- various IPv6 improvements (in DNS forwarder, DHCPv6, AYIYA, etc.)
- bridge “disable spoof check” option (for non-m0n0wall DHCP and multicast)
- fans/temperature monitoring on status page for supported platforms (unfortunately Soekris/PC Engines not included
- fix for OpenSSL session renegotiation vulnerability (-> HTTPS webGUI)
- patch to DHCP server daemon to reduce lease file growth
pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution.
- Returning committer: Niels Heinen (ports) (07/03/2010)
- New committer: Neel Natu (src) (03/03/2010)
1. Quick Poll – which pages would you like to see printed from Dru’s latest book in the upcoming BSD Magazine issue?
2. How does PC-BSD 8.0 compare with Kubuntu 9.10? This is probably comparing apples with pears, but for those liking comparison reviews, check PC-BSD 8.0 vs. Kubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks
In a majority of the tests, Kubuntu 9.10 performed better than PC-BSD 8.0, but the tests we used in this article are just a subset of what is available to run on both platforms via the Phoronix Test Suite so for those deciding between running PC-BSD / FreeBSD it is important to run the tests relevant to you and also consider the other features at hand for both free software operating systems.
3. PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager
PC-BSD is a desktop-oriented, FreeBSD-based distribution with KDE as the default desktop environment. The version due to be released shortly is PC-BSD 8. Because it the only BSD-based desktop distribution that’s in a position to compete with the best Linux desktop distributions, I’ll be publishing a number of articles over the next few weeks to introduce those not yet familiar with it to some of its management tools. This post takes a look at the graphical firewall manager.
OpenSSH 5.4 released
Damien Miller (djm@) posted to announce@ with the announcement of OpenSSH 5.4. Some highlights of this release are the disabling of protocol 1 by default, certificate authentication, a new ‘netcat mode’, many changes on the sftp front (both client and server) and a collection of assorted bugfixes. The new release can already be found on a large number of mirrors and of course on www.openssh.com.
Please read on for the full release announcement
Eric Turgeon has announced that GhostBSD 1.0 will be released next week, and will have FreeBSD 8.0 as its base. The release will feature the new green theme.
Green is not really my colour, and the same applies to Ubuntu’s brown colour scheme (though it’s going to be light in 10.04), but colour schemes and themes are easy to change to one’s liking.
After having tried and reviewed FreeBSD 8, Jesse Smith has now taken PC-BSD 8 for a spin, and he’s overall very pleased with the speed, ease-of-use and the hardware support for his desktop PC. He is also very impressed with the PC-BSD Installer and its Package Manager.
He concludes his review with:
While on the topic of other operating systems, it’s hard for me, as a long-time Linux user, not to constantly compare PC-BSD to the penguin. Usually, these comparisons turn out favourably for PC-BSD. For example, PC-BSD runs faster on my systems than most of the full-sized Linux distributions and it generally used less memory. My notebook has an Intel video card and it’s a card that has tripped up some of the more popular distros, but PC-BSD handled it without any problems. Likewise, sound worked on both of my machines without any tweaking, a feat Linux isn’t always able to match. Some people might not like the PBI self-contained packaging approach, but the OS supports more traditional forms of package management, ensuring PBI files do not have to be used.
After using PC-BSD for a week, I’m very impressed with the project. With the exception of some of my notebook’s hardware, I ran into no serious problems. Fortunately the live DVD makes it easy to test hardware before committing to installation. The installer is a work of art, the package manager is easy to use, even for less experienced users. The desktop is attractive, stable and responsive on my machines. The documentation, which builds on the FreeBSD Handbook, is first class and the system’s defaults are reasonable. Having popular codecs and Flash pre-installed is a nice touch and makes PC-BSD ready-to-go straight out of the box. In my opinion, this operating system isn’t quite as user-friendly as Mandriva Linux or Linux Mint, but it’s not far behind and, on my hardware, it performs faster. In my eyes, PC-BSD is ready for The Desktop.
Full review: Taking a look at PC-BSD 8.0 (distrowatch.org)
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:
- ostatic.com – PC-BSD goes gold
- phoronix.com – PC-BSD 8.0 Released For A Polished, Friendlier FreeBSD Desktop
- h-online.com – PC-BSD 8.0 “Hubble Edition” arrives
- linuxbsdos.com – PC-BSD 8 review
- unixmen.com – PC BSD 8.0 release made BSD much easier for desktop use
The FreeNAS developers have released a small update/bugfix vresion, version 0.7.1:
- 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
- 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