Miscelaneous FreeBSD news updates (Calligra, EC2, Dev’s Corner, GhostBSD)

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 is now available

The FreeNAS development team has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1.  This is the first public release of the 8.3.0 branch of FreeNAS, which upgrades the underlying base system of FreeNAS to FreeBSD 8.3-RELEASE-p7. This update brings with it version 28 of the ZFS filesystem, as well as a number of updates to the drivers and utilities in the base system.

FreeNAS 8.2.0 brought with it the ability to install plugins, this functionality is present in FreeNAS 8.3.0 as well.  At the moment upgrading the plugin jail to the version included with FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 will cause plugins to stop working and will require re-installation and reconfiguration of all plugins to resume normal operation.  It is recommended to avoid upgrading working components of the plugin system.

ZFS v28 includes several features such as the ability to detach a dedicated ZIL device, triple parity RAIDZ, and deduplication.  There are numerous caveats to using deduplication, please do some research into the possible caveats of using dedup before enabling it.

Take Note, upgrading an existing ZFS pool is a one way street, once the upgrade is done it is not possible to use older versions of FreeNAS, nor is it possible to downgrade your pool.  This upgrade can be done by running zpool upgrade from the CLI, it is not done automatically via the upgrader, nor is there a way to do the upgrade from the GUI.

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 can be downloaded from this location this location.

FreeNAS is shaping up to become one of the best, free NAS operating systems

PC-BSD 9.1-BETA1 available for testing

The PC-BSD Team has announced BETA1 of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 and the images have been uploaded.

This beta provides both users and developers a way to test out the new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release.

PC-BSD 9.1 comes with some exciting new features that will make things a lot easier for home/office users and administrators. There’s better sound configuration, support for running Linux in jails, multiple boot environments etc.

Other highlight are:

  • FreeBSD 9.1
  • KDE 4.8.4
  • New system installer! Greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
  • New “PC-BSD Server” installation option. Includes command-line utilities like pbi-manager, warden, metapkgmanager and more.
  • Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
  • Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
  • Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as compression, noexec, etc.
  • Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
  • Support for Warden to create Linux Jails
  • New “Hardware compatibility” GUI
  • First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
  • New Bluetooth paring tray / GUI utilities.
  • New AppCafe improvements and preferences
  • Improvements to wifi utility
  • Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
  • Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities
  • Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.
  • ZFS beadm support

Happy testing.