There’s also a free chapter available of Learning FreeNAS.
FrugalNYC has been using FreeNAS a lot over the last few weeks and put together some useful posts:
Are you using FreeNAS yet? Please let us know in the comments below how (backup server, file server) and where (at home / work)
It’s been quiet around DesktopBSD the last few months. It’s been a looooong time since the last stable release, and many months since the last publicly available snapshot. There aren’t any blog updates and the svn.desktopbsd.net subdomain is dead.
The forums are quite quiet; not as busy as they used to be.
I emailed Peter Hofer, the founder of the project, but have not heard from him since. Others are complaining about this too.
Anybody aware of what’s happening with DesktopBSD? Please let us know in the comments.
Robert Watson has announced the release of OpenBSM 1.1 beta 1; this is a test snapshot of OpenBSM 1.1. The following are the change notes from the OpenBSM NEWS file included with this release:
- The filesz parameter in audit_control(5) now accepts suffixes: ‘B’ for Bytes, ‘K’ for Kilobytes, ‘M’ for Megabytes, and ‘G’ for Gigabytes. For legacy support no suffix defaults to bytes.
- Audit trail log expiration support added. It is configured in audit_control(5) with the expire-after parameter. If there is no expire-after parameter in audit_control(5), the default, then the audit trail files are not expired and removed. See audit_control(5) for more information.
- Change defaults in audit_control: warn at 5% rather than 20% free for audit partitions, rotate automatically at 2mb, and set the default policy to cnt,argv rather than cnt so that execve(2) arguments are captured if AUE_EXECVE events are audited. These may provide more usable defaults for many users.
- Use au_domain_to_bsm(3) and au_socket_type_to_bsm(3) to convert au_to_socket_ex(3) arguments to BSM format.
- Fix error encoding AUT_IPC_PERM tokens.
OpenBSM releases and snapshots can be downloaded from the OpenBSM project web page.
This test release is known to build and run (to varying degrees) on FreeBSD 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and OpenSuse Linux.
- FreeBSD 7.1-Stable
- Xorg 7.4
- KDE 4.2
As you will remember the PC-BSD version numbering changed last year to reflect the version of the underlying FreeBSD system. PC-BSD 7.1 is based on FreeBSD 7.1 (stable)
There were some initial problems with the Xorg update to 7.4 which caused a new slew of problems which had to be fixed before even getting to alpha quality. It looks like Xorg 7.4 is the cause of some problems, but they should be fixed up inthe ports a bit more right now.
Here’s the DVD ISO for 32bit to play with:
MD5 (PCBSD7.1-ALPHA1-x86-DVD.iso) = 1de22b5129211e745ec53bb9fceea7fd
This is ALPHA quality, expect bugs, but please report them to help us improve the software. This will require a fresh install, the upgrade
portion will be working later on, after the new System Installer is committed and included.
Should you come across any problems or bugs, please report them to the PC-BSD Testing mailinglist.
Adriaan de Groot has posted some feedback on his initial experiences with PC-BSD:
It would never do to return from FOSDEM with the same OS on my laptop as when I left; so now I have been running PC-BSD instead of OpenSolaris for a week;
For the rest I’m bouncing back and forth between “that’s really cool” and “it’s FreeBSD, of course it works.” I won’t comment on the package management system (PBI, alongside the usual FreeBSD ports) or installation (graphical, instead of the FreeBSD text-based one). Instead, it’s the KDE4 that is delivered with PC-BSD.
PC-BSD is interesting because it is a KDE4-only setup; version 7.0 comes with KDE 4.1.3. The whole point of the distro is to deliver a polished, intergrated version of FreeBSD with KDE4 on it. There was recently a question on the dot: “which distro would you recommend?” Well, there’s only one that I know of that wholeheartedly delivers KDE4 and nothing else. That’s a good kind of fixation to have (and of course, portinstall gnome2 is always a possibility; then you get a fairly pristine GNOME2 built from source).
Some of my other favourite things with KDE4 show up again as well, like the hands on the clock being weird under a combination of resizing and theme changes. SlimGlow might – just might – be my favourite theme, but it too needs a good hammering to get the gradients out (not relevant for PC-BSD, but for some thin client applications). There’s some inconsistency in the icons .. oh, wait, that’s supposed to be a satellite dish .. for network status, but that is somewhat manageable.
Anyway, this is wandering away from PC-BSD and into KDE 4.1.3 review territory, because it comes down to this: PC-BSD delivers a KDE4 experience very close to what the KDE project itself produces as source. It’s nice. I like it that way.
To check the pfSense section, skip to minute 16:53
Watch of download the video on hak5.org.