release: m0n0wall 1.234

Manuel Kasper has announced the release of m0n0wall 1.234, a minimalist firewall distribution based on FreeBSD.

I’ve decided to create one more release in the 1.2x stable branch to add source port randomization (for both NAT and the DNS forwarder). This is a recommended upgrade for all 1.2x users, no matter whether you’re running a DNS server behind m0n0wall with NAT or not.

LINKS: Download (MD5) | Change log | Website

BSD at LinuxWorld 2008

pc-bsd girl and pc-bsd babe, in real life Gloria Galicia (photo left) and Perla Ibarra (photo middle), were representing FreeBSD/PC-BSD at the LinuxWorld 2008, San Francisco.

I work for one of the sponsors of BSD. I’ve never been to a trade show before and wanted to check it out and support BSD

says Galicia. Both ladies were at the BSD Booth with Matt Olander, CTO at iXsystems, to answer questions about FreeBSD and PC-BSD (incl. the upcoming PC-BSD 7 Fibonacci).

This operating system has been under steady development since the ’70s, and we’re a viable alternative to Linux,

said Matt Olander.

Source: wired.com (08/08/2008)

InfoWorld’s award for FreeNAS

FreeNAS has been awarded with InfoWorld’s Bossie award for being the best free, open source storage server.

Even as the capacity of physical disks soars, storage vendors continue to charge a small fortune for network filers. An open source alternative on the lower end is FreeNAS, which has support for CIFS, NFS, rsync, SSH, iSCSI. and FTP, as well as software RAID. It can handle several authentication methods (including local, Active Directory, NIS, and RADIUS), and sports a Web GUI, all while taking less than 32MB after installation. This means you can use it on USB keys and portable hard drives.

InfoWorld’s annual Bossies awards recognize top free and open source software, and the second annual list of winners is out now. Unlike SourceForge’s Community Choice Awards, where winners are determined by votes from the community, the Bossies are awarded by InfoWorld’s editorial and test center staff.

Congratulations to the FreeNAS team. Well done

beta release: FreeNAS 0.69b2 (Stone Burner)

Volker Theile has announced the availability of the second beta release of FreeNAS 0.69, a tiny FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network Attached Storage (NAS) services.

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.0.
  • Upgrade fusefs-ntfs/ntfs-3g to 1.2531.
  • Upgrade Samba to 3.0.30.
  • Add ‘perms’ and ‘xattrs’ parameter to RSYNC client/local shares.
  • Allow user to add additional parameters to RSYNC client/local shares.
  • Modified WebGUI look & feel.
  • Add ctorrent client (No WebGUI, only console support).
  • Disable splashscreen because it causes reboots on some systems.
  • Keep time zone informations up to date (BR 2034132).
  • Upgrade rsync to 3.0.3.

Minors changes:

  • Enable WLAN interface setup via console.
  • Add ‘Loewe Connect’ UPnP support (FR 2003278).
  • Modify iSCSI-Target WebGUI. This will hopefully reduce ‘Extent’ configuration problems.
  • Disallow adding duplicate named CIFS/SMB and AFP shares.
  • Rename environment variable used by /etc/rc.d/rsync_client and rsync_local scripts to rsync_client_logfile and rsync_local_logfile.
  • If ‘Recycle bin’ has been enabled for a CIFS/SMB share the ‘.recycle’ directory will be created with 0777 permissions. A subdir will be created for each user with 0700 permissions.
  • Add ‘mount_smbfs’ command.

Download | MD5 |  Full change log | Website

PC-BSD 7 status update

Kris Moore has put an update on the PC-BSD website about the PC-BSD 7

… preparing for the next major release of PC-BSD, also known as PC-BSD 7. This new version will be based on FreeBSD 7, and include KDE 4.1 as the primary desktop interface. We are currently releasing weekly Alpha ISO’s, that allow us to test out the new features, and fix bugs associated with the switch to a FreeBSD 7 and KDE 4.1 base.

He also notes there’s a new version of the PBI Builder software available.

Read the full status update

Build your own NAS with FreeNAS (video)

If you’re just itching for an excuse to reuse that retired desktop PC or laptop sitting in your closet there here’s your chance:¬† the basics of installing FreeNAS, an open-source DIY NAS. So instead of spending money on off the shelf options why not save yourself some cash and make use of the stuff you already have and get a super customizable network storage device to boot.

This video from Revison3 explains the theory behind NAS and shows how to set up a FreeNAS server.

iXsystems offers professional FreeBSD and PC-BSD support

iXsystems announced  on 08/07/08 the launch of its Professional Services Division for FreeBSD and PC-BSD. The new Professional Services Division will provide Professional Enterprise Grade support, consulting, and development for FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

Service offerings include desktop support such as installation and basic customization of the operating system. Software application support is also offered and includes assistance configuring and installing third-party applications, either through the FreeBSD ports and packages system or via Push-Button Installers (PBIs), graphical utilities to remove and install PC-BSD software in a simple to use, self-contained format.

Also included are more customized support offerings across a wide range of server-related issues such as kernel tuning and system optimization, device driver creation, kernel, userland, and embedded systems development, and a host of other services. iXsystems offers 8×5 PC-BSD and FreeBSD OS support and has a devoted Service Support Office and US-based Call Center to assist with technical support issues.

We feel that offering Enterprise Grade Support for FreeBSD and PC-BSD will remove one of the main barriers that the platforms face to expanding adoption. While there may be some companies that are capable of supporting them, there are none, to my knowledge, currently offering services and support on an Enterprise level specific to FreeBSD and PC-BSD

says Matthew Olander, CTO of iXsystems.

For more information, read the announcement or head over to the iXsystems Support page.

Did you know you can buy workstations with PC-BSD pre-installed from iXsystems?