Newcons coming to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

debian_logoFreeBSD vt(4) – commonly known as “Newcons”-, which is planned to replace Syscons as the default FreeBSD console, is now available on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.

Newcons provides many interesting new features, such as KMS support, Unicode, double-width CJK characters, etc.

The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD team are now looking for volunteers: Newcons coming to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD (testers wanted!)

Set up BitTorrent Sync in FreeNAS with Plugin (howto)

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoBen Milman from iXsystems has put together a tutorial (How to Set Up FreeNAS with BitTorrent Sync Using a Plugin) showing step-by-step how to install and set up BitTorrent Sync on FreeNAS.

BitTorrent Sync is a free, unlimited, secure file-syncing app which can be easily installed through the BitTorrent Sync plugin for FreeNAS. FreeNAS enables users to build network-attached-storage (NAS) on nearly any hardware platform of their choosing. There is an old tutorial on the BitTorrent blog showing how to configure BitTorrent Sync yourself, but with Josh Ruehlig’s plugin it’s a lot easier now.

If you are using FreeNAS and you need to sync and share large files with anybody via secure, distributed technology, try out the BitTorrent Sync plugin with these install notes.

Links: FreeNAS website | BitTorrent Sync

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

FreeNAS 9.2.1-RELEASE announced

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoAfter one BETA, two Release Candidates, and many nightly builds, The FreeNAS team has announced FreeNAS 9.2.1-RELEASE.

Jordan Hubbard writes: “FreeNAS 9.2.0 was a great release, and we’re pleased to say that FreeNAS 9.2.1 is even better. Since 9.2.0 was released, we have fixed over 189 bugs, added new features, polished the UI, and improved the performance of FreeNAS even further. The documentation has also been updated for 9.2.1, though the source code is still a useful reference for features like the web API, which comes with several examples in the source tree. For the first time, we are also publishing an errata list for 9.2.1 so people will know about known issues that were not deemed severe enough to be ‘show stoppers’ for this release.”

Links: FreeNAS website | Announcement | Download | FreeNAS Forums

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

BSD Now Episode 22: Journaled News-Updates (video)

bsd_now_logoThe bsdnow.tv team has uploaded a new episode: Journaled News-Updates, featuring an interview with George Neville-Neil. In this episode you will hear hosts Allan Jude and Kris Moore chat about the following topics:

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iXsystems announces PC-BSD 10: Propelling the BSD Desktop

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Following the announcement of PC-BSD 10.0 on the PC-BSD blog, iXsystems has released a press release to announce the new achievement: PC-BSD 10: Propelling the BSD Desktop Experience to New Heights

From the PR release:

iXsystems, Inc. is delighted to announce the release of PC-BSD 10: Joule Edition! This major new version of the PC-BSD desktop operating system brings in a wide variety of improvements to both its own tools and software from the wider open source community. Most users will notice the replacement of GNOME 2 with MATE, as well as the revamped Life Preserver backup utility that makes use of ZFS replication. The underlying operating system has been updated to FreeBSD 10, which brings in many performance and driver improvements, including updated AMD video drivers.

The largest change since PC-BSD 9 is the replacement of GNOME 2 with its successor desktop, MATE. MATE is a fork of GNOME 2 that seeks to preserve the traditional desktop metaphor. GNOME 3 and Cinnamon are also available as unsupported desktops – GNOME 3 is the latest desktop from the GNOME project, and Cinnamon provides a variant on the GNOME desktop experience from Linux Mint. With these additions and the latest versions of XFCE, LXDE, and KDE, PC-BSD offers a complete array of modern desktop environments for users to choose from.

PC-BSD provides an incredible array of custom tools and utilities, and most of them have been improved with this release. The biggest change is to the PC-BSD Life Preserver, which now operates via ZFS snapshots and offers the ability to quickly retrieve files from previous versions of the filesystem. Your entire disk of data can also be automatically replicated to a remote system using the same ZFS revision, such as FreeBSD 10 or FreeNAS 9.2. Should your existing disk drive crash, it is possible to recover directly from the remote replication using the PC-BSD DVD/USB installer. A new disk management tool for managing ZFS volumes after installation has also been added in this release as well as a new Qt based graphical login manager (PCDM), replacing the legacy GDM login manager.

The PC-BSD installation process has been improved as well. There is now a single file to download, which can be used for either a USB or DVD installation. The installer now offers a choice of graphical or text mode, making it just as easy to use for server installation as for desktops. The installer now offers GRUB as the recommended bootloader, with support for ZFS boot environments. This allows users to backup the entire boot environment of PC-BSD before attempting upgrades or hazardous operations, and boot back into them later if something goes wrong.

Joe Maloney, an Assistant Network Administrator with Sumner Communications who runs pkgdemon.com and recently joined the PC-BSD project as a volunteer developer, told iXsystems about his experience using PC-BSD at his day job.

“Currently four out of five of us in our Internet Technical Support Department use PC-BSD. Recently I’ve implemented EasyPBI to create installers for our work applications. I run PC-BSD 10; I’d say each release keeps getting better and better. My favorite PC-BSD features are Ports Jail, the Warden, and ZFS support for RAID-Z, snapshots, and rollbacks.””

PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE (Joule) released

pc-bsd_logoClosely tracking the release cycle of FreeBSD, Kris Moore has now announced the availability of PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE.

Some of the most notable features in this release are:

  • Includes FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate (Replaces Gnome2) and Cinnamon

A more complete list can be found on the PC-BSD wiki: What’s New in 10.0.

Links: PC-BSD site | Announcement | Download | Forums

About PC-BSD: PC-BSD is a Unix-like, user-friendly desktop operating system built upon the most recent releases of FreeBSD. The PC-BSD project is sponsored by iXsystems, and aims to be easy-to-install by using a graphical installation program, and easy-to-use by providing a number of open source desktop environments. PC-BSD also comes with its custom-tailored Push Button Installer (PBI) application installer.