(Free)BSD quick news and links (week 16)

Welcome to the (Free)BSD leftovers for week 6. In this post we have a mix of news snippets, quick links, howto’s, links ’n software/package updates. Just a round up of those little things I saved up this week. Previous weeks’ roundups can be found here.

FreeBSD News

  1. FreeBSD & Google Summer of Code 2010
    FreeBSD Project is participating in Google’s Summer of Code programme for a sixth year. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for a grant to spend the summer improving the FreeBSD operating system! More information available on the FreeBSD Summer of code page.
    Students may now apply to participate at http://socghop.appspot.com/. Before applying you may wish to discuss your project ideas on the freebsd-hackers mailing list or on the #freebsd-soc IRC channel on EFNet. Project ideas can be found at: http://www.freebsd.org/projects/summerofcode.html
  2. Have you ever expressed your gratitude to a FreeBSD developer?
    You like FreeBSD and/or operating systems based on it, but have you have ever dropped that developer that maintains/implemented the feature that’s so important to you a note, saying “thank you”?
    Brandon Gooch, a system administrator at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, recently wrote the FreeBSD Foundation to express his gratitude towards FreeBSD developers in general and the recent wireless work in particular.


FreeBSD 9 developments (via):

  1. UFS journalling committed
    Jeff Roberson has committed soft-updates journalling to 9-CURRENT. It enables a small file system journal which works in combination with soft-updates to eliminate boot fsck’s. It is different from most other implementations of file system journalling in that it doesn’t journal raw blocks but sort of meta-data about meta-data
  2. GEOM disk IO scheduler framework
    A GEOM IO scheduler framework has been committed! The framework allows for multiple IO schedulers to be installed on top of GEOM providers (usually disk drives). As a consequence, potentially different schedulers can be installed on different drives. The work was done by Luigi Rizzo and Fabio Checconi.
  3. FreeBSD PowerPC 9.0 snapshot available (for testing)


FreeBSD Ports

  1. Can the current Ports directory and building of it be improved?
    “There has been some discussion lately about if and how to “revamp” the ports system to make it more usable by general users. (…) Unfortunately there has been very little feedback from users themselves – which is probably a mistake, but also – there was very little feedback from the population (not a particularily small one) that is the cross-section of users and developers. Some ideas were presented, but at the end it all started revolving around banding the gaps and smaller improvements that will, I think, be practically invisible to the end-users.”
    Ivan Voras has noted down his ideas in this post: of ports and of men.


Releases

  1. m0n0wall
    m0n0wall 1.32 is out, and it finally fixes the annoying Ethernet link state bug on ALIX boards (and others that use VIA network chips). Some more work has been done on IPv6 support, the DNS forwarder and the hardware monitor.
  2. NanoBSD
    NanoBSD on ALIX in iX 05/2010. This article  ago will appear on page 146 of ix magazine (DE) issue 05/2010


Websites / Social Media

  1. PC-BSD
    As far as i’m aware this page is not officially supported by PC-BSD  / iXsystems, but there is a Facebook PC-BSD page. There’s already quite a popular and active Facebook PC-BSD Group.
  2. iXsystems website
    As of this week iXsystems has a new website. I like the new version as it’s a lot cleaner and makes finding the right server easier. iXsystems is the corporate sponsor behind PC-BSD and FreeNAS.


Guides & Howto’s

  1. Setting up a headless torrent daemon in FreeBSD
    “I have FreeBSD running as a home server for a while now. One of the things I wanted the server to take care of is downloading torrents, so I could shut down my PC whenever I am downloading stuff. With transmission-daemon (net-p2p/transmission-daemon from ports) this is really simple.”  (tweakblogs.net)
  2. Run FreeNAS in Windows for Network Serving and Sharing
    Many of the popular servers are open source and usually are more widely supported for Linux and other Unix-like systems. However, most can be run right inside Windows. This is especially great for temporary solutions or for new or amateur administrators (serverwatch.com)


(Free)BSD Events

  1. Solution Linux 2010
    Last month   “Solutions Linux” took place in Paris, one of the major professional open source events in France. Here are some pictures of the BSD booths : http://www.bebik.net/cgi-bin/album.pl?album=2010SL
  2. A new BSDA Certification session will be held in Nantes, France on 1 June 2010 at BSDay Nantes. Check the BSD Certification calendar for events near you.
  3. BSD Professional Certification Exam Update
    A short progress report on what’s happening with the BSD


New FreeBSD Committers

Over the last few weeks a few more people have been given commit rights. It’s always good to see more people join the FreeBSD project.

  1. Ports
  • Sahil Tandon
  • Rene Ladan
  • Giuseppe Pilichi
  • Bernhard Fröhlich
  1. Source Code
  • Randi Harper
  • Ryan Stone
  • Ana Kukec


BSD / Unix Family News

  1. DragonFly BSD 2.6: towards a free clustering operating system
    This article gives in introduction into the background and history of DragonFlyBSD, its HAMMER filesystem, new features etc
    “The ultimate goal of DragonFly BSD is to allow programs to run across multiple machines as if they are running on one system. The operating system is still far from that goal, but Dillon has done a great deal of rewriting in nearly every subsystem of the kernel to lay the foundations for future work. Much of the rationale behind the design goals is explained on the project’s web site. It’s an interesting read, because it shows how they want to tackle an ambitious vision with a realistic plan…” continues (lwn.net)
  2. DragonFly BSD 2.6.1 with new swapcache released
    DragonFly BSD, the FreeBSD fork, has been updated to version 2.6.1 and incorporates a added a number of new features whilst updating the components of the clustering oriented operating system. A new swapcache has been incorporated which allows the swap space to also retain clean filesystem data and meta-data rather than just memory. (more)
  3. Why OpenBSD’s Release Process Works
    “Twelve years ago OpenBSD developers started engineering a release process that has resulted in quality software being delivered on a consistent 6 month schedule — 25 times in a row, exactly on the date promised, and with no critical bugs. This on-time delivery process is very different from how corporations manage their product releases and much more in tune with how volunteer driven communities are supposed to function. Theo de Raadt explains in this presentation how the OpenBSD release process is managed (video) and why it has been such a success”  (via)

  4. AIX 7.1 is coming
    IBM plans to deliver the next version of the AIX® operating system, AIX 7, and new releases of PowerVM™ and PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX. These new offerings are designed to help companies reduce cost, improve service and lower the risk of deploying and migrating applications to AIX on Power® Systems.The new capabilities planned for AIX 7 are designed to expand the scalability, reliability and manageability of AIX and the applications running on AIX. Key features will provide greater vertical scalability of up to 1024 threads or 256 cores in a single partition, a clustering infrastructure designed to provide highly availability applications with PowerHA SystemMirror and to simplify management of scale-out workloads. Additional AIX 7 will include new management capabilities based on IBM Systems Director that are designed to simplify the management of AIX system configuration. Finally AIX 7 will support the ability to run AIX 5.2 inside of a Workload Partition to allow consolidation of old workloads on new systems (source & more)
  5. IBM Prunes Low-Cost AIX Rev
    IBM has radically improved the bang for the buck on its Power7-based Power Systems 701 and 702 blade servers this week, and is expected to soon deliver similarly priced entry rack and tower servers. And now it has a new, lower-cost AIX 6.1 Express Edition that will match the less expensive hardware and therefore help Big Blue’s AIX platform better compete against Windows, Linux, HP-UX, and Solaris alternatives. The new AIX Express Edition takes the special low-cost pricing that was available only on JS series blade servers and now makes it available across the Power Systems line, including logical partitions on the largest Power 595 (and before too long Power 595) servers.

BSD Magazine (April 2010): Hosting BSD

The BSD Magazine editors have come out with a new issue of this free PDF magazine: Hosting BSD

The Table of Contents is as follows:

Modern FreeBSD Install

All these years sysinstall(8) was helping us to install FreeBSD with most needed options.

X11 without dbus/hald and with three kings

FreeBSD Handbook suggests (check section 5.4.2 Configuring X11), that running sysutils/hal (hald) and devel/dbus daemons is mandatory to have working x11/xorg … nothing further from the truth.

Converting a FreeBSD Port Using PBI Builder

This is an excerpt from the “Becoming a Developer” chapter of the recently released book, The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD.

BSD File Sharing – Part 2. SAMBA

Last time I wrote about NFS on different BSD’s. This time I am going to dedicate this article of the series to SAMBA.

Running VirtualBox OSE with VNC under FreeBSD 8.0

VirtualBox is a type 2 hypervisor that sits directly on top of the host-server OS and is suitable for server, desktop and embedded applications. It will run most OS’s as guest with few exceptions, and like Vmware * there are many pre-built VM’s available.

FreeBSD Firewall with Transparent Proxy Server, DHCP Server and Name Server

If you need Internet-sharing to be available to share allow your network to access the web using only one public IP Address, you need to setup a gateway.

The Squid and the Blowfish

We have grown so much accustomed to Internet access on our work computers, that we can hardly imagine what people ever did all day long on their workplace before!

Hosting Environment Network and Firewall Redundancy with the BSDs

With many large websites and hosting providers relying on BSD operating systems to power their businesses, it only makes sense that many smaller providers take the same path.

Comparison of FreeBSD And OpenBSD: Not One Cake But The Two Ones

The purpose of this article is to highlight some differences between the two BSD operating systems – FreeBSD and OpenBSD.

Introducing Beastie to Strangers

When PC-BSD 8 first came out back in February, I installed the operating system on two of my machines and was very impressed with the new release.

Previous issues can be downloaded from BSD Magazine: PDF articles

(Free)BSD quick news and links

FreeBSD

  • Returning committer: Niels Heinen (ports) (07/03/2010)
  • New committer: Neel Natu (src) (03/03/2010)

PC-BSD

1. Quick Poll – which pages would you like to see  printed from Dru’s latest book in the upcoming BSD Magazine issue?

2. How does PC-BSD 8.0 compare with Kubuntu 9.10?   This is probably comparing apples with pears, but for those liking comparison reviews, check PC-BSD 8.0 vs. Kubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks

In a majority of the tests, Kubuntu 9.10 performed better than PC-BSD 8.0, but the tests we used in this article are just a subset of what is available to run on both platforms via the Phoronix Test Suite so for those deciding between running PC-BSD / FreeBSD it is important to run the tests relevant to you and also consider the other features at hand for both free software operating systems.

3. PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

PC-BSD is a desktop-oriented, FreeBSD-based distribution with KDE as the default desktop environment. The version due to be released shortly is PC-BSD 8. Because it the only BSD-based desktop distribution that’s in a position to compete with the best Linux desktop distributions, I’ll be publishing a number of articles over the next few weeks to introduce those not yet familiar with it to some of its management tools. This post takes a look at the graphical firewall manager.

OpenBSD

OpenSSH 5.4 released

Damien Miller (djm@) posted to announce@ with the announcement of OpenSSH 5.4. Some highlights of this release are the disabling of protocol 1 by default, certificate authentication, a new ‘netcat mode’, many changes on the sftp front (both client and server) and a collection of assorted bugfixes. The new release can already be found on a large number of mirrors and of course on www.openssh.com.

Please read on for the full release announcement

BSD Magazine (2010-03) available: BSD as a desktop (free)

A new issue (free PDF) of BSD Magazine is available now.

Table of contents:

Buil Your Own FreeBSD Update Server

Experienced users or administrators responsible for several machines or environments, know the difficult demands and challenges of maintaining such an infrastructure. The article outlines the steps involved in creating an internal FreeBSD Update Server.

Using OpenBSD and PF as a Virtual Firewall for Windows

The Windows firewall, by default, has many open ports to the local network, like the file and print sharing service ports, which are the source of many security holes. How to protect a Windows host with a basic configuration of an OpenBSD virtual machine with PF as a NAT router and firewall?

Keeping FreeBSD Applications Up-To-Date

An important system administration task, and a principle of running a defensible network, is keeping operating systems and applications up-to-date. In this article you will find multiple ways how to complete this task.

Spam Control with a stock OpenBSD install

Ever since e-mails became ubiquitous unwanted e-mails or spam also known as UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail) or UBE (Unsolicited Bulk E-mail) also became popular. Any chance to control this? OpenBSD has an excellent method to fight spam and this article is about it.

Choosing and Installing a Window Manager with FreeBSD

Step by Step installing with comments and advice. One of the many attractive features of BSD is that the end-user is not tied to a particular desktop or windowing environment.

BSD Live Desktops

Last week Zafer Aydogan, founder of Jibbed, and Stefan Rinkes, founder of GNOBSD, agreed to talk with Jesse Smith about their projects (from which BSD community will surely benefit), themselves and BSD.

BSD goes to the Office: Can BSD compete in a real life consulting workplace?

A reminder on our last issue topic- an article about an experiment to determine a viability of BSD desktop in a real world high pressure consulting engagement. There are many articles that expound on the succes of Linux as desktop, and quite a few accounts of using a Linux desktop in this case or that case. But this one is written not from a perspective of a journalist or home user, but from a system administration and consulting perspective.

Website: BSDmag.org | Download Previous Issues

BSDs as Servers (BSD Magzine – free issue)

There is a new issue of the BSD Magazine available: BSD 02/2010 (8) – BSDs as Servers

This issue  is the first electronic-only version and available as free PDF download.

What’s inside:

  • A first look at PC-BSD 8 release
  • Installing and securing an Apache Jail with SSL on FreeBSD
  • The gemstones for FreeBSD
  • OpenBSD, NetBSD and FreeBSD as file sharing servers – Part 1 – NFS
  • Ipsec VPNs: An Introduction to IKE and Ipsec
  • LDAP on FreeBSD
  • Secure and stable mailservers with OpenBSD and qmail
  • Developing Secure Storages: Now On FreeBSD
  • Web Server Benchmarking
  • BSD Tips and Tricks
  • Interview with Olivier Cochard – Labbe, Founder of FreeNAS

Let your open source loving friends know about this great magazine.

BSD Magazine goes free

The announcement published by Michal Gladecki, the new Editor-in-Chief of BSD Magazine on the FreeBSD announcements mailing list earlier today read as follows:

“We are happy to announce that BSD Magazine is transforming into a free monthly online publication. The online version of BSD Magazine will stay in the same quality and form. It will look like the BSD magazine one is familiar and comfortable with. Please sign up to our newsletter atwww.bsdmag.org and get every issue straight to your inbox. Also, you can now download any of the previous issues from our website. The first online issue — 2/2010 — is coming out in February. Please spread the word about BSD Magazine.”

I’m glad to see BSD Mag go free.  Hopefully, more people will read BSD Mag now and become interested the BSD branch of operating systems. However, on the other hand, if there’s little income (ads etc), how can this be maintained?

This reminds me of a Linux PDF magazine that I used to get back in 2005-06: Tux Magazine. This was very a popular online Linux magazine, but it died a sudden death due to no subscription income.

Many thanks to Lee J. Imner (www.imber.com – Secure | Reliable Networks) for notifying me.

BSD Fund sponsoring BSDCan 2010

bsdfundlogoThe BSD Fund announced that they have generated enough card revenue to be a BSDCan sponsor. BSD Fund is a Bronze sponsor of BSDCan 2010 using funds raised exclusively with the BSD Fund Visa.

The BSD Fund aspires to contribute to every major BSD event around the world as they play such a critical role in the community, but so far it’s been a chicken and egg problem: few cardholders because the card hadn’t supported anything yet. Things seem to be taking off.

About BSD Fund

BSD Fund is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to assist and fund BSD-related events, development and initiatives around the world. BSD Fund raises money through direct donations and the BSD Fund Visa that supports BSD with every purchase. BSD or Berkeley Software Distribution is a family of open source licenses and operating systems that emphasize permissive redistribution and high technical standards.

For clarity, the BSD Fund is supporting the BSD family of operating systems, whilest the FreeBSD Foundation only funds FreeBSD related activities and projects.

For more info, visit http://bsdfund.org or listen to the podcast with Michael Dexter, manager of the fund.

Thanks, Michael, for contacting me and asking to mention your achievement. If you, my readers, have anything FreeBSD related to announce, why not contact me? We BSD’ers don’t tend to be as vocal as our Penguin brothers…..

BSD Security & OpenBSD 4.5 (free bsdmag issue)

bsdmag_04_2009The BSD Mag team have made the “BSD Security & OpenBSD 4.5” issue (04-2009) available as free download.

Table of contents

Installing OpenBSD
Postgresql, shared memory and BSD
Triple booting Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and PC-BSD 7.1
BuildaSearch a FreeBSD Web Service
Web Servers for Embedded NetBSD
Out-of-the-box sshfs on NetBSD 5.0
FreeBSD Security Event Auditing
Securing OpenSSH server
Staying Secure using PC-BSD
Stop Hackers With Protection Script
OpenBSD on the Sharp Zaurus
Questions and Answer Session of the BSD Certification Group Community
Interview with Albert Whale
Interview with Matt Juszczak
  • Installing OpenBSD
  • Postgresql, shared memory and BSD
  • Triple booting Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and PC-BSD 7.1
  • BuildaSearch a FreeBSD Web Service
  • Web Servers for Embedded NetBSD
  • Out-of-the-box sshfs on NetBSD 5.0
  • FreeBSD Security Event Auditing
  • Securing OpenSSH server
  • Staying Secure using PC-BSD
  • Stop Hackers With Protection Script
  • OpenBSD on the Sharp Zaurus
  • Questions and Answer Session of the BSD Certification Group Community
  • Interview with Albert Whale
  • Interview with Matt Juszczak

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