Sharing info and news on Google Plus

I have started to share news and information on the Google+ social network. I find the Google+ interface nicer and easier to update and follow than Facebook’s and Twitter’s. And, the privacy settings are more transparant and better than Facebook’s.

Anyway, if you’re on Google+ you can follow me at gplus.to/gvanessen. If you want to join G+ and want an invite, drop me a line.

Quick news: BSD Magazine, FreeBSD 9 IPv6 only, fwbuilder, Ruby

 

 

  • Fwbuilder 5 (Firewall Builder) released, supporting import of pf configurations. Firewall Builder can now import PF configurations in pf.conf format. To import a pf.conf configuration go to File -> Import Firewall and follow the prompts.

 

  • Older versions of the Ruby programming language were released under GPLv2 and “Ruby’s” license.  Ruby 1.9.3  is released under 2-clause BSDL and “Ruby’s” license.

FreeBSD news leftovers: BSD isn’t relevant, UNIX data center darling (week 28)

The following are some interesting FreeBSD related news bits from this week:

I.  Testing the (new) FBFS scheduler

The FBFS Scheduler (Google Summer of Code 2011) project aims to bring an experimental light-weight scheduler to FreeBSD and has now come to a state it can be tested: FreeBSD FBFS live DVD image is available now. There are many differences between Linux which is the original scheduler’s initial implementation platform and FreeBSD, so the port will be more like an reimplementation of some of the ideas. This project (FAQ) is brings a new perspective to the problem of scheduling – namely how would a simplified scheduler (without expensive tracking of process performance) behave for modern workloads (via).

II.  BSD isn’t relevant anymore (Lennart Poettering)

This is a typical anti-BSD story that gets featured on Slashdot: BSD Isn’t Relevant Anymore. The author is clearly out of touch with reality. The BSD community may be small compared to Windows and Linux, but that doesn’t mean BSD operating systems are not relevant anymore.

Maybe I shouldn’t even mention and refer to this piece of rubbish here ;-)

“In an interview with LinuxFr.org, Lennart Poettering speaks freely about his creations, PulseAudio, Avahi and systemd among other things. Naturally, what has stirred up most of the discussions online is Lennarts opinions on BSD. Following the recent proposal to make Gnome a Linux exclusive desktop, Lennart explains that he thinks BSD support is holding back a lot of Free Software development. This while also taking a stab at Debian kFreeBSD: ‘Debian kFreeBSD is a toy OS, people really shouldn’t misunderstand that.’”

III.  UNIX still data center darling

Unix systems may not be all the rage that they were two decades ago, but in nearly eight out of 10 data centers based on them, their use is either holding steady or increasing.

That’s the assessment of a recent survey of the HP, IBM, and Oracle Unix customer bases by Gabriel Consulting Group, which has just finished up its fifth annual slicing and dicing of Unix customer sentiments.

Unix systems have successfully colonized their neighborhoods in the data centers of the world, and are resisting the onslaught of Windows and Linux on those systems’ relatively inexpensive x64 iron. The Unix colonists are also resisting all of the marketing muscle and money that is dedicated to evicting them.

Full article: UNIX still data center darling

IV.  GhostBSD – New installer

The GhostBSD developers are working on a graphical installer. Previously, installation was done through a Python script, but a GUI installer “sells better” these days and will probably result in more people trying this O/S.

V.  BSD News in Russian

There are already a number of good Russian (Free)BSD related websites, but F-Andrey decided that this could be improved and launched http://bsdnir.blogspot.com. If you’re Russian or if Russian is a language you can read, have a look at bsdnir, or alternatively, you can use Google Translate.

BTW, if you’re interested in setting up a non-English FreeBSD related section on this website, please get in touch with me.

VI.  New ports committer

Ryan Steinmetz has been accepted as a new FreeBSD ports committer (15 July)

BSD Security (BSD Magazine 2011-06)

A new issue of the free BSD Magazine is available: BSD Security (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Larger scale FreeBSD

I’ve often joked that it’s quite easy to manage one FreeBSD machine or one thousand, but if you have ten machines it can be quite a bit of work.

DragonflyBSD news: Testing Hammer Deduplication on Real-world Data

If you’ve been in the market for storage devices lately, you may have noticed a trend. Prices for various storage devices are generally determined by size, then speed, and then the whole price is increased by the features that come with that disk appliance.

PC-BSD’s New Control Panel

This article introduces the new Control Panel that will ship with PC-BSD 9.0. Readers are encouraged to try out the Control Panel prior to release by downloading a PC-BSD 9.0 testing snapshot or building the Control Panel on a PC-BSD 8.x system or a FreeBSD 8.x system that has Xorg configured.

Using POSTGIS tabular and geographic data with FreeBSD

In this article, we will look at extending our GIS server to use PostGIS.

Collectd – A look at the Systems Statistics Collection Daemon

Systems Administrators need a variety of tools to properly monitor and tune their systems to the various loads…

Using Memcached for High Scalability Web Services

Been creating web services/ applications for 6 years and until recently decided to try out memory caching technology instead of hitting up the ole SQL server for the same records over and over again.

LDAP Authentication and Authorization of Unix Users Under OpenBSD

Unlike most Unix-like operating systems, OpenBSD does not come with PAM nor nsswitch which made it tedious to authenticate local users against a remote database like LDAP. That was until ypldap(8) came along.

Building a complete intrusion detection system with Snorby on BSD

FreeBSD and OpenBSD are a popular choice for installing the open-source Snort intrusion detection. Documents have been written in the past for popular analysis tools such as BASE and Sguil, however nothing extensive has been created for Snorby.

Full Disk Encryption on FreeBSD

On systems (for instance laptop computers) that may be physicaly accessed or stolen by untrusted persons, encrypting sensitive pieces of data should be mandatory.

What It Takes: Starting and Running an Open Source Certification Program, Part II

Last month, in the first article in this series, we discussed the People aspect of running an Open Source certification program such as the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG). We discussed the types of people you’ll need in your program- SMEs, Writers, Translators, Technical Experts, Managers, the Advisory Group, and your Psychometrician.

Interview with Paul Shekenveld

Paul has participated in all nine EuroBSDcon editions so far and visited BSDcan and AsiaBSDcon several times. Today he is a member of EuroBSDcon 2011 comitee. In this months issue he will answer a few of our questions about the upcoming European BSD conference.

FreeNAS 8 – Audio interview and Magazine Article

There’s an audio interview (bsdtalk 206- FreeNAS 8 with Josh Paetzel) on BSD Talk with Josh Paetzel, IT Director at iXsystems. Will Backman and Josh discuss FreeNAS 8 in a 17 minute interview. (MP3OGG)

The June 2011 issue of BSD Magazine (NanoBSD and ALIX) has an article “Introducing FreeNAS 8.0“. The issue can be downloaded for free from here.

 

Google discontinues BSD Search (google.com/bsd)

Long before even Google Image Search, Google News or Blog Search existed, there was the handy Google BSD Search @ www.google.com/bsd

Today Google announced it is discontinuing some specialised search services:

We are no longer offering specialized search services at google.com/linux, google.com/microsoft, google.com/bsd, google.com/mac, google.com/about and google.com/unclesam. These services were established many years ago to offer search across a limited index of the web, which in the past was a better way to find this information. For example, google.com/linux was designed to help people find information from message boards and blogs about the Linux operating system. Today, search quality has advanced tremendously, and based on our analysis we’ve found that in most cases you’re better off looking for this kind of specialized information using the regular Google search box, for example by typing [linux fedora upgrade]. We understand that some users were surprised by this change, so we apologize for not communicating more clearly in advance of redirecting these services to google.com

I’m not sure how many readers would have used the BSD search functionality, but I tend to include the operating system in the search string when looking for a solution.

NanoBSD and ALIX (BSD Magazine 2011-06)

A new month, a new BSD Magazine issue. The latest issue is titled NanoBSD and ALIX (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Introduction to OpenSSL: Command-line Tool

The article describes the command-line utility of openssl. It is a tool that supports encryption and decryption, message digests, key generation and exchange and ssl channel manipulations.

Introducing FreeNASTM 8.0

On May 2, 2011 the much anticipated redesign of FreeNAS was released. This article introduces FreeNAS 8.0, describing the reasons for its redesign, the current and upcoming features, the graphical administrative interface, and where you can find additional information.

A Puffy In The Corporate Aquarium – Success story: OpenBSD as an Enterprise Desktop

While OpenBSD 2 is well known for its use in infrastructure services (MTA, DNS, firewall…) or appliances, this article will focus on a less known application: the use of OpenBSD as a Joe User Desktop.

Installing FreeBSD with PC-SYSINSTALL

Several months ago, the PC-SYSINSTALL system (The installer for PC-BSD 8.0 and higher) was merged into FreeBSD CURRENT, in preparation for FreeBSD 9.0.

An introduction to GIS on FreeBSD

Geographic information systems (GIS) are rapidly gaining popularity both commercially and on the Internet, and used with location aware devices such as mobile phones can be a powerful tool for aiding productivity.

Exploring The Powers Of The Cloud – Deploying Eyeos On BSD

Ever thought of running things in the cloud? How about doing that from your own server, without any extra effort or cost? We take a look at eyeOS, a cloud OS, and as usual, we do so on BSD.

NanoBSD and ALIX

In the previous issue of BSD Magazine, Bill Harris described how to do a basic installation of FreeBSD on a PC-Engines ALIX board with a Compact Flash card. This is a great way to get started, but there are some risks to this approach.

Mutt On OS X – Part III

When we last left our heroes (in April, 2011 issue of BSD Magazine), I had briefly discussed searching our Mac’s address book as well as begin the process of setting up a complex, multi-account Mutt setup. In this article, I’ll go a bit deeper into setting up Mutt to make the most of Gmail’s features, as well as a way to handle attachments on your Mac.

OpenBSD Networking

OpenBSD has an often mistaken image across the world that it stands for cryptography and crypto alone. Only for security applications OpenBSD is a good choice. This is what I used to think till I started looking at its IPsec stack in 2003.

OMAP3 Full Support is Coming Soon in FreeBSD

The trend in the FreeBSD development is bringing FreeBSD for new sets of hardware. The OMAP™ 3 family of multimedia applications processors from TI introduces a new level of performance that enables laptop-like productivity and advanced entertainment in multimedia-enabled mobile devices.

What It Takes – Starting and Running an Open Source Certification Program, Part I

So you’re all excited about your new software and its amazing capabilities to change the world. You truly believe that if only more people knew about it and were competent at using it, the world (or at least the information technology world) would be revolutionized.

Interview with Rafa? Jaworowski

Rafal Jaworowski is a co-founder of Semihalf, where he is leading the operating systems department. With over 12 years of experience in the embedded systems field he has ported FreeBSD to various ARM and PowerPC systems, designed and developed device drivers and kernel infrastructure components, which are embedded in commercial products and installations. He contributes to the FreeBSD Project as a src committer. He has earned a M.Sc. degree in Mathematics.

BSD Magazine 2011-05: Embedded BSD – FreeBSD and ALIX

A new issue of the free BSD Magazine is available: Embedded BSD – FreeBSD and ALIX (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Introduction to the Z Shell

In this modern age of computing, we are offered many choices with regard to how we might interact with our machines.

Supporting Multiple Desktops in PC-BSD 9.0

Beginning with version 9.0, PC-BSD will allow the selection of multiple desktops during installation. This article describes what changes were needed to allow for multiple desktop support and how you can help the PC-BSD project in this endeavour.

DragonFly News

Evolution of an OpenBSD Port

In this article I’ll talk about the evolution of the OpenBSD port of radicale (http://www.radicale.org/), a nice small, simple CALDAVbased calendar server written in Python by Guillaume Ayoub.

FreeBSD & Alix A pint sized install of an Enterprise OS

The embedded device or Single Board Computer (SBC) market has for the most part, been dominated by variety of Linux derivatives.

Mono (C# and the .NET Framework) on FreeBSD

The .NET Framework and the C# language have simplified the software development process in many ways.

Drupal on FreeBSD part 6

In this the last article in the series on the Drupal Content Management System, the author looks back at what has been covered in the previous 5 articles and shares his real world experience with Drupal.

Backups – Made Easy A fast solution to a real problem

When you have to do a major Operating System or Application upgrade, this script and server with big disks, will get the job done.

Fighting DDoS Attacks with PF

For a long time, Denial of Service attacks were disregarded, as they were considered to be the work of script kiddies.

The MacOS X Command Line

My wife thinks I bought my Mac laptop to use as a status symbol. But every hacker knows I bought it because I wanted a decent Unix laptop.

Implementing OpenSMTPD An Independent Reference Document

OpenSMTPD is one of the mail servers included with OpenBSD. Configuring OpenSMTPD is more readily understood and comparatively less complex than configuring Sendmail.

License Wars!

When I sat down to brainstorm on this month’s article, I decided to write about something out of the ordinary. Obviously, the topic had to be related to BSD, yet, I was determined to touch upon something that is a bit above than just being ‘geeky’. Why? Simply to make BSD fanatics proud, and at the same time show non-BSD fans how great the world of BSD is!

Allocating Dynamic Memory with Confidence

Embedded software applications face many challenges that are not present on desktop computers.