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 | MD5Full 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?

m0n0wall beta 12 and FreeBSD 7.0 based pfSense

The m0n0wall and the pfSense projects have released a beta and 2 alpha versions respectively.

m0n0wall 1.3 beta 12 is out, containing a new feature: IPv6 support (routing and firewalling). The change log and the download link can be found on the beta page.

pfSense has a 1.2.1 alpha snapshot available for testing. This version contains a few bug fixes and the base OS has changed to FreeBSD 7.0. There’s also a 1.3 alpha snapshot available for testing. This version brings significant changes from 1.2 and brings all the great new features that have been added to pfSense over the past 8 months.

For the pfSense download links, upgrade instructions and more information visit the pfSense blog.

FreeBSD based systems – what would you call them?

The number of FreeBSD related operating systems is fortunately not as as high as the number of Linux distributions.

Most of you, if not all, will agree there are no FreeBSD distributions/distro’s due to the fact that FreeBSD is developed as a coherent operating system with a kernel and userland applications.

Existing FreeBSD based operating systems use the FreeBSD base and specialise in a certain field, e.g. DesktopBSD & PC-BSD concentrate on desktop use, pfSense and m0n0wall on routing/firewalling, AskoziaPBX on PBX systems etc etc. For more examples, check out this page.

Since these systems aren’t distro’s what would you call them? Please let me know on the poll below.

What would you call FreeBSD based operating systems?

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alpha3 release: PC-BSD 7.0 with KDE 4.1

PC-BSD LogoAfter several weeks of porting and hard work by KDE on FreeBSD and PC-BSD teams,  PC-BSD is pleased to make the first PC-BSD 7 Alpha with KDE 4.1 (beta2) available! This release is quite a bit different from our previous alphas, as the jump from KDE 3.5 to KDE 4.1 is very significant, and required the entire codebase to be ported over to compile / run with QT 4. As such, it is expected that many bugs appear in this alpha, and we appreciate your help in finding and fixing them.

Please note, as the 4.1 version of KDE is in beta, and there is still porting to be done on the BSD side of things, you may be able to help in this area as well. First, if you find bugs in the install + setup of PC-BSD, please let us know via the testing list, and we’ll begin working on them right away. However, if you find bugs in the KDE desktop itself, please be sure to check out the KDE bug database first, and determine if the bug should be reported there, or to the kde-freebsd porting team.

For example, we are already aware of a bug preventing Konsole from working. TIP: Use Alt-F2 to launch xterm instead.

Download links: CD1 (652Mb) | CD2 (578Mb)
MD5 CD1 = 96bc8de9771e28770268eab65889718a
MD5 CD2 = 59993ce3182b0ff4b541cb233c328cce

NOTES:

  • You will need to download BOTH CD’s to install PC-BSD from now on. KDE4 is quite a bit larger than 3.x, and one CD wont fit it anymore, even with LZMA compression.
  • Also, the porting of the PBI system over to KDE 4.1 is finished as well, and the build server is due to start working on the new 7 series PBIs sometime early next week. This should allow everybody to test a more complete desktop with our entire PBI catalog very soon.

Please remember this is a alpha snapshot so don’t complain when you find problems or errors but report them to the testing list instead.