The Daemon and the Penguin, FreeNAS labels, pfSense, PC-BSD updates

Freebsd newsWelcome to the latest (Free)BSD news round-up in which we have a mix of news snippets and links. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous (Free)BSD related links that are news worthy and which you may find hopefully interesting, but are yet too small to package as individual posts.

Some of the links below have already appeared in our Google Plus +FreeBSD Central and Twitter feeds.

PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 Now Available
This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so.
PC-BSD Blog – 23 Jan 2014

New pfSense website
The pfSense project has a new website

pfSense 2.1.1-PRERELEASE Snapshots available
For those who are inclined to try such things, 2.1.1-PRERELEASE snapshots are up for testing at snapshots.pfsense.org. New features and changes.

Amazon supporting FreeBSD Foundation
When you shop at Amazon through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1545163, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the FreeBSD Foundation.

FOSDEM 2014 BSD program
The program for the BSD devroom at #FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels is now available.

FreeBSD Programming Primer
BSD Mag has an issue with 12 tutorials on how to develop a Content Management System (CMS) which will run under an AMP stack on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Linux. In this series Rob Somerville looks at the tools, processes and methods involved in writing a CMS.
BSD Mag – 14 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over.
PC-BSD Blog – 24 Jan 2014

The Daemon, the GNU & the Penguin
Peter Salus’s book, the Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, was a regular Groklaw feature in 2005 and 2006. It is now in book form (paperback) and available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s been expanded, and the subtitle now is “How Free and Open Software is Changing the World”.

iXsystems’ new FreeNAS device needs your label vote
Here’s your chance to influence the design of an upcoming FreeNAS product from iXsystems! Help us pick which label you’d like to see by leaving a comment on this post.
Vote via +iXsystems, Facebook or the FreeNAS forums

FreeBSD 11 has been added to the BSD Family Tree

OpenBSD rescued from unpowered oblivion by $20K bitcoin donation

iXsystems continues to advance open source storage with FreeNAS 9.2.0

Latest update includes many user-requested features and improvements, as well as a REST API for remote administration of FreeNAS.

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoiXsystems has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.2.0. This update incorporates all the improvements made in FreeBSD 9.2, as well as a vast collection of minor and major tweaks throughout the FreeNAS web user interface. This release is made possible through the efforts of an active and engaged FreeNAS community. Nearly every sub-system, including sharing services, plugin jails, storage management and user accounts, has been improved with community-submitted feedback in the form of bug reports, feature requests, forum discussions, and user-submitted patches.

The biggest new addition in FreeNAS 9.2.0 is a REST API, allowing FreeNAS to be controlled remotely and programmatically. This allows for the creation of third-party applications, potentially on mobile devices, that provide alternative interfaces to FreeNAS. The REST API can also be used to manage multiple FreeNAS appliances simultaneously, using custom scripting or applications which configure FreeNAS automatically for specialized roles.

Almost every existing FreeNAS feature has been improved as well. ZFS performance has been increased through the use of the kernel UMA allocator by default. Encryption performance on AES-NI capable hardware is now nearly indistinguishable from non-encrypted performance, thanks to improvements to the FreeBSD GELI subsystem being incorporated into FreeNAS. Netatalk was updated to version 3.1.0, bringing a number of improvements and somewhat simplifying the interface for the AFP service. The Active Directory and CIFS services were also simplified and now have defaults that make it easier to configure both services correctly.

Along with the core services, the FreeNAS plugin system continues to improve. There is now a jail template system which allows users to create templates based on existing jails and quickly deploy additional jails based on those templates. A number of new default jail templates are also available, including jails for a number of popular Linux distributions such as Debian 7.1.0 and Ubuntu 13.04. FreeNAS 9.2.0 also adds a shell button for jails, allowing quick and easy access to the command line interface for individual jails.

Several new plugins have also been made available in FreeNAS since 9.1.0 was released, including updated versions of SABnzbd and SickBeard and a brand-new BTSync plugin, all submitted by community members. For those who want to get the absolute most out of FreeNAS, this is the most flexible and customizable release yet.

About FreeNAS®
FreeNAS is a free and open source Network Attached Storage operating system based on FreeBSD®. The goal of the project is to design a lightweight, BSD-based software package that acts as a full featured NAS server, complete with a Django-based web user interface, full ZFS implementation, and the ability to interface with existing networks – regardless of operating system or protocol. FreeNAS also includes the first Free and Open Source ZFS encryption offering in the world. (via)

FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC2 now available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS team at iXsystems has taken the for-them-unusual step of rolling and releasing Release Candidate 2, FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC2, due to the significant number of changes that had to be made in fixing a number of bugs.

Barring any more significant bugs being found, this will be the last Release Candidate before going to 9.2.0-RELEASE

Read the release announcement and test if you have the time. If you find any bugs, please file a bug report.

BSD Now Episode 15: Kickin’ NAS (video)

bsd_now_logoA new BSD Now TV episode (Kickin’ NAS – Episode 15) has been uploaded, featuring an interview with Josh Paetzel, IT director at iXsystems.

Other topics discussed are:

  • More faces of FreeBSD
  • We cannot trust Intel and Via’s chip-based crypto
  • OpenSMTPD 5.4.1 released
  • More getting to know your portmgr
  • Interview with Josh Paetzel
  • FreeNAS tutorial
  • Introducing configinit
  • OpenSSH support for Ed25519 and bcrypt keys
  • The FreeBSD challenge
  • PCBSD weekly digest
  • Feedback/Questions

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FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC is now available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logo

The FreeNAS team has announced FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC for testing purposes. As the name implies, this is the next-to-final image of 9.2.0. If nothing significantly wrong is discovered with this image, it will become the official release!

“We did go through a bit of a rough patch after 9.2.0-BETA went out as we we reorganized a few things and took on some last-minute performance improvements we felt to be worth the risk, but we feel this is all ironed out now. Please please test this release as extensively as you can so that any remaining issues can be worked out before 9.2.0-RELEASE is rolled (hopefully in just 2 weeks, depending on how this testing goes). This is literally our last chance to find and fix anything serious before 9.2.0 goes “production status” for the general public!”

FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC announcement

AsiaBSDCon 2013 FreeBSD videos

Sato-san (bsdconferences) has created a playlist of 15 videos from AsiaBSDCon 2013.

Some of the FreeBSD related videos are:

John Hixson: FreeNAS Plugins everything you ever wanted to know

 

Kris Moore: Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC BSD systems

 

Michael Dexter: Hands on bhyve, the BSD Hypervisor

 

Takuya ASADA: Implements BIOS emulation support for BHyVe: A BSD Hypervisor

 

Davide Italiano: Calloutng: a new infrastructure for timer facilities in the FreeBSD kernel

 

FreeNAS 9.2.0-BETA is now available

The FreeNAS team has announced freenas-ixsystems-new-logothe availability of FreeNAS 9.2.0-BETA. As will be evident from the name tag, this version is for testing purposes only. Should you come across any issues, please get in touch with the team and file a bug report.

We have also made a number of enhancements to the UI and generally done our best to bring more polish to the FreeNAS system, both in usability and performance.  Those doing benchmarks against 9.1.1 and 9.2.0-BETA should notice some measurable improvements on any reasonably capable hardware.

Some of the changes are from the Release Notes for FreeNAS 9.2.0-BETA are:

  • Version 9.2-RELEASE of FreeBSD with performance improvements, bug fixes, and updated software packages.
  • The Kernel UMA allocator is now the default for ZFS. This results in higher ZFS performance.
  • Avahi (multicast DNS, aka Bonjour) registration of all services, include the web service, means you no longer need to have a head on the box to know its IP address, even for initial configuration. freenas.local is the default (or freenas-n.local, where n is the # of freenas.local machines already on the local network). This can be changed by changing the hostname.
  • The built-in admin user account is no longer used and the Admin Account removed. The first time the FreeNAS graphical interface is accessed, a pop-up menu will prompt for the root password. Subsequent logins to the graphical interface will require this password.
  • A complete REST API has been created for FreeNAS, allowing a FreeNAS instance to be controlled remotely.
  • The “Permit Sudo” field has been added to the add and edit screens for Users and Groups. A column in View Groups and View Users now indicates whether or not “Permit Sudo” has been set.
  • HTTP and HTTPS access to the FreeNAS graphical interface are no longer mutually exclusive. The fields “WebGUI HTTP Port” and “WebGUI HTTPS Port” have been added to System Settings -> General.
  • An “Edit” button has been added to the “Hostname” field of System Information to make the hostname easier to change.
  • The results from the latest ZFS scrub now appear in Volume Status.
  • Netatalk has been updated to version 3.1.0.
  • The AIO options have been removed from CIFS.
  • Fourteen TLS-related fields have been added to the Advanced Mode of FTP.
  • An “IPv4 Address” column has been added to the View Jails screen.
  • A shell button has been added to Jails, making it easy to access the command line of the selected jail.
  • A “Create directory” checkbox has been added to the Add Storage function of a jail so that the user does not have to first access the jail’s shell to make sure that the directory already exists. A “Read-Only” checkbox has also been added to this screen.
  • A jails templating system has been added, allowing the quick deployment of new jails from existing templates and the ability to create custom templates. Linux jail support has also been added and installation templates are included for Debian-7.1.0, Gentoo-20130820, Ubuntu-13.04, Centos-6.4, Fedora-19, and Suse-12.3.
  • A link to the online FreeBSD manual pages has been added to Help.
  • Added bxe(4) driver for Broadcom NetXtreme II Ethernet 10Gb PCIe adapter.
  • Added padlock(4) driver which provides cryptographic hardware acceleration for VIA C3, C7 and Eden processors.