FreeBSD First Quarter 2014 Status Report

The developers of FreeBSD have just released their status report updates for the first quarter of 2014. There have been many notable changes within the last 4 months. The following list from the status report outlines some of their major achievements:

  • Ports team released their landmark first quarterly “stable” branch
  • FreeBSD continues to grow on the ARM architecture, now running on an ARM-based Chromebook
  • SMP is now possible on multi-core ARM systems
  • bhyve, the native FreeBSD hypervisor, continues to improve
  • An integral test suite is taking shape, and the Jenkins Continuous Integration system has been implemented
  • FreeBSD patches to GCC are being “forward-ported”, and LLDB, the Clang/LLVM debugger is being ported
  • Desktop use has also seen improvements, with work on Gnome, KDE, Xfce, KMS video drivers, X.org, and vt, the new console driver which supports KMS and Unicode
  • Linux and Wine binary compatibility layers have been improved
  • UEFI booting support has been merged to head
  • The FreeBSD Foundation continues to assist in moving FreeBSD forward, sponsoring conferences and meetings and numerous development projects

To see a detailed report from each team and developer, head on over to this link: https://www.freebsd.org/news/status/report-2014-01-2014-03.html

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FreeBSD Journal Issue #2

FreeBSD Journal has just released their second issue available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Issue #2 will discuss Poudriere, PBI Format, hwpmc, as well as Journaled Soft-updates.

 

Check out this link for more information on the FreeBSD Journal itself: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/journal

Full blog post can be found here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/04/freebsd-journal-issue-2-is-now-available.html

pfSense 2.1.2 release & updates

pfSense has released version 2.1.2 which addresses the known Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, as well as some minor fixes.

Download the latest release here: https://www.pfsense.org/download/index.html

In other news, pfSense has released information regarding m3.medium and m3.large Amazon EC3 instances:

The Netgate pfSense® marketplace AMI can run on the new m3.medium and m3.large instance types with significantly lower AWS usage charges than on the previously available m3.xlarge instance type.

The existing user guide now has a section that mentions “Protecting a private network in VPC”, or you can just read the new section on using VPC with pfSense.

For more blog notes check out the original posts here: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1253 and https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1232

FreeBSD Foundation: Spring Fundraising Campaign

The FreeBSD Foundation has just released news regarding their Spring Fundraising Campaign:

We’re kicking off our Spring Fundraising Campaign! Our goal this year is to raise $1,000,000 with a spending budget of $900,000. As we embark on our 15th year of serving the FreeBSD Project and community, we are proud of how we’ve helped FreeBSD become the most innovative, reliable, and high-performance operating system. We are doing this by:

  • funding development projects,
  • having an internal technical staff available to work on small and large projects, fixing problems, and areas of system administration and release engineering,
  • providing legal support,
  • funding conferences and summits that allow face-to-face interaction and collaboration between FreeBSD contributors, users, and advocates,
  • and advocating for and educating people about FreeBSD by providing high-quality brochures, white papers, and the FreeBSD Journal.

Head on over to this link to make a donation to the FreeBSD Foundation: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/

For more information about the fundraising campaign, head on over to the FreeBSD Foundation blog over here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/04/freebsd-foundation-spring-fundraising.html

FreeBSDnews.net now part of the iXsystems family

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