Ghosts in the machine: GhostBSD 3.5

ghostbsd_logoJesse Smith has reviewed GhostBSD 3.5 in a feature story on Distrowatch and he likes what he has seen and used so far.

I was fairly happy with my experience with GhostBSD this week. In the past I have enjoyed GhostBSD because of the project’s ability to showcase what a FreeBSD-based operating system looks like running on a live disc with a functional desktop environment. There are not a lot of live discs available in the BSD communities and I was happy to see GhostBSD take on the challenge.

An interesting comment in the article (please don’t start a flamewar here ;-) is, that the more exciting developments these days seem to be happening in the BSD world. Think of ZFS, PKG-NG, Jails etc:

The second reason for my shift in focus is I feel the BSD communities, especially the FreeBSD-based projects, are where the interesting developments are happening these days. Over in FreeBSD land we have efficient PBI bundles, a mature advanced file system in the form of ZFS, new friendly and powerful system installers, a new package manager (PKG-NG), a powerful jail manager and there will soon be new virtualization technology coming with the release of FreeBSD 10.0. Meanwhile, over in the Linux camp, I feel as though things have reached a plateau. We are seeing small improvements and an increase in polish.

BSD Magazine (September 2013): Day-to-Day BSD Administration

bsdmag-2013-09September’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Day to Day BSD Administration (free PDF download).

This issue is dedicated to day-to-day BSD administration with the use of MidnightBSD custom installations and Live CDs, BSD server maintenance, directory encryption using PEFS and much more.

  • It’s lonely at the top
  • MidnightBSD Custom Installations and Live CDs
  • BSD Server Maintenance
  • Re-purposing an Abandoned Mac Mini as a Wireless Router with OpenBSD
  • Monit – Monitoring solution for enterprise and SOHO servers with FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 8
  • A closer look at the changes in PC-BSD/TrueOS 9.2 – Part 2 – Directory encryption using PEFS
  • Intro to ZFS
  • FreeBSD on XenServer

Download and read Day-to-Day BSD Administration

BSD Magazine (August 2013): ZFS Boot Environments

BSD_08_2013-1August’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: ZFS Boot Environments (free PDF download).

This issue of BSD Magazine is dedicated to boot environments, including the article on ZFS Boot Environments by Kris Moore. Moreover, you can read articles about email gateway, service spawner, web programming, PKGNG and Apache THRIFT.

From the Table of Contents:

  • Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (Who will guard the guards themselves)?
  • Apache THRIFT: A much needed tutorial
  • A closer look at the changes in PC-BSD/TrueOS 9.2 – Part 1 – ZFS Boot Environments
  • An email gateway with FreeBSD to prevent malware and undesirable messages
  • The Service Spawner
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 7
  • PKGNG: The future of packages on FreeBSD and PC-BSD

Download and read ZFS Boot Environments

BSD Magazine (July 2013): Security and Cryptography in BSD

July’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Security and Cryptography in BSD (free PDF download).

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This issue of BSD Magazine is dedicated to security concepts including Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Security Policy Development in TrustedBSD MAC Framework and Naxsi, the Nginx Web Application Firewall. Moreover, you will find articles about MaheshaOpenBSD and CSS programming.

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • An Eye For An Eye Soon Leads To Blindness
  • MaheshaOpenBSD – OpenBSD In A Serpent World
  • Security Policy Development in TrustedBSD MAC Framework
  • Using Nginx and Naxsi for Security and High Availability
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 6
  • Elliptic Curve Cryptography and Basic Applications in BSD OS

Security and Crytography in BSD

BSD Magazine (June 2013): FreeBSD on Rails

June’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: FreeBSD on Rails (free PDF download).

FreeBSD Mag June 2013You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • A backup server with FreeBSD for mixed networks in SOHO environment
  • Keep OpenBSD customers satisfied
  • FreeBSD in Xen Cloud Platform (XCP)
  • FreeBSD on Rails
  • Manage your Ruby Versions Under FreeBSD
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Creating PBI’s with EasyPBI
  • Sofin, the Software Installer

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BSD Magazine (May 2013): Jails Firewall with PF

BSD Magazine (May 2013): Jails Firewall with PFApril’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Jails Firewall with PF (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • SpiderFoot 2.0: The Open Source Footprinting Tool
  • FreeBSD Jails Firewall with PF
  • Improvements to Jail Management via the Warden
  • msearch: MidnightBSD Search
  • Useful Utilities for PF
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer: Write HTML, CSS, PHP, and SQL Code
  • DTrace: A Deeper Approach

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New BSD Magazine (March 2013): Handling Kernel Panic

March’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Handling Kernel Panic (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • Reacting to Panic: How to Configure the System to handle Crash Dumps
  • MaheshaBSD Server: MySQL and WordPress in FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer: How to Embed CSS and Javascript in Pages
  • Hardening FreeBSD with TrustedBSD and MAC: configuration of mac_ifoff, mac_portacl, and MAC LOMAC modules

Handling Kernel Panic