Setting up your first NAS with FreeNAS

Benjamin Milman, of iXsystems, recently did a talk at Linux Fest Northwest 2014 showing users how to set up FreeNAS. Check out his informative session on setting up your first NAS below.

To view the official post with slides, head on over to the following link: http://www.ixsystems.com/whats-new/setting-up-your-first-nas-with-freenas-by-benjamin-milman/

pfSense 2.1.3 is released

pfsenseThe developers of pfSense have just released version 2.1.3. This version addresses security fixes seen in pfSense-SA-14_05.tcp and pfSense-SA-14_06.openssl. Other fixes include optimizations in the tools repository, and minor changes in OpenVPN, Correct Captive Portal, and DynDNS.

The pfSense® project is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface. 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.

To read the full release notes, head on over to the official pfSense digest page: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1272

GhostBSD focusing on MATE

ghostbsd_1The developers of GhostBSD have chosen to take a new direction with their desktop-oriented operating system. They have abandoned all desktop environments, including GNOME, to take on MATE. The desktop environment MATE is an offshoot of GNOME 2 featuring large improvements. You can try out MATE on GhostBSD 3.5. Version 4.0 is currently in the works and will feature MATE only.

GhostBSD is a user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. The project’s goal is to create an easy-to-use and familiar workspace that can be used at home or office and for data rescue. GhostBSD supports a number of popular lightweight desktop environments, including MATE, Xfce, LXDE and Openbox. It also provides FreeBSD’s package management system, Apache’s OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, LibreCAD, and Eclipse/Anjuta development environments for C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Jala and Python.

Check out the full announcement at: http://ghostbsd.org/node/197

PC-BSD vs. Ubuntu

PC-BSD Logoubuntu_logo_black-orangeThis article by Make Tech Easier discusses the pros and cons of both PC-BSD and Ubuntu as an open-source desktop operating system. The two operating systems are compared by the ease of use as a desktop, starting with the installation process, desktop environment, and ending with application support and installation.

To read the full article with graphics, check out the following link: http://www.maketecheasier.com/pc-bsd-vs-ubuntu/

FreeNAS 9.2.1.5 has been released

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe FreeNAS engineering team has just released 9.2.1.5, after fixing several bugs that showed up in the previous version (9.2.1.4). The release came just a few days after 9.2.1.4 was released, which fixed bugs related to replication speed, CIFS, ZFS, and snapshots. The following list from Jordan Hubbard notes some of the changes in 9.2.1.5:

  • Solarflare driver trips an assert. Fixed.
  • Can’t list snapshots in GUI. Fixed.
  • misspelling in info popup. Fixed.
  • SMB panic. This one has been a royal PITA for us. We can’t reproduce it at all, though the latest tracebacks from “R K” look somewhat informative – I’ll look at that section of the code today. Anyone else seeing it in 9.2.1.5, please attach a core file to the ticket

Head on over to the following link to download FreeNAS 9.2.1.5: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.5/RELEASE/

Check out the official release announcement from Jordan Hubbard here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/announcing-freenas-9-2-1-5-waking-up-edition.20422/

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 25 & 26

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Kris Moore and the PC-BSD team have been working on several updates for PC-BSD. The most notable are fixes related to the recent Heartbleed/OpenSSL bug, as well as stability issues with the PBI system. The Update Center has also had some changes to improve usability on the PC-BSD operating system.  In addition, preload, an adaptive readahead daemon, has been ported over. An alpha version of the Lumina desktop environment is also in development by Ken Moore.

Check out the full list of notes here: Digest 25 and Digest 26