PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE now available

PC-BSD LogoThe PC-BSD development team have announced the availability of PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE

Some of te 9.2-RELEASE Highlights are

  • Based on FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE.
  • Bootable ZFS Boot Environments: using GRUB2, any new ZFS boot-environments created via the “beadm” command will be added to the boot-loader and available at boot-time.
  • Re-written Life-Preserver utility: allows you to instantly create ZFS snapshots, restore files, and replicate data to a remote system or mirror to an additional local disk drive.
  • Updated installer allows restoring the entire system from a replicated ZFS backup.
  • New Boot Manager GUI: allows managing ZFS boot-environments and GRUB menus in a single location.
  • PNGNG support: in addition to PBIs and the AppCafe, system admins and power users will now have access to a full PKGNG repository with frequent updates.
  • New version of AppCafe with new streamlining and PBI management functionality.
  • Warden updates
  • Graphical Package Manager: GUI supports basic or advanced mode, which allows full package management / upgrades.
  • Home directory encryption: PEFS based encryption allows users to encrypt their home-directory contents with their login password, which is only unencrypted while logged in.
  • Boot times improved substantially
  • Binary “freebsd-update” server implemented allowing updates to different PC-BSD branches without re-compiling.

Check the Release Announcement for more details and upgrade/installation instructions.

pfSense 2.1, pfSense Gold Subscription and ESF

pfsense-logoChris Buechler has announced pfSense 2.1, a free, powerful, open source firewall and security solution.

Don’t be deceived by the .1 version number as it comes with a whole slew of new features. pfSense 2.1 is based on FreeBSD 8.3, comes with support for PC-BSD’s PBI package management, includes new hardware drivers and security updates, and many IPv6 updates.

A list with all the changes and additions can be found here.

It was also announced that there is now a $99 pfSense Gold Subscription.

pfSense Gold Subscription is our $99 per year premium membership subscription program, designed to provide special benefits to our members while supporting ongoing development of the Open Source pfSense project.  We hope this dual benefit will make Gold a program worth subscribing to.

The company behind pfSense has changed its name from BSD Perimeter to ESF. You will never guess what ESF stands for….. Electric Sheep Fencing.

bsdnow.tv Podcast – Episode 1

bsdnow1Allan Jude and Kris Moore, founder of the PC-BSD project, have set up and are hosting a weekly video podcast at bsdnow.tv.

The show is dedicated to spreading the word about the BSD family of operating systems, and keeping those who are already aware up to date with the latest news and developments.

The first episode is now available. Allan and Kris discuss the following subjects:

  • Radeon KMS commited
  • VeriSign Embraces FreeBSD
  • fetch/libfetch get a makeover
  • FreeBSD Foundation Semi-Annual Newsletter
  • The place to B…SD
  • Interview – Peter Hessler
  • Using stunnel to hide your traffic from Deep Packet Inspection
  • NetBSD 6.1.1 released
  • Sudo Mastery
  • Documentation Infrastructure Enhancements
  • FreeBSD FIBs get new features
  • FreeNAS 9.1.0 and 9.1.1 released
  • BSD licensed “patch” becomes default

FreeNAS 9.1.1 released

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoJordan Hubbard has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.1.1, which fixes some issues that have come to light in FreeNAS 9.1. Some of them were cosmetic issues,, others were outright bugs such as 32-bit plugins that were not working.

A few features that were known to be broken, such as AIO in Samba3 or IPv6 in plugin jails, were also disabled to avoid people shooting their feet off.

Finally, a number of important ZFS stability fixes were also picked up from the TrueOS repo during the creation of 9.1.1-RELEASE.

Users will be able to download the images for the i386 and x64 architectures. A complete list of changes and updates can be found in the announcement. Download the FreeNAS 9.1.1 here.

About FreeNAS: FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based (nanobsd) and BSD licensed open source Network Attached Storage Platform developed by iXsystems, that has been optimised to support file storage and files sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.

GhostBSD 3.5-BETA2 is now available

ghostbsd_logoEric Turgeon announced a couple of days ago GhostBSD 3.5-BETA2 operating system is available for download and testing.

The second beta build of the 3.5 development release is now available on SourceForge with LXDE and Xfce on amd64 and i386 architectures. Please be aware this release provides users, beta testers and developers with a system to test out new features in the upcoming release. It may contain buggy code and features, so we encourage you to run it only on non-critical systems.

Being based on FreeBSD 9.2 RC2, GhostBSD 3.5 Beta 2 comes with improved 64-bit drivers packages, as well as with fixed packages for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

This release is distributed only with the Xfce and LXDE desktop environments. The MATE and Openbox desktops are not yet ready, but the developer promises that they will be available in the next Beta release.

Changes between -BETA1 and -BETA2 include:

  • FreeBSD BETA2 to RC2.
  • Fix amd64 divers packages.
  • Fix amd64 and i386 packages.

Please remember this is a beta release and should not be used in a production environment.

About GhostBSD: GhostBSD is a user-friendly, FreeBSD-based operating system, for the desktop featuring the MATE, LXDE and OpenBox desktop environments. GhostBSD is aimed at home and office users and  comes with a graphical user interface and installer. GhostBSD can be used as a live CD or installed onto a hard disk.

GhostBSD 3.5-BETA1 (xfce) available

ghostbsd_logoEric Tureon has announced the availability of the first Xfce beta development images for the upcoming GhostBSD 3.5.

This release provides users and developers with a system to test out new features in the upcoming release.

Some of the new changes and additions are:

  • FreeBSD 9.2
  • Gnome2 replace with Mate 1.6
  • Xfce 4.10
  • Updated Installer updated
  • GTP disk scheme supported by the installer
  • Installer free disk option added
  • Portupgrade has been added to manage update and install software with FreeBSD ports.
  • Pkgng available to install software.

As always, beta software is for testing purposes only. If you come across any issues or bugs, please notify the developer(s).