With EasyPBI 2.0 now available in the FreeBSD ports tree and as a PBI in the PC-BSD AppCafe, Ken, the creator of EasyPBI, has highlighted some of the new features in EasyPBI 2.0, and why you should want to start using it now.
The FreeNAS development team has announce the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3. This is the last planned public beta of 8.3.1 as it moves towards the final.
FreeNAS 8.3.1 adds ZFS volume encryption to the features available in FreeNAS 8.3.0. BETA3 has a number of bug fixes and feature requests based on community feedback and testing of the first two beta releases, as well as feedback and bug fixes from FreeNAS 8.3.0-RELEASE-p1.
There are no further betas planned as +FreeNAS 8.3.1 marches towards the final release. At this point there will be no additional features added to 8.3.1.
Virtio drivers have been added to the image. For this BETA they default to off, which makes them a bit difficult to use.
FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3 can be downloaded from the following location:
Maybe it is not a big thing, but I have managed to run the Android OS with OpenGL support on FreeBSD.
Before we start, you must have enabled the Linuxulator and install the Linux base distribution from ports (emulators/linux_base-f10).
Here is how he did it: Android on FreeBSD
BSDroid was a project that ported the Android framework to FreeBSD, and the main goal of project was to provide native binaries for tools and make it possible to develop Android applications on FreeBSD powered system without Android SDK for Linux.
Unfortunately, it has gone all quiet. Does anybody know what’s happening with BSDroid?
First of all, I want to let you know, that I’ve personally not been satisfied with the frequency of PC-BSD releases and updates. With us tracking the upstream FreeBSD releases, it has really tied our hands getting new releases out to the public. The past couple of releases had a delay of almost a year between them, which is WAY too long in my opinion. To further compound the problem, our build system wasn’t designed to do frequent updates of packages and our utilities, which made getting updates out to the community a long and tedious process. This is all going to change. What we are looking at going to now is more of a “Rolling-Release” model, first for our utilities & system packages, and eventually for the FreeBSD base itself.
Read the whole post: Status update and future plans
Distrowatch has favourable review of recently released PC-BSD 9.1:
…”Nothing is perfect and PC-BSD does have an Achilles’ heel, specifically hardware compatibility. As much as I enjoyed the polish and the features and the wonderful ease of use, I suspect hardware support will be the make or break issue for most people. On my desktop machine I could get PC-BSD working, but only with reduced resolution and video performance. On my laptop things basically worked well, but it took a little tinkering to get my wireless card up and running. When running the operating system in a virtual machine I installed the VirtualBox guest additions, but couldn’t get PC-BSD to display its desktop at full resolution. Luckily hardware support with PC-BSD is not a trial and error process, the hardware compatibility tool takes the surprises out of testing the distribution, even when running from the plain installation media.
I definitely recommend trying PC-BSD. This new release has really taken a step forward in usability and features compared to where the project was even a year ago. I would say 9.1 brings to the table a level of ease of use and trouble-free administration only found in a few of the top ranking Linux distributions. It is well worth the time to test drive this latest release.”
You can read the review in its entirety here: Making computing easier: PC-BSD 9.1.
If you’re not going to install PC-BSD 9.1 but are curious what it looks like, have a look at the screenshots on Chris Haney’s website.
The Arch Linux distribution has been modified to run off the FreeBSD 9.0 kernel as an alternative to using Linux. The developer of ArchBSD explained his reasoning as enjoying FreeBSD while also liking the Arch Linux philosophy of a ‘fast, lightweight, optimized distro’.
NetworkWorld has published a very positive review of FreeNAS:
“It takes something different to stand out in the crowded network-attached storage market. How does free, as in free beer and free speech, sound? Overall, FreeNAS offers a very positive story, with flexibility, ease of management, good performance – and a price that can’t be beat.”
At this point things are looking to be in good shape, I’m calling this a BETA because I’m very conservative, and because encryption can go wrong in such grand fashion. I’d rather this image wasn’t used for critical or production use. Make sure to have backups!