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).

FreeBSD 9.2-RC2 now available

freebsd_logo_textThe FreeBSD Project has announced the second release candidate for FreeBSD 9.2.

From the announcement, the most important changes between -RC1 and -RC2 are:

  • Fix a boot issue caused by some GPT partitioning tools.
  • Fix a regression that caused some PCI disk controllers disappearing during boot.
  • Fix the FTP path used to fetch distribution packages when installing from the bootonly.iso.
  • Fix a regression in sendmail that caused problems between the resolver and Microsoft DNS servers with AAAA lookups.
  • Disable MSIs with Adaptec 2230S and 2820SA (aac(4)).
  • Update FTP mirror list used by bsdinstall(8) and bsdconfig(8).
  • Fix panics caused by early interrupts in igb(4).
  • Fix panics when downing or unloading the mlx(4) driver.

You can check out the announcement for update instructions and download locations.

Following this RC release, the PC-BSD project announced PC-BSD 9.2-RC2. Yes, as you will have guessed, it is based on FreeBSD 9.2-RC2.

As always, BETA and RC versions should only be used for testing and evaluation purposes,  and never in production!

Miscellaneous FreeBSD news and links (FreeBSD, CloudSigma, DEF CON, Apple, vBSDCon)

These are a number of links to interesting news items and links you may want to check out:

FreeBSD 9.2 Feature Highlight: ZFS General Improvements

Along with the many user facing changes discussed previously, there are also a number of internal changes to ZFS that will be available with the release of FreeBSD 9.2. [freebsdnow]

 

FreeBSD Can Compete With Ubuntu Linux, Windows 8

The NVIDIA BSD performance is very good for OpenGL as shown in this article with a comparison of Windows 8 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 vs. FreeBSD 9.1. In fact, for some OpenGL workloads the Linux games are running faster on FreeBSD/PC-BSD 9.1 than Ubuntu!  [Phoronix]

 

CloudSigma’s new website

CloudSigma, which based in Zurich (Switzerland) and provide FreeBSD VPS services in Europe, has announced it has a new and more intuitive website. CloudSigma was founded to meet the growing need for a pure IaaS that places little or no restrictions on how its users deploy their computing resources.

 

Apple’s Operating System Guru Goes Back to His Roots

Hubbard left Apple last month to return to the world of open source UNIX, taking the chief technology officer post at a iXsystems, a company that offers servers and other data center hardware that runs FreeBSD. Apple was quite an education, and now, he wants to bring the “Apple approach” back to the open source game. [wired.com].

 

vBSDcon 2013 Registrations Open

In these most recent months, we have been developing the vBSDcon conference website hosted at www.vbsdcon.com.  It includes full details surrounding the schedule, agenda, and speakers for vBSDcon.  The most recent addition to the conference website is that registrations are now open!  [Announcement].

There’s also a new interview with Verisign CTO Burt Kaliski on BSDTalk (bsdtalk230).

 

DEF CON 21 Recap

Mike Biehn, an iXsystems employee and a veteran of DEF CON attended DEF CON 21  a few weeks ago. DEF CON 21 Recap.

 

 JabirOS 1.0.1 released

We’re pleased to announce new release of “The new JabirOS” after a long time! This version is based on FreeBSD 9.2-RC1. In this version , we’ve added  ”OpenBox” as default window manager and “SLiM” as default display manager. [jabirproject.org]

 

DNSSEC @ MDLUG.org

Michael W. Lucas’s talk about DNSSEC (about 20 mins into the video).