PC-BSD 8.0 in blogosphere

PC-BSD 8.0 was released last week. Version 8.0 of this desktop-friendly and user-friendly FreeBSD version seems to be liked, mentioned and welcomed on many websites. The announcement made it even on the BSD-undriendly Slashdot.

Some other sites:

Released: FreeNAS 0.7.1

The FreeNAS developers have released a small update/bugfix vresion, version 0.7.1:

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.9
  • Upgrade istgt to version 20100125
  • Upgrade msmtp to 1.4.19
  • Upgrade transmission to 1.76
  • Upgrade PHP to 5.2.12
  • Upgrade fuppes to 0.660
  • Upgrade rsync to 3.0.7
  • Upgrade inadyn-mt to 02.18.08
  • Upgrade netatalk to 2.0.5
  • Upgrade bash to 4.0.35
  • Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.25
  • Upgrade proftpd to 1.3.2c

Minors changes:

  • Modify Samba default buffer size
  • Modify Tuning values
  • Add new MIB in System|Advanced|sysctl.conf
  • Add UTF-8 with English menu in File Manager (quixplorer)
  • Restrict NFS sharing directory with alldirs
  • Add serial console support

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FreeNAS 0.8 Roadmap

Olivier Cochard-Labbé has added a roadmap page to the FreeNAS website: FreeNAS 0.8 roadmap.

We can already see a positive impact from iXsystem‘s takeover of the  FreeNAS project: “Refactor the build system” and the “one click binary installs”. Two features that PC-BSD (another iXsystems project) already has. PC-BSD has the Push Button GUI installer and iXsystems also provides the hardware for the build servers.

From the roadmap:

Blocking Features

  • Development on FreeBSD RELENG_8. Release, depending on timeframe may be based on a RELENG_8 snapshot or 8.1-RELEASE
  • Migrate off m0n0wall
  • Migrate GUI to django
  • Add support for ada and ahci SATA drivers
  • Add optional SoftUpdates + Journaling support to UFS2 filesystems
  • Migration path/tool for previous releases and configurations
  • Preservation of all existing features of the current FreeNAS release
  • Refactor FreeNAS build system to allow building FreeNAS without affecting the host environment

Non-Blocking Features

  • FreeNAS package support. Binary one click installs that modify the GUI dynamically.

We’re looking forward to the first iXsystems FreeNAS release.

BSD Router Project: New Kern, New Protocols

The BSD Router Project (BSDRP) has released version 0.32 of its free embedded router distribution (previously mentioned here)

BSD Router Project (BSDRP) is an embedded open source router distribution based on FreeBSD with Quagga and XORP that fit on a 512Mb Compact Flash/USB.

Based on FreeBSD 8.0-Release-p2, the release comes with the new options ”show memory” and ”show traffic”, RCS revisioning for the configuration file and upload/download of data via SCP. Further new features include DHCP relay, NetFlow probes, the Link-Layer Discovery Protocol, (in OpenLLDP) and the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP). A Userland variant has replaced the CARP implementation in the kernel and the Quagga routing software has been updated to version 0.99.15 (source)

Images for the BSD Router Project 0.32 will fit on a 512Mb Compact Flash/USB. The router distribution under the BSD license is available for download on the BSDRP homepage.

BSDRP Project Website | Features | Download

Released: PC-BSD 8.0 (Hubble Edition)

iXsystems has announced the availability of PC-BSD 8.0 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2, and KDE 4.3.5.

PC-BSD 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements over the 7.x series. For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog.

Some of the notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2
  • KDE 4.3.5
  • Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD
  • Run in Live mode directly from DVD
  • Updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly via the GUI
  • Support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64

From the press release:

iXsystems announced today the latest release of PC-BSD™, Version 8.0, Hubble Edition. This fully functional open source desktop operating system is built upon the new FreeBSD 8.0 release. FreeBSD is one of the most widely used UNIX-based operating systems, providing advanced performance and high levels of security and stability. The Hubble Edition contains a number of improvements and additions that make this release rock solid. The most notable features of PC-BSD 8.0 include a new system installer, integrated software manager, and a ports jail.

The new system installer is highly scriptable and contains many new features. Users may now upgrade from the previous release or restore from a backup created with Life-Preserver. With a single click, users can choose between the installation of PC-BSD or the traditional FreeBSD operating system. In addition, the installer provides support for ZFS on root partitions, Gmirroring of disks, and allows Geli disk encryption. This installer is perfect for a user installing on one machine or an Administrator installing on hundreds.

PC-BSD Hubble also features the ports console, which allows users to build and install ports in a jail environment without breaking the working desktop setup. The integrated Software Manager enhances PC-BSD’s general ease of use by allowing users to browse and install PBIs without launching a browser. The software manager also keeps the applications updated and allows users to recreate desktop icons at any time.

“PC-BSD Hubble Edition greatly enhances the users’ overall desktop experience, while offering new features for power users to take advantage of FreeBSD 8.0 improvements,” (Kris Moore)

PC-BSD websiteDownloadsChangelogRelease Notes

GhostBSD live DVD with an installer

The GhostBSD Team have released an updated BETA (Live DVD) with in installer. GhostBSD is a Gnome based FreeBSD Live DVD (not maintained by the official FreeBSD project)

I have finish a GhostBSD live DVD with an installer on it. But the installer its not a beta or an release. it just to promote and have help to finish thy installer. All are default on it. all is programmed in python and glade. You can find all the source code in /install path. The folder are pybakend and installer.

GhostBSD live DVD with an installer

Distrowatch interview with Kris Moore (PC-BSD 8)

Distrowatch interviewed Kris Moore, the main developer of PC-BSD. The conversation is mainly about the upcoming PC-BSD 8.

Recently, I had a chance to exchange some e-mails with Kris Moore (pictured on the right), the founder of the PC-BSD project. For those of you interested in the BSD scene, PC-BSD is a desktop operating system which uses FreeBSD as its base. The PC-BSD team has been busy recently, preparing for their 8.0 release. Mr Moore kindly agreed to answer a few questions, which I’ll share here with you.

Interview with Kris Moore, PC-BSD (Distrowatch)

The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD (Book)

PC-BSD 8.0 is almost here, and so is The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD. This book is written by Dru Lavigne and due to be published later this month, 28 February.

Since its initial release in early 2006, the PC-BSD operating system has quickly become a popular desktop for both novice and experienced computer users. Novice users are initially amazed that such an attractive looking operating system is available for free. They quickly learn that it is also easy to use, free from viruses and spyware, provides the applications they need to perform their computing tasks, and has a large selection of additional software to choose from. Advanced users appreciate that it is built on top of FreeBSD, an operating system known for its security and stability, yet it still allows them to explore and tweak the system to meet their needs.

Pre-order on amazon: The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD