Interesting FreeBSD related projects: FreeWDE, mfsBSD and easyBSD

Every now and then when browsing the web and hopping from one link to another you sometimes come across some interesting little projects. Recently I’ve found the following three that I want to share with you:

FreeWDE – http://rop.gonggri.jp/?p=269

FreeWDE is a “minimal install” FreeBSD image that you can write to a USB stick or SD-card. When booted from, FreeWDE will ask some questions and then create an AES-256 encrypted partition on the same device. It will then copy the operating system there. You call tell FreeWDE to additionally install an unencrypted FAT32 (Windows) partition which will make a USB stick or SD-card seem like a normal storage device to Windows or Mac machines. It can hold your camera’s pictures or be used for files that you want to move in and out of an offline encrypted system. You can set sizes for all these partitions as well as for the encrypted swap. You can also opt to mount /tmp and /var/log as tmpfs ramdisks.

mfsBSDhttp://mfsbsd.vx.sk/

This is a set of scripts that generates a bootable image (and/or ISO file), that creates a working minimal installation of FreeBSD.

easyBSDhttp://www.fbsd-dev.org/v2/

EasyBSD is a FreeBSD Post Installation script. Now I can imagine you are asking yourself, ‘What does that mean?’ EasyBSD is a modular automation script designed to assist in the extensive post installation process that is required in FreeBSD. The following are modules that are included with EasyBSD, Checks, Update, Security, Networking, Firewall, Recommended Ports, Tips and Tweaks, Daemon, and Universe.

Are you aware of, or are you working on anything FreeBSD related that you want to share with the BSD Community? Why not announce it on this site?

One thought on “Interesting FreeBSD related projects: FreeWDE, mfsBSD and easyBSD

  1. Hubert Tournier says:

    Hello,

    We are working on a “Virtual Private Cloud Computing” solution designed around a minimal FreeBSD installation, with VirtualBox as virtualization engine.
    See: http://www.projet-hev.org/fr/

    The component that we use to automatically build & configure FreeBSD, called “Configurateur FreeBSD” seems to be quite similar with EasyBSD (but it is intended to work in a batch/bulk non interactive way).

    One other component called “Générateur FreeBSD” builds custom raw disk images automatically from parameters gathered on a web interface.

    These images can then be installed on a local or remote (dedicated) server using a method that we call “Virtual-to-Remote-Physical” (V2RP).
    See: http://www.frbsd.org/fr/dedibsd/index.html

    Thus we can convert dedicated servers anywhere to be nodes of our private cloud.

    We are currently writing some documentation for this. Unfortunately for our english readers, these materials are written in french and we have no plan yet to provide english translations (but Google can offer some little help for that in the meantime).

    Best regards,

    Hubert

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