FreeBSD Events Update (ILF, BSDCan, EuroBSDCon)

FreeBSD events come and go month after month. Time for an update on some past and upcoming FreeBSD events.

Indiana LinuxFest (ILF)

FreeNAS and PC-BSD will be represented at Indiana LinuxFest on Saturday, April 14 in Indianapolis, Indiana. CDs and other swag will be handed out at the BSD booth in the expo area.

If you are interested in learning more about FreeBSD administration (the operating system FreeNAS and FreeBSD are based upon), there is an all day course on FreeBSD for Linux System Administrators on Friday, April 13. There is no cost to attend either the course or the conference. Pre-registration is encouraged so that you don’t have to wait in line to register when you arrive.

BSDCan 2012

BSDCan 2012 will be held in Ottawa, Canada from 9 – 13 May. The schedule has been updated with some interesting FreeBSD releated tutorials and presentations,

  • Maintaining your own PBI package repository
  • IPv6 Tutorial
  • SSH
  • An Overview of Locking in the FreeBSD Kernel
  • BSD Multiplicity
  • auditdistd – Secure and reliable distribution of audit trail files
  • FreeBSD on Microsoft Hyper-v
  • Crowdsourcing security
  • Bullet Cache
  • pfSense 2.1: IPv6 and more
  • Fast reboots with kload
  • Intro to DNSSEC
  • Virtually-Networked FreeBSD Jails
  • FreeBSD Unified Deployment and Configuration Management
  • Building a FreeBSD based Virtual Appliance
  • High speed packet I/O: challenges and solutions.
  • Optimizing ZFS for Block Storage
  • FreeBSD on Freescale QorIQ Data Path Acceleration Architecture Devices
  • Overview of Amazon Web Services
  • pkgng
  • Solaris Boot Environments for FreeBSD

Hopefully all these representations will be video recorded and made available who cannot attend.

NLUUG’s Spring conference

Michael Dexter will be giving a presentation entitled The FreeNAS Storage Platform: A minute to learn, a lifetime to master at NLUUG’s Spring conference. This event will be held in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands on April 11th.

EuroBSDCon 2012

EuroBSDcon 2012 is the European technical conference for users and developers on BSD-based systems, and will be held from 18 – 21 October 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. There will be tutorials on Thursday and Friday and talks on Saturday and Sunday.

The EuroBSDcon conference organisers have put out a Call For Proposals and are inviting developers and users of BSD-based systems to submit innovative and original papers not submitted to other European conferences on BSD-related topics.  Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to applications, architecture, implementation, performance and security of BSD-based operating systems, as well as topics concerning the economic or organizational aspects of BSD use.

Open Source Days 2012

There are some pictures of the BSD booth at Open Source Days (Copenhagen, 10-11 March)

Report from AsiaBSDCon

The FreeBSD Foundation was a Platinum Sponsor of AsiaBSDCon which was held in Tokyo, Japan from March 22-25. Hiroki Sato, the General Chair of the conference, provided the following status report.

BSD networking (MP3)

There’s an mp3 available of a recent presentations at NYCBUG BSD networking.

 

Upcoming Events

iXsystems, and its developers

We all know that iXsystems does a great job promoting FreeBSD, building FreeBSD based products and supporting FreeBSD based projects (incl. PC-BSD, FreeNAS).

But, who are the developers that are part of this company? Who are the guys doing the coding and the programming?

The iXsystems blog has started a “Developers Corner” where you can find out more about iX developers:

The PC-BSD Ports Jail (video)

PC-BSD features the “Ports Jail”. In this video you will learn how to use it to install apps isolated from your system.


More information on Ports Jail and how to use it, can be found on the PC-BSD Wiki.

The FreeBSD Wiki has a helpful section on Jails too: FreeBSD Jails. The FreeBSD jail is mechanism implementing an operating system-level virtualisation that allows administrators to partition a FreeBSD-based computer system into several independent mini-systems called jails.

Introduction to PC-BSD 9 Isotope (video), gallery and reviews

The PC-BSD project is in the process of creating a series of instructional videos to help new users get familiar with the operating system, and showing some of the advanced features to those already using PC-BSD. The first video, giving an introduction, is now available.

This video demonstrates an installation and showcases some of the new and unique features in PC-BSD 9.0.


If you haven’t used PC-BSD yet and want to familiarise yourself with this excellent desktop operating system, have a look at some screenshots (techrepublic, gnuman) or read the reviews:

PC-BSD 9.0 Review

If you’d like to use FreeBSD as a desktop system, you’ll have to invest a lot of time in setting up the operating system and installing all the right packages. Obviously, this is a serious barrier for a lot of Linux users who are interested in trying out FreeBSD. PC-BSD fills in this gap by offering a completely usable and user-friendly FreeBSD desktop install with all kinds of stuff pre-configured. In a way, PC-BSD is to FreeBSD what Ubuntu is to Debian.

FreeBSD Events Updates (Scale, AsiaBSDCon, BSDCan)

A new year, a new series of FreeBSD Conferences. Mark them in your diaries if you’re planning to go.

SCALE 2012

iXsystem, FreeNAS, PC-BSD and the FreeBSD Foundation will be represented at SCALE Linux Expo 2012. The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) is an annual Linux, Open-Source, and Free Software conference held in Los Angeles. This event will be held in Los Angeles from 20-22 Jan.

AsiaBSDCon 2012

AsiaBSDCon 2012 is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo from 22-25 March. You can apply for a FreeBSD Foundation travel grant.

BSDCan 2012

BSDCan 2012 will be held 11-12 May, 2012 in Ottawa at the University of
Ottawa. It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on 9-10 May. There’s a call for papers.

PC-BSD 9.0 (Isotope Edition) available

iXsystems has announced the availability of PC-BSD 9.0 (Isotope Edition)(via).

Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE, this is the first release of PC-BSD which offers users a variety of desktop environments to choose from, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!

Also available are pre-built VirtualBox and VMware images with integrated guest tools for rapid virtual system deployment, and native support for installing directly to OS X BootCamp partitions.

Some 9.0 highlights:

  • Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE.
  • Support for installing a variety of Window Managers, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!
  • Improved PBI system, allows library sharing, binary diff updating, custom repositories, digital signing and more!
  • Support for “freebsd-update” via the System Update GUI.
  • New Control Panel, providing consistent configuration options across various Window Managers.
  • Improved networking utilities, including wifi quick-connect.
  • Enhanced “Life-Preserver” utility for doing off-site rsync backups of user data.
  • New VirtualBox / VMware disk images, with integrated guest tools.
  • Support for UFS+Journaling out of box.
  • New graphical boot options page.
  • Support for installation to BootCamp partitions on OS X systems.
  • And much more!

Download | Changelog | Release Notes

Check out the press release: iXsystems Announces Release of PC-BSD 9.0 Isotope Edition

PC-BSD 9.0-RC3 available

Following the release of FreeBSD 9.0-RC3, PC-BSD 9.0-RC3, a Unix-like, desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD, is ready for testing.

This release contains numerous bug fixes and enhancements, and can also be downloaded as VMware and VirtualBox images.

Some of the changes and improvements are:

  • Fixed the default KDE wallpaper / desktop theme
  • Add option to skip performing system upgrades at bootup, in case the user doesn’t have the time to wait.
  • Fix bug starting the port jail from rc.d
  • Make sure we clear any KDE cache during upgrade
  • Fixed bugs installing some PBIs from AppCafe causing seg faults
  • Load ext2fs automatically
  • Default LXDE clock to AM/PM time
  • Add default openbox wallpaper / menus
  • Load the “iir” raid driver on install media
  • Add extra meta-pkg for VMware guest support
  • Reduce CPU usage while checking for system updates on the tray
  • Add new graphical boot loader enabled by default
  • Updated the handbook for 9.0
  • Speed up the download process of system upgrades
  • Add patch for GDM which corrects issues with auto-login

Via: PC-BSD 9.0-RC3 now available (PC-BSD blog)