Mixed FreeBSD News: FreeNAS 8.0.2, GhostBSD 2.5, WhatsApp

FreeNAS 8.0.2

iXsystems has released a new update for FreeNAS, FreeNAS 8.0.2, fixing the email subsystem. More release updates here.

GhostBSD 2.5

GhostBSD 2.5 BETA-2 is now available for testing. GhostBSD 2.5 comes in a lite and a DVD version which are based on FreeBSD 9 Beta. GhostBSD is a FreeBSD based desktop operating systems with Gnome

WhatsAPP uses FreeBSD

What kind of operating system does one need for 1 million concurrent TCP/IP sessions? FreeBSD is one of the choices. WhatsApp uses FreeBSD in combination with Erlang to achieve this: One Million.

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messenger that replaces SMS and works through the existing internet data plan of your device. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia Symbian60 phones. Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

A new kind of Cache

It’s called Bullet Cache, created by Ivan Voras.

“Think of Bullet Cache as  ”Memcached, only better” :) It offers some unique data query options and is blazingly fast!”

Introduction - Installation & testing.

KDE SC 4.7.2 is available in ports.

BSDRP 1.0 (BSD Router Project)

Olivier Cochard-Labbé has made version 1.0 available of the BSD Router Project (BSDRP). Before the FreeNAS project was taken over by iXsystems, Olivier was the founder and project leader of FreeNAS.

BSD Router Project (BSDRP) is an open source router distribution based on FreeBSD, supporting all majors routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PIM, etc..) and fits on a 256Mb Compact Flash/USB.

For more information, check out the Release Notes or visit the BSDRP website.

BSD Router Project: New Kern, New Protocols

The BSD Router Project (BSDRP) has released version 0.32 of its free embedded router distribution (previously mentioned here)

BSD Router Project (BSDRP) is an embedded open source router distribution based on FreeBSD with Quagga and XORP that fit on a 512Mb Compact Flash/USB.

Based on FreeBSD 8.0-Release-p2, the release comes with the new options ”show memory” and ”show traffic”, RCS revisioning for the configuration file and upload/download of data via SCP. Further new features include DHCP relay, NetFlow probes, the Link-Layer Discovery Protocol, (in OpenLLDP) and the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP). A Userland variant has replaced the CARP implementation in the kernel and the Quagga routing software has been updated to version 0.99.15 (source)

Images for the BSD Router Project 0.32 will fit on a 512Mb Compact Flash/USB. The router distribution under the BSD license is available for download on the BSDRP homepage.

BSDRP Project Website | Features | Download

ANNOUNCEMENT: BSD Router Project (bsdrp)

Olivier Cochard-Labbé, an IP routing expert and founder of FreeNAS (a FreeBSD based Network-Attached-Storage system), has released the first alpha (0.1) image of his new project: BSD Router Project - http://bsdrp.net

bsdrp is an open source customised distribution of FreeBSD dedicated to offering IP routing services for small ISP’s.

The release 0.1 of BSDRP is a fully working prototype, to be used on real or virtual machines that boot from ATA device only (not usb).

This first release includes:

  • Base FreeBSD 8.0-CURRENT system (NanoBSD) for i386
  • Customized script (config, upgrade, help, command completion, etc…)
  • Quagga ready to use (OSPFv2, OSPFv3, RIP, RIPng and BGP)

You may ask, what is the difference between BSDRP and m0n0wall of pfSense.

  • The main goal of BSDRP is not firewalling but routing. If you need a firewall don’t use BSDRP: Use m0n0wall or pfSense.
  • BSDRP is not for a home use, but for compagny use (small ISP’s for example).
  • BSDRP doesn’t have a Web GUI: It’s to be configured from a CLI only (like Cisco or Juniper)
  • pfSense can be used for routing, but Olivier wanted to set up a Cisco or Juniper like project just for routing.

Thanks, Olivier, for contacting me to announce this project. If you have any (new) FreeBSD related products or services that you want to announce, submit it here.