FreeNAS 9.1.0-RC1 is now available

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Alfred Perlstein has announced the availability of FreeNAS 9.1.0-RC1.

This is the first release candidate for FreeNAS 9.1.0. We have passed a great alpha and rolling beta cycle with many bug fixes and regressions fixed. At this point, only bug fixes and regressions will be addressed.

Release Notes for FreeNAS 9.1.0-RC1:

  • The image size increased in FreeNAS 9.1.0-ALPHA. The new size requires a 4 GB storage device.
  • The GUI upgrade can be used to upgrade a system from BETA3 or BETA4, but upgrades from earlier releases can only be done from the CD. The other option is to save the config, reinstall the new version, then restore the config.

Some of the major changes:

  1. Version 9.1-STABLE of FreeBSD with performance improvements, bug fixes, and updated software packages.
  2. Many improvements to the ZFS filesystem, including feature flags,TRIM support, enhanced drive removal notification, LZ4 compression, improved ARC memory reclamation and reliability improvements. 
  3. Improved Plugin Jail subsystem which supports multiple jails and an enhanced UI including enhancements from PC-BSD Warden.
  4. Improved Volume manager including auto optimization of volumes for performance.
  5. Improvements to the encryption subsystem.
  6. Documentation enhancements.
  7. Increased base image size to 3.7GB.
  8. GUI UPGRADES FROM FREENAS 8.X ARE NOT SUPPORTED (due to image size #7)

Check the forum post for all the details.

Interview with PC-BSD Kris Moore at Texas Linux Fest

pc-bsd logo 100x100Petescan321, a freelance computer technician, had an opportunity to interview Kris Moore, founder of the PC-BSD project, at the recent Texas Linux Fest.

In this short interview they mainly talk about PC-BSD’s package management and window managers.

Kris was asked the following question.

  • Who are you and what do you work in?
  • What are the main advantages of using PC-BSD, especially for someone who comes from a Linux background?
  • It’s different in Linux, where you get a tarball, and then it’s like how do I install it? Yet having everything organized and one way to download it, [is much better].
  • What do you think about the Desktop wars that have been going on lately? Like GNOME 3.
  • So being a rolling release its always up to date. And it’s very stable?
  • Kris Moore: ZFS will change your life. (thanks sg1efc)

Read Kris’ replies in Interview with Kris Moore at Texas Linux Fest

 

FreeNAS 9.1.0 BETA images available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS development team has announced the availability of FreeNAS 9.1.0-BETA images.

Images can be downloaded from freenas downloads section. The best improvement, I think, is that the jail plugin for any plugins you want to download is now included in the install image and does not need to be downloaded and installed separately.

FreeNAS 9.1.0-BETA has many major improvements:

  1. Version 9.1.0-STABLE of FreeBSD with performance improvements, bug fixes, and updated software packages.
  2. Many improvements to the ZFS filesystem, including feature flags, TRIM support, enhanced drive removal notification, improved ARC memory reclamation and reliability improvements.
  3. Improved Plugin Jail subsystem which supports multiple jails and an enhanced UI including enhancements from PC-BSD Warden.
  4. Improved Volume manager including auto optimization of volumes for performance.
  5. Improvements to the encryption subsystem.
  6. Documentation enhancements.

As always, beta versions are for testing purposes only. Feel free to notify the FreeNAS team of any bugs you may find.

Download FreeNAS 9.1-BETA | Announcement | FreeNAS website

PC-BSD Status Update – the future

PC-BSD LogoKris, the PC-BSD founder and lead developer, has set out his plan on the PC-BSD Developers mailinglist for the upcoming version(s) of PC-BSD.

In a nutshell:

  • PKGNG repos will be updated at a set day in the month
  • PC-BSD will come with the GRUB bootloader
  • ZFS is going to be the cornerstone of PC-BSD
  • PC-BSD is going to be release as 64bit only (drops i386 platform)

make ZFS the cornerstone of the PC-BSD/TrueOS experience. This will bring features such as ZFS “Boot-Environments”, including the ability to boot directly
from them at the boot-loader. [...] Re-focusing on solely on ZFS as our default file-system [...]

… we’ve decided to drop the i386 builds going forward, and instead
focus on a single 64bit architecture.

I understand Kris reasons for moving on (ZFS, 64bit only), but I can see that a number of current PC-BSD users with slower and/or i386 systems will feel left behind.

Will this affect you?

TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance now Citrix Certified

ixsystems logoiXsystems, the all-around FreeBSD company that builds FreeBSD certified servers and storage solutions, has announced that their TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance has been now been certified as Citrix Ready.

“The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking, and cloud computing solutions from Citrix. TrueNAS completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix XenServer®, providing confidence in joint solution compatibility.

The Citrix Ready program makes it easy for customers to identify complementary products and solutions that can enhance Citrix environments. Customers can be confident that TrueNAS™ has successfully passed a series of tests established by Citrix, and can be trusted to work effectively with XenServer to keep virtual machines available and business running smoothly.

TrueNAS has been verified for use with XenServer through both NFS and iSCSI. TrueNAS includes a wide variety of protocols and services to support both file-based and block-based usage. Completion of Citrix Ready verification is a step forward, confirming TrueNAS’s ability to integrate into virtualized environments. Many iXsystems clients already back their XenServer infrastructure with TrueNAS, enjoying easy management and reliable performance.

As a member of the Citrix Ready program, we are able to offer our clients intelligent solutions that combine TrueNAS unified storage with Citrix XenServer,” said Peter Allen, Applied Engineering Specialist. “The offering demonstrates our plans to work with trusted partners, through the Citrix Ready partner ecosystem, in order to provide the highest quality experience for our clients.”

The TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance is Trusted to Enhance Citrix Virtualization Solutions

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD vs Debian 7.0 GNU/Linux

debian_logoWith the new Debian 7.0 Wheezy released, it was time for Phoronix to update some benchmarks comparing Debian GNU/kFreeBSD vs Debian 7.0: Debian GNU/kFreeBSD vs Debian 7.0 GNU/Linux. The outcomes have not changed much since last December’s test: Debian is overall slightly faster.

This is just for info only, let’s not get into Debian vs FreeBSD discussion.

I just wonder why the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is used as project name. Well, I understand why, but it’s such a mouthful. Why not rename the project to DebianBSD or DebBSD?

About Debian GNU/kFreeBSD: Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is an operating system released by the Debian project, which uses the FreeBSD kernel, instead of the Linux kernel. “kFreeBSD” stands for “”kernel of FreeBSD” and “GNU/kFreeBSD” means “GNU with kernel of FreeBSD”. By combining a FreeBSD kernel with GNU based userland, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD supports PF, ZFS, Jails, NDIS drivers and is potentially less vulnerable to legal challenges.

PC-BSD Hardware Store Opened

PC-BSD LogoJosh Smith has announced the initial launch of the PC-BSD hardware store. This resource is meant to make it easier to find hardware that has been tested to work on PC-BSD.

FreeBSD and PC-BSD are known to be quite particular with regards to hardware support, but now you can check or buy via the PC-BSD store hardware that is known to be working on PC-BSD, and therefore also on FreeBSD. Obviously you can always check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes that come out with each release, e.g. FreeBSD 10 Current9.0, 9.1 or 8.3.

So, if you want to make sure that your hardware is supported by PC-BSD or FreeBSD check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes, PC-BSD wiki hardware section or the PC-BSD Hardware Store. (via)