BSD Magazine – support it

The BSD Magazine has been round for over a year now and has produced some very interesting issues. The editors have now provided a brochure suitable to give away at BSD/Linux events.

Those who’d like to have a look at the magazine without having to commit to a subscription, can now download some articles from the NetBSD issue and the whole OpenBSD-focused issue.

The latest issue is devoted to FreeBSD: A Guide to FreeBSD

Table of Contents:

  • Installing FreeBSD 7.1 with Enhanced Security Jails…
  • OpenSMTPD…
  • Getting a GNOME Desktop on FreeBSD…
  • Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 2…
  • A Jabber Data Transfer Component…
  • Building a FreeBSD Wireless Router…
  • CPU Scaling on FreeBSD Unix…
  • LDAP Authentication on OpenBSD Boxes…
  • FreeBSD and Snort Intrusion Detection System…
  • Building an Embedded Video Web Server with NetBSD…
  • FreeBSD Tips…
  • Maintaining System Configuration Files Using Subsversion…
  • Q&A about Dtrace…

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BSD week – 4 BSD releases

In the last 7 days we’ve seen a new version released by each of the 4 major BSD operating systems: OpenBSD 4.5, NetBSDFreeBSD 7.2 and a “minor” DragonFlyBSD release  (2.2.1).

Who said BSD was dying? Video 1 – “BSD is dying” (2007)  - Video 2 – “BSD is still dying” (2009).

netbsd logoNetBSD 5

NetBSD, well-known for its high portability has arrived at version 5, which has been worked on for about 2 year. This release seems pretty interesting from a performance point of view. It’s claimed that NetBSD 5.0 now outruns NetBSD 4, FreeBSD 7.1 and Fedora 10.

In addition to scalability and performance improvements, a significant number of major features have been added. Some highlights are: a preview of metadata journaling for FFS file systems (known as WAPBL, Write Ahead Physical Block Logging), the ‘jemalloc’ memory allocator, the X.Org X11 distribution instead of XFree86 on a number of ports, the Power Management Framework, ACPI suspend/resume support on many laptops, write support for UDF file systems, the Automated Testing Framework, the Runnable Userspace Meta Program framework, Xen 3.3 support for both i386 and amd64, POSIX message queues and asynchronous I/O, and many new hardware device drivers. [source]

Release Notes  -  NetBSD Website

openbsd logoOpenBSD 4.5

OpenBSD,  renowned for its focus on security (incl OpenSSH), has released version 4.5. The latest version comes with improved hardware support, new tools and functionalities and upgraded ports.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a new release song.

Release Notes  -  OpenBSD website

dragonflybsd logoDragonFlyBSD 2.2.1

The new 2.2 release includes Hammer, a file system that includes instant crash recovery, multi-volume file systems, data integrity checking, fine grained history retention, and the ability to mirror data to other volumes. It has undergone extensive stress-testing and is considered production-ready!

Release Notes  -  DragonFly website

freebsd_logo-100x100FreeBSD 7.2

Read here about the release

7.2 review: improved virtualisation (nixcraft)

FreeBSD link roundup – 28/04/09

FreeBSD

FreeBSD Logo1) Martin Wilke is looking for people to test QT 4.5.1. He also reports he managed to get Firefox 3.1 Beta4 working on FreeBSD. Please test.

2) Ivan Voras has done some virtualised benchmarking of

  • Ubuntu 8.10,
  • FreeBSD 7.1 and
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 beta

on the three currently most prominent virtualisation platforms:

  • VMWare ESX 3.5 U3,
  • Citrix XenServer 5.0 U2,
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2

The results are mostly better then I thought they will be. Especially suprising was FreeBSD’s more than decent performance which actually lead the others in one benchmark…”

… The results show that a wholly-virtualized FreeBSD machine under ESXi was consistently almost as fast as the para-virtualized Xen Linux.


pfSense

pfSense logoAbout a month ago, the pfSense developers gave a sneak preview of the new pfSense dashboard theme. Following feedback and comments, Holger Bauer has now designed a new theme:

Well, after there was not too much love for my last theme I tried to do something more masscompatible this time trying to take all the critics in consideration that I earned so far:

  • less colorful, stick with the original pfSense-colors (grey/red)
  • don’t waste too much space for the header/footer
  • kind of corporate look
  • static menu, that doesn’t scroll away (I guess that at least was
  • something everybody liked about the hackathon theme)
  • more lightweight on graphics
  • So here is what I came up with so far. This is still in the making so (like always) your feedback is appreciated and might influence the final result.

New design here

 

BSD CertificationBSD Certification

Dru Lavigne has an update on the BSDA Exam

The BSD Associate Exam is now over a year old! Here are some interesting
atats so far:

  • 12 Events in all of 2008; 14 events in just the first half of 2009 
  • Over 1000 people have registered for a BSDCG ID (needed to register for an exam)
  • The exam has been held in US, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, France, Denmark, Ukraine, Netherlands, Argentina, and the UK
  • So far, 66 people have passed the BSDA exam and received their certificates
  • Read further

50th BSD video posted on BSDConferences (youtube)

50 BSD related videos have now been uploaded to the BSDConferences channel on Youtube.

The newest 4 videos are :

Murray Stockely has some interesting statistics.

BSD Magazine – Q2 2009 (PC-BSD Uncovered)

A new issue of the BSD Magazine is now available (Q2 2009).

The following is the table of contents:

Installing PC-BSD Fibonacci Edition – Jerry Dixon
Man pages? We don’t need no stinkin’ man pages. I don’t need to show you any man pages. Well, that being said, at least review the hardware requirements prior to selecting your computer platform.

Software management simplfied: PC-BSD and the PBI system – Jan Stedehouder
What is the best way of installing software on a FreeBSD-based system? The FreeBSD handbook doesn’t provide a single answer as both packages and ports have their benefi ts. All you have to do is open a terminal and…

Personalizing Your PC-BSD Desktop – James T. Nixon III
What is the point of having a personal computer if it isn’t personal? The vast amount of possibilities when customizing your PC-BSD desktop can be overwhelming. There are several aspects of PC-BSD that need to be understood before moving forward.

Using FreeBSD for Off-Site Backups – Eric Vintimilla
It is becoming increasingly important for people to have backup systems in place. This is especially true for people who hoard multimedia content. What would happen if someone’s hard drive failed and it contained their entire music library?

Building NetBSD for Embedded Systems Using Cygwin – Donald T. Hayford
You might think it is unusual that a magazine devoted to the *BSD operating systems would have an article about Cygwin, a Linux-like environment that runs on Windows.

ABC’s of ZFS - Amjith Ramanujam
ZFS is a state of the art fi lesystem developed by Sun Microsystems. ZFS was first introduced in the OpenSolaris operating system and was later ported to FreeBSD 7.

Django on FreeBSD – Dan Fairs
Dan Fairs, Director of Fez Consulting Ltd., a UK-based software development consultancy, introduces Django: a web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.

Open Source Studio to Transmitter Link (OSSTL) – Jason Ellison
A local nonprofi t radio station owns a studio that provides feeds for two AM radio stations and one FM radio station. The content provided for the two AM station’s is mostly syndicated talk radio with a very little music content.

PC-BSD – Making Your Life Easier – Matt Olander
Accomplishing common tasks on PC-BSD may be executed effectively and efficiently by using built-in configuration tools and locating system settings that may increase overall usability and performance.

Interview with PC-BSD – Federico Biancuzzi , BSD Team
To celebrate this issue of the magazine fully dedicated to PC-BSD, I had the opportunity to do a quick question and answer session with Kris Moore and Matt Olander.

Green Eggs & BSD… – Mikel King
BSD is here BSD is there, BSD is everywhere. Well not exactly, but there certainly is a proliferation of BSD throughout the Internet. The problem is and quite honestly has been quantifying the impact of BSD on the corporate LAN.

LINKS: Website | Subscription details | Previous Issues

Updated: FreeBSD events and conferences calendar

I’ve updated my FreeBSD Events & Conference Calendar and added:

Did you know being BSDA certified gives you an edge? TAO Security is looking to hire a BSDA certified FreeBSD systems administrator.

If you’re aware of any FreeBSD related events that aren’t listed, please let me know.

BSD Magazine – Issue 3 – January 2009

 bsdmagazine 3The third issue of the BSD Magazine (January 2009) is out now.

More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-to’s and extras. This is the table of contents:

What’s new

6 BSD news

 DVD contents

8 DVD contents description

 Get Started

10 NetBSD install (Patrick Pippen)
16 MirOS BSD: the peaceful operating system (Benny Siegert, Thorsten Glaser)
22 BSD Live CD’s – an entry level acquaintance? (Jan Stedehouder)
28 How it works? Opensolaris, FreeBSD, OpenSuSe (David Gurvich) 

How-to’s

32 Multi-User Conferencing (Eric Schnoebelen, Michelle Cranmer)
38 GDB and you – part 1 (Carlos Neira) 

Security Corner

42 Installing Prelude IDS (Henrik Lund Kramshoj)
46 If it moves! crypt it – hard drive encryption on BSD (Marko Melenovic) 

Advanced

50 Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 1 (Edd Barrett)

MMS

54 Play Music on your Slug with NetBSD (Donald T. Hayford) 

Interview

62 Interview iwth Simon Burge, Antti Kantee, and Greg Oster (Federico Biancuzzi)

Review

65 Dru Lavigne’s The Best of FreeBSD BAsics (Peter N.M. Hansteen)

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