Released: FreeNAS 0.7.1 (Shere)

FreeNAS 0.7.1 (Shere) was released today. This version is a maintenance release of FreeNAS 0.7 and it improves
the functions and the translations of WebGUI.

It also introduces a few new features such as

  • AIO (asynchronous I/O) support in CIFS/SMB – Samba
  • ATAPI CAM with iSCSI target (device pass-through)
  • Custom script in Email Report
  • Serial console support for headless servers/devices
  • A raw device, ZFS volume for the extent of iSCSI target
  • iSCSI removable device and control (DVD/tape emulation)

Other changes are:

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.9.
  • Upgrade istgt to version 20100407.
  • Upgrade msmtp to 1.4.19.
  • Upgrade transmission to 1.92.
  • Upgrade PHP to 5.2.12 (Thanks to Xin LI).
  • Upgrade fuppes to 0.660.
  • Upgrade rsync to 3.0.7.
  • Upgrade inadyn-mt to 02.18.14.
  • Upgrade netatalk to 2.0.5.
  • Upgrade bash to 4.0.35.
  • Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.26.
  • Upgrade proftpd to 1.3.2e.
  • Upgrade iSCSI initiator to 2.2.4.
  • Upgrade sipcalc to 1.1.5.
  • Upgrade nano to 2.2.3.

Minor changes:

  • Add iSCSI target removable media control.
  • Modify Samba default buffer size.
  • Modify Tuning values.
  • Add new MIB in System|Advanced|sysctl.conf.
  • Add English, Italian and Polish UTF-8 with English menu in File Manager (quixplorer) and set European language files to UTF-8.
  • Set all European WebGUI languages to UTF-8.
  • Restrict NFS sharing directory with alldirs.
  • Add serial console support.
  • Add aio(asynchronous I/O) support but default is disabled.
  • Modify /mnt and /tmp permission.
  • Add custom script in email report.
  • Add Japanese in File Manager (quixplorer).
  • Add incomplete directory in Services|BitTorrent.

For more details, have a look at the changelog.

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PC-BSD 8-Stable testing snapshots

Kris Moore announced bi-weekly snapshots for PC-BSD 8-Stable

Our first PC-BSD 8-Stable snapshot is now ready for testing / inspection on i386 & amd64:

In the upcoming months I’m going to try and get out a stable snapshot on a bi-weekly basis or so. This will let us do advanced testing on new features of PC-BSD, as well as try the latest ports tree and FreeBSD base system to locate and fix bugs relating to them all.

Please feel free to give them a whirl, and report back with any issues found. If you want to take a look at features we are working onand their status please refer to the wiki page.

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m0n0wall 1.31 Released

Manual Kasper has announced the release of m0n0wall 1.31. This is a quick summary of the changes since 1.3:

  • 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

Downloads and Changelog | m0n0wall website

Audio presentations: 1 pfSense and 2 BSD for Linux Users

Dru Lavigne has uploaded the audio file of her presentation at SCALE 2010 talk on BSD for Linux Users is now available in mp3 format. Slides are available as PDF

She also mentioned an mp3 of a NYCBUG session on PFSense II, Rocking The Datacenter.

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.

(Free)BSD quick news and links

FreeBSD

  • Returning committer: Niels Heinen (ports) (07/03/2010)
  • New committer: Neel Natu (src) (03/03/2010)

PC-BSD

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.

OpenBSD

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

GhostBSD 1.0 news

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.