NYCBSDCon 2014 BSD Breaking Barriers

What makes the BSD operating systems special? Why should you deploy your applications on BSD? Why does the BSD community keep growing, and why do Linux sites like DistroWatch say that BSD is where the interesting development work is happening? We’ll cover the not-so-obvious reasons why BSD still stands tall after almost 40 years.

This is Michael Lucas’ talk at NYCBSDCon 2014

ZFS 101 (aka ZFS is cool and why you should be using it)

ZFSDru Lavigne, who does an excellent job writing FreeNAS and PC-BSD documentation, has done a presentation at SCALE 2014 expo (23 Feb) on the ZFS filesystem.

She goes into the different ZFS features such as software RAID, the ability to self-heal data corruption, copy-on-write, low-overhead snapshots, support for multiple boot environments, and many more cool things ZFS can do for you. The last part of the presentation is about how these technologies are utilised in FreeNAS and PC-BSD..

The slides of the presentation can be viewed on Slideshare: ZFS 101

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NYCBSDCon 2014 and FreeBSD Journal

nycbsdconNYCBSDCon is a bi-annual, one-day conference in New York organised by the NYCBUG BSD users group, with the theme of “The BSDs in Production.” The focus of the presentations is on the critical roles the BSDs do and can play in infrastructures.

Some may think the BSDs are slowly dying, but presentations given at this conference show quite the opposite. It’s interesting to see what Netflix has achieved with FreeBSD!

Last Saturday (8 Feb) NYCBSDCon 2014 took place, which according to the “My NCYBSDCon Trip” write-up by Justin Sherill (DragonFlyBSD), was a successful event.

It was nice the talks were broadcast live, and hopefully these will be published later.

The FreeBSD Journal was also announced by the FreeBSD Foundation last Saturday, and some paper issues (the only ones ever) handed out. The only way to get the Journal from now on is electronically via Google Play, Amazon Kindle or Apple iTunes.

I think the FreeBSD Journal website could do with an update to make this clearer, explain what the Journal is about, how to get it, and to take away some confusion. There has been a lot of useful information in recent interviews (BSD Now Episode 22, BSD Talk 237), but nothing of this is on the website (yet).

If I come across any pictures or other write-ups, I’ll share them here.

The Daemon and the Penguin, FreeNAS labels, pfSense, PC-BSD updates

Freebsd newsWelcome to the latest (Free)BSD news round-up in which we have a mix of news snippets and links. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous (Free)BSD related links that are news worthy and which you may find hopefully interesting, but are yet too small to package as individual posts.

Some of the links below have already appeared in our Google Plus +FreeBSD Central and Twitter feeds.

PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 Now Available
This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so.
PC-BSD Blog – 23 Jan 2014

New pfSense website
The pfSense project has a new website

pfSense 2.1.1-PRERELEASE Snapshots available
For those who are inclined to try such things, 2.1.1-PRERELEASE snapshots are up for testing at snapshots.pfsense.org. New features and changes.

Amazon supporting FreeBSD Foundation
When you shop at Amazon through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1545163, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the FreeBSD Foundation.

FOSDEM 2014 BSD program
The program for the BSD devroom at #FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels is now available.

FreeBSD Programming Primer
BSD Mag has an issue with 12 tutorials on how to develop a Content Management System (CMS) which will run under an AMP stack on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Linux. In this series Rob Somerville looks at the tools, processes and methods involved in writing a CMS.
BSD Mag – 14 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over.
PC-BSD Blog – 24 Jan 2014

The Daemon, the GNU & the Penguin
Peter Salus’s book, the Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, was a regular Groklaw feature in 2005 and 2006. It is now in book form (paperback) and available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s been expanded, and the subtitle now is “How Free and Open Software is Changing the World”.

iXsystems’ new FreeNAS device needs your label vote
Here’s your chance to influence the design of an upcoming FreeNAS product from iXsystems! Help us pick which label you’d like to see by leaving a comment on this post.
Vote via +iXsystems, Facebook or the FreeNAS forums

FreeBSD 11 has been added to the BSD Family Tree

OpenBSD rescued from unpowered oblivion by $20K bitcoin donation

AsiaBSDCon 2013 FreeBSD videos

Sato-san (bsdconferences) has created a playlist of 15 videos from AsiaBSDCon 2013.

Some of the FreeBSD related videos are:

John Hixson: FreeNAS Plugins everything you ever wanted to know

 

Kris Moore: Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC BSD systems

 

Michael Dexter: Hands on bhyve, the BSD Hypervisor

 

Takuya ASADA: Implements BIOS emulation support for BHyVe: A BSD Hypervisor

 

Davide Italiano: Calloutng: a new infrastructure for timer facilities in the FreeBSD kernel

 

Miscellaneous FreeBSD news and links (FreeBSD, CloudSigma, DEF CON, Apple, vBSDCon)

These are a number of links to interesting news items and links you may want to check out:

FreeBSD 9.2 Feature Highlight: ZFS General Improvements

Along with the many user facing changes discussed previously, there are also a number of internal changes to ZFS that will be available with the release of FreeBSD 9.2. [freebsdnow]

 

FreeBSD Can Compete With Ubuntu Linux, Windows 8

The NVIDIA BSD performance is very good for OpenGL as shown in this article with a comparison of Windows 8 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 vs. FreeBSD 9.1. In fact, for some OpenGL workloads the Linux games are running faster on FreeBSD/PC-BSD 9.1 than Ubuntu!  [Phoronix]

 

CloudSigma’s new website

CloudSigma, which based in Zurich (Switzerland) and provide FreeBSD VPS services in Europe, has announced it has a new and more intuitive website. CloudSigma was founded to meet the growing need for a pure IaaS that places little or no restrictions on how its users deploy their computing resources.

 

Apple’s Operating System Guru Goes Back to His Roots

Hubbard left Apple last month to return to the world of open source UNIX, taking the chief technology officer post at a iXsystems, a company that offers servers and other data center hardware that runs FreeBSD. Apple was quite an education, and now, he wants to bring the “Apple approach” back to the open source game. [wired.com].

 

vBSDcon 2013 Registrations Open

In these most recent months, we have been developing the vBSDcon conference website hosted at www.vbsdcon.com.  It includes full details surrounding the schedule, agenda, and speakers for vBSDcon.  The most recent addition to the conference website is that registrations are now open!  [Announcement].

There’s also a new interview with Verisign CTO Burt Kaliski on BSDTalk (bsdtalk230).

 

DEF CON 21 Recap

Mike Biehn, an iXsystems employee and a veteran of DEF CON attended DEF CON 21  a few weeks ago. DEF CON 21 Recap.

 

 JabirOS 1.0.1 released

We’re pleased to announce new release of “The new JabirOS” after a long time! This version is based on FreeBSD 9.2-RC1. In this version , we’ve added  ”OpenBox” as default window manager and “SLiM” as default display manager. [jabirproject.org]

 

DNSSEC @ MDLUG.org

Michael W. Lucas’s talk about DNSSEC (about 20 mins into the video).

vBSDcon 2013 Interview with Verisign CTO Burt Kaliski

A few months ago we reported about a new BSD related conference that will be taking place later this year: vBSDcon.

I (GvE) have been in contact with Burt Kaliski (BK) and did the following intereview. Burt is currently CTO of Verisign and sponsor of the new vBSDcon (2013) conference.

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GvE: Can you tell a bit about Verisign in general and yourself?

BK: Verisign is a provider of Internet infrastructure services, headquartered in Reston, VA, just over 20 miles from Washington, DC. As the global leader in domain names, Verisign powers the invisible navigation that takes people to where they want to go on the Internet. For more than 15 years, Verisign has operated the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains that today includes .com, .net, .tv, .edu, .gov, .jobs, .name and .cc, as well as two of the world’s 13 Internet root servers (A & J-root DNS servers). Verisign’s product suite also includes Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, iDefense Security Intelligence Services and Managed DNS. These services help companies identify potential cyber threats and mitigate them before they impact the business’s network availability and overall Internet presence.

As senior vice president and CTO of Verisign, I work with the company’s technology and business leaders to advance the company’s long-term technology vision through applied research, university collaboration, industry leadership and patent strategy. I was previously the founding scientist of RSA Laboratories, where my contributions included the development of the Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS), now widely deployed in internet security.

GvE: Does Verisign Inc use FreeBSD internally?

BK: Verisign began deploying FreeBSD approximately 3 years ago. It is used to support Internet operations on a global scale.

GvE: Does Verisign contribute to FreeBSD?

BK: Yes. In 2012, Verisign became a bronze level donor to the FreeBSD Foundation. Verisign has contributed both code and concepts to the FreeBSD project, in the areas of sysinstall/bsdinstall, the VFS subsystem, device drivers, and kernel code.

GvE: Why did Verisign decide to set up a new conference? Was there a special reason for this?

BK: Verisign had been looking to contribute back to the BSD community in various ways. After attending MeetBSD 2012, Verisign felt that hosting a BSD conference was an appropriate way to show our support and to give back to the community. The Internet enables so many more people all over the world to connect and collaborate, but meeting in person at conferences still adds depth and breadth to those interactions. By bringing together members of the BSD community for a series of roundtable discussions, educational sessions, and best practice conversations, we are hoping to help advance the goals of the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide.

GvE: Can you tell us a bit more about vBSDcon 2013?

BK: Verisign’s Technology Services Group is hosting a BSD-related conference for BSD developers, engineers, and administrators on October 25 – 27, 2013 at the Dulles Hyatt in Dulles, VA. The conference will slightly resemble an unconference concept with a single track and nine or 10 speakers. In other words, we are planning a series of plenary speakers along with lightning talks and birds-of-a-feather discussions in one track over the weekend.

The weekend will start with a welcome dinner on Friday evening sponsored by Verisign. Saturday and Sunday are the main conference days. A mid-conference social event is being planned for Saturday evening following a 20-year anniversary theme for FreeBSD. The BSD Certification Group will administer the BSDA exam on Saturday following the completion of conference activities and before the mid-conference social.

The vBSDcon website, hosted at http://www.vbsdcon.com/, is currently in development and will be functional by the end of July 2013. The website will provide detailed information on the conference schedule, participating speakers, presentation abstracts, the registration process, and sponsorship packages. A link will be provided for registrants to register for the BSDA exam at the BSD Certification Group’s website.

GvE: Which speakers have you lined up for the conference?

BK: We have an excellent group of presenters scheduled to appear at vBSDcon, including David Chisnall (FreeBSD Core Team), Luigi Rizzo (netmap developer), Baptiste Daroussin (PkgNG developer), Devin Teske (bsdconfig developer), Henning Brauer (OpenBSD developer), Reyk Floeter (OpenBSD developer), Scott Long (Netflix), Kris Moore (PC-BSD director/developer), and John Hixson (FreeNAS).

GvE: Thank you so much, Burt (and Verisign), for taking the time out to answer these questions, for organising this conference and for promoting FreeBSD.

If you have any other questions you’d like to have answered, drop me a line or leave a comment and I’ll get in touch with Verisign for the answer(s).