I blogged before that there were plans of creating a FreeBSD Magazine. Just to let you know that the first issue can be expected around April 2008. It won’t be just about FreeBSD, but also about other BSD OSses, incl. OpenBSD and NetBSD, hence the name BSD Magazine. The website is now live at bsdmag.org. If you want to contribute or find out more about BSD Magazine, visit the website or contact Kate or Caroline.
The FFS File System driver for Windows enables you to read BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD) FFS partitions from Windows 2000/XP/2003.
More info, downloads and source code on this SF site.
Trollaxor has written up an interesting piece about the history and future of the major BSD systems: FreeBSD, netBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD and Darwin.
In the new year the Berkeley Software Distribution family of Unix-like operating systems is growing at a phenomenal rate and excitement over the possibilities for this operating system family is in the air. After unprecedented development and adoption as well as major shifts in the marketplace, it’s time to take a look at what’s new with this demonic family of operating systems.
FreeBSD 5 was the darkest period in this operating system’s history and morale and marketshare were at an all-time low. The problem originated from merging BSD/OS into FreeBSD; though the two systems shared a lot of code, the difference of just a couple years was staggering. FreeBSD’s virtual memory and multi-processing code was immature, while BSD/OS’s libraries were archaic. Mating the two was a mess that cost FreeBSD face and kept users on an older branch from the Nineties, 4.11.
Now, with FreeBSD 7.0b on the horizon promising to wrap it all up, FreeBSD is once again taking the free Unix world by storm. It’s a tight, efficient codebase leveraging the best of BSD/OS, Darwin, and FreeBSD that users have been clamoring for. FreeBSD users and sites now have a shining future ahead of them.
… [discusses NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD & Darwin]
With all of these great improvements to the Berkeley operating system family in the last few years, BSD is clearly where it’s at. Linux is a throwback to when Open Source was a hot buzzword and sharing code was a novel idea. Now, Apple and company use it as standard coding procedure to share and improve the tech they have and leverage their individual strengths.
Even when taking the few commercial Unices that still exist into account, like AIX and Solaris, BSD still owns the arena in its frantic steamroll to the top of the supercomputing mountain. Whether you want the general wholesomeness of FreeBSD, the KGB-like security of OpenBSD, the more experimental NetBSD or DragonFlyBSD, or the utter perfection of Mac OS X, BSD has your bases completely covered with room to grow in the future.
Read the whole article here
As the BSD projects (DragonFlyBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD) have grown in size, a number of persistent myths have grown up around them. Some of these are perpetuated by well meaning but misguided individuals, others by people pursuing their own agendas.
This page aims to dispel those myths while remaining as dispassionate as possible.
- *BSD has a closed development model, it’s more “Cathedral’” than “Bazaar”
- You can’t make your own distributions or derivative works of *BSD
- *BSD makes a great server, but a poor desktop
- The *BSD codebase is old, outdated, and dying
- The *BSD projects are at war with one another, splinter groups form each week
- You can’t cluster *BSD systems (parallel computing)
- There’s no commercial support for *BSD
- There are no applications for *BSD
- *BSD is better than (some other system)
- (some other system) is better than *BSD
I’ve noticed today that BSDstats.org is showing only 1,145 users for FreeBSD and 1,393 for PC-BSD so far this month. Usually the number for FreeBSD is around 4,000 servers/PCs at the beginning of each month, which then climbs up to around 5,000 at the end of the month. Most of these are servers that are on 24/7 so they ping BSDStats.org immediately at the beginning of the month. The number of PC-BSD users tends to go up slowly throughout the month to around 5,000 users. The total of 1,393 PC-BSD users so far this month is possibly correct, but I’m not sure about the 1,145 FreeBSD servers/users.
Anybody aware of any problems or changed scripts?
These are the final BSD usage numbers for December 2007 from BSDstats.org showing the use of *BSD operating systems:
- FreeBSD 5,780 (47.2%)
- PC-BSD 5,506 (44.9%)
- DesktopBSD 745 (6.1%)
- NetBSD 116 (0.9%)
- OpenBSD 61 (0.5%)
- DragonFlyBSD 25 (0.2%)
- MidnightBSD 12 (0.1%)
- MirBSD 6 (0.0%)
- Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 2 (0.0%)
Dru Lavigne has reviewed “The Book of PF – A No-Nonsense Guide to the OpenBSD Firewall“. Peter N.M. Hansteen, the writer, has written this book as an expanded follow-up to his very popular online PF tutorial. PF (Packet Filter) is a robust packet filter that originated in OpenBSD and that has been ported to FreeBSD.
Dru concludes here short review with:
All in all, this book is very readable and a must-have resource for anyone who deals with firewall configurations. If you’ve heard good things about PF and have been thinking of giving it a go, this book is definitely for you. Start at the beginning and before you know it you’ll be through the book and quite the PF guru. Even if you’re already a PF guru, this is still a good book to keep on the shelf to refer to in thorny situations or to lend to colleagues.
Check the book details and other reviews here on Amazon. Recommended Buy.
These are the final figures from BSDstats.org for October 2007 showing the use of *BSD operating systems:
- PC-BSD 7554 (54.2%)
- FreeBSD 5614 (40.3%)
- DesktopBSD 554 (4.0%)
- NetBSD 111 (0.8%)
- OpenBSD 71 (0.5%)
- DragonFlyBSD 21 (0.2%)
- MirBSD 7 (0.1%)
- MidnightBSD 6 (0.0%)
- Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 2 (0.0%)
PC-BSD is #1 for a few months now, but that can be explained since bsdstats pinging is on by default. I’m pretty sure there are many more FreeBSD servers out there, but without the BSDstats port installed. This port can be installed from /usr/ports/sysutils/bsdstats/
Spread the word about this port and install it on your own PC/Server (the pinging is done anonymously).
The BSD Community must be a lot bigger than 13,940 PCs/Servers ;-) Let’s prove how strong the *BSD community is.