the first or second line of the summary should tell what the hell the app is!"

      Eh, I dunno. I don't know the names of most of the Linux oriented stuff, but as a BSD guy if it says "Bordeaux" and "BSD" in the same line, I know what it is.

      If you make it easier for non-BSD people to understand this stuff maybe the same courtesy could be paid for this so call popular linux app thing as well. Fair is fair?

      I don't even care if it's an ad. I

      • It is a kernel. Just FYI. This would have to be the first time any Slashdot* reader has needed Linux (or BSD) to be defined

        * When I said I used Linux, I once got the response "So, do you really have sex on it?". This was not on Slashdot though

  • I am surprised at how Tom succeeds in writing a blurb that is extremely difficult to understand (unless you already know what's being discussed, which I don't); primarily because, at this level of lack of understanding, I had expected a much higher three letter abbreviation-to-actual word ration. Bravo! ;-)

    Oh, and happy new year, everyone.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by KlaymenDK (713149)

      ...and yes, I do understand that it's a fun pun for a WINE uh...derivative? clone? subcomponent?

      The web site lacks a proper About page, and none of the press release and other stuff really explains what the difference is between this and plain WINE.

    • I am surprised at how Tom succeeds in writing a blurb that is extremely difficult to understand (unless you already know what's being discussed, which I don't); primarily because, at this level of lack of understanding, I had expected a much higher three letter abbreviation-to-actual word ration. Bravo! ;-)

      Oh, and happy new year, everyone.

      What part is hard to understand?

  • A random app released for PC-BSD? Woohoo!

  • Google Earth? (Score:3, Informative)

    by bcmm (768152) on Friday January 02, 2009 @11:03AM (#26300311)
    Google Earth has been written in Qt with a native Linux version for quite some time now. Wouldn't it be easier to use the Linux version? I thought FreeBSD had extensive compatibility layers for running Linux executable built-in, and a Linux Qt application would look and feel more native.
    • by Nerdfest (867930)
      There's a very nice Linux version of Picasa as well.
      • by Nimey (114278)

        Isn't that "Linux" version of Picasa reliant on Wine?

      • by fgouget (925644)

        There's a very nice Linux version of Picasa as well.

        Indeed. It's been ported to Linux by CodeWeavers (working for Google) using Wine.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by cbhacking (979169)

      Google Earth has been written in Qt with a native Linux version for quite some time now. Wouldn't it be easier to use the Linux version?

      Wait, does that actually run now? Last I heard it wasn't even beta quality.

      Also, YMMV but I've had better luck running Windows apps in Wine on Linux than I have running Linux apps (through compatibility) on FreeBSD (even ones that are supposed to work, like Flash).

      • by bcmm (768152)
        Yeah, I use Google Earth regularly and it works just fine for me. The current version for Windows, Mac and Linux is 4.3 now, so the cross-platform 4.x series is no longer unstable.

        There's not really much to go wrong in porting it: the API's it uses are Qt and OpenGL. It's a shame they can't be bothered to put in a couple of days to port it to FreeBSD properly really.

        My only complaint is that they insist on statically linking Qt, which makes GE slower to start and means it won't use the system widget theme
  • Meh. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Deagol (323173) on Friday January 02, 2009 @02:12PM (#26302999) Homepage
    Seems to be an add-on to WINE? This page [bordeauxgroup.com] tells you to install WINE. Then you install Bordeaux. No docs for FreeBSD, as far as I can tell.

    Since it relies on WINE, I guess those of us who run a pure 64-bit environment are still screwed. If I wanted to pay money and be tied to i386, I'd drop my money on Win4BSD -- assuming it works as well as it did on Linux (Win4Lin) when I tried it a few years back.

    It's a bit of a bummer, as FreeBSD's PC emulation options are limited. AFAIK, Qemu is the only viable option right now, but it has known issues with crashing under FreeBSD/amd64 with certain (most) Windows versions. Hopefully VirtualBox will be made to run under FreeBSD in the near future.

    • by cbhacking (979169)

      Thank you. That's the closest I've seen to an actual explanation of WTF Bordeaux is, and I spent several minutes poking around their site. I knew it had *something* to do with Wine, but their site is about the least informative thing I can remember reading recently.

    • Bordeaux runs the same on FreeBSD as Linux, I guess I could add some screenshots of Bordeaux running on FreeBSD.. Oh hold on they are here : http://www.wine-reviews.net/wine-reviews/bordeaux/bordeaux-for-freebsd-coming-soon.html [wine-reviews.net]
      • by Deagol (323173)

        Yes, but since it relies on WINE, it will not be usable by those who run a FreeBSD/amd64 environment due to the fact that WINE itself doesn't run under such an environment.

        I realize that this is a "fault" of FreeBSD, since WINE uses a certain system call that isn't available in 64-bit mode. (Or something like that.) All I know for sure is that 64-bit FreeBSD users have been clamoring for WINE for years, it's a well-known issue, and that a fix is nowhere in sight (probably because the FreeBSD developers --

  • Seems every time a company chooses to support FreeBSD, Linux fanboys come to /. to diss it. Linux fanboys are usually freeloaders, academics, or religious zealots of the Church of Stallman.

    It's very good that there are companies developing for FreeBSD.

    We need to have a software ecosystem from small software houses and I feel this will never happen with linux due to the GPL.

    • Seems every time a company chooses to support FreeBSD, Linux fanboys come to /. to diss it. Linux fanboys are usually freeloaders, academics, or religious zealots of the Church of Stallman..

      I believe most of the comments have been along the lines of "What the hell is Bordeaux?" because the summary doesn't say what it does. As for the "fanboys" (an unfair, derogatory term in this context); Linux users are quite welcome to be "freeloaders" since the software itself is free and code contribution is not a requi

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I don't mind the proprietary Wine vendors. However I am mystified by how they often claim Wine is difficult to install and configure. Any Free/Open Source OS likely already has excellent tools to help users download and install Wine (I know mine does). If that's the only problem these vendors solve then are they just making money off spreading FUD or is there some other force driving their (presumed) profits?

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