November 2010 – a month of FreeBSD conferences

Last weekend MeetBSD 2010 took place in California. If you were not able to attend or if you want to ‘see’ the conference again, check out Will Backman pictures and the two videos he took (day 1, day 2). Some of the presentation slides are available too.

LISA 2010 will take place from November 10–11 in San Jose, CA. PC-BSD will be represented.

The bi-annual NYCBSDCon will be held 12-14 November. Check out the to-be-held presentations.

BSD-Day 2010 will be held in Budapest (Hungary) at Eötvös Loránd University on 20 November.

 

 

MeetBSD California 2010 (FreeBSD Conference)

MeetBSD (California) will be held on 5-6 Nov this year.

MeetBSD California 2010 promises to be an experience unlike any other. MeetBSD California has evolved into a dynamic entity, with a love for BSD serving as the driving force behind all of the festivities. MeetBSD California 2010 will feature break-out sessions, informal discussions, and 5-10 minute “lightning talks,” as well as longer talks from well-seasoned BSD experts.

To find out what’s been planned for these two days, have a listen to these two podcasts with Matt Olander:

FreeBSD news and links (week 40)

I have some  news links an leftovers for you from (the) last (few) week(s):

1. PC-BSD 8.1 [Review]
We always wonder why is it that Microsoft makes us pay to use its OS, so why not shift to Linux or UNIX which are open source and free to use. No doubt Microsoft has made it very easy for lay man to use a PC but we all know Linux is more secure than Windows. Also, off late Linux developers are concentrating on GUI to make Linux easy to use.

FreeBSD – a UNIX like operating system has evolved from AT&T UNIX via Berkely Software Distribution. FreeBSD has a text installer. PC-BSD was founded by FreeBSD professional named Kris Moore in 2005. Kris Moore’s goal was to make FreeBSD easy for everyone to install on desktop. PC-BSD is aimed at users like you and me who are accustomed to Windows but would like a free OS. It has a graphical installation program which uses KDE SC graphical user interface.
Continues (thinkdigit.com)

2. EuroBSDCon Presentation on pc-sysinstal (PDF)
There was a lot of interest about the changes to the pc-sysinstall backend during Kris Moore’s presentation at EuroBSDCon. Continues (Dru’s blog)

There’s an interview with John Hixon from iXsystems on pc-sysinstall (potentially on FreeBSD): bsdtalk199

3. Ten ways Linux and BSD differ

I hear it all the time: people lumping together Linux and any of the BSDs. On occasion, I’ve even done it myself. Of course, there are plenty of similarities. Both are based on Unix and have mostly been developed by non-commercial organisations. They also share a common goal — to create the most useful, reliable operating system available. But there are also significant differences that shouldn’t be ignored, and I thought it would be worth highlighting them here.Continues (zdnet.co.uk)

4. New FreeNAS 0.8 alpha

First and foremost, we have a completely new GUI look and feel. We’ve imported dojango into the GUI to take advantage of Dojo JavaScript Toolkit. The flow of the interface is much nicer, it looks better, and we’ve added additional help to make it easier to use. We think you’ll like this new GUI. We’ve made dozens of improvements over the past few weeks to the GUI. We hope you like the new location for enabling shares. Contiunues (Warner’s blog)

5. Using Clonezilla with FreeNAS or Network Share to Backup a Hard Disk

6. pfSense router setup in VirtualBox

7. Bordeaux Software is looking for testers (and bloggers): Looking for someone to do a review


FreeBSD Events Update (Ohio LinuxFest, EuroBSDCon, MeetBSD)

Ohio LinuxFest

Ohio LinuxFest will be taking place from today (10-12 Sep in Ohio). I’m aware of the following FreeBSD related companies and projects that will be respresented: the FreeBSD Foundation, iXsystems, PC-BSD and BSD Certification. If you know of any other ones, please leave a comment below.

The eighth annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held on September 10-12, 2010 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Hosting authoritative speakers and a large expo, the Ohio LinuxFest welcomes all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software.

Dru Lavigne will be doing a presentation titled PC-BSD: An Easy to Use BSD Desktop (slideshare available)

EuroBSDCon 2010 (Accepted Talks)

The following talks will be taking place at EuroBSDCon 2010 (8-10 October, Karlsruhe (Germany)):

MeetBSD 2010 (California)

This conference will be held  5-6 November 2010 Mountain View, California, USA)

MeetBSD 2010 features a community-driven discussion format that gives great minds from the BSD and open source communities the opportunity to share ideas. Discussions in the form of breakout sessions will provide a forum for a variety of open source development topics. Lightning talks will allow attendees to share the status of their BSD projects quickly with other community members, while stimulating conversation. A handful of selected speakers will also take part in the event, delivering information on a number of BSD platforms (source).

FreeBSD 6.4 and 8.0 End of Life

On November 30th, FreeBSD 6.4 and FreeBSD 8.0 will have reached their End of Life and will no longer be supported by the FreeBSD Security Team. Since FreeBSD 6.4 is the last remaining supported release from the FreeBSD 6.x stable branch, support for the FreeBSD 6.x stable branch will also cease at the same point. Users of either of these FreeBSD releases are strongly encouraged to upgrade to either FreeBSD 7.3 or FreeBSD 8.1 before that date.

The FreeBSD Ports Management Team wishes to remind users that November 30 is also the end of support for the Ports Collection for both FreeBSD 6.4 RELEASE and the FreeBSD 6.x STABLE branch. Neither the infrastructure nor individual ports are guaranteed to work on these FreeBSD versions after that date. A CVS tag will be created for users who cannot upgrade for some reason, at which time these users are advised to stop tracking the latest ports CVS repository and use the RELEASE_6_EOL tag instead (source)

Capsicum Presentation at Usenix Security 2010

Robert Watson’s Capsicum presentation at Usenix Security is available as MP4.

Capsicum is a lightweight operating system capability and sandbox framework planned for inclusion in FreeBSD 9. Capsicum extends, rather than replaces, UNIX APIs, providing new kernel primitives (sandboxed capability mode and capabilities) and a userspace sandbox API. These tools support compartmentalisation of monolithic UNIX applications into logical applications, an increasingly common goal supported poorly by discretionary and mandatory access control. We demonstrate our approach by adapting core FreeBSD utilities and Google’s Chromium web browser to use Capsicum primitives, and compare the complexity and robustness of Capsicum with other sandboxing techniques.

FreeBSD Events and Conference Calendar

These and other dates can be found in my FreeBSD Events and Conferences Calender (gcal).

MeetBSD 2010 videos available in HD on YouTube

The presentations from the recent MeetBSD 2010 (Cracow, Poland) conference are now available on the BSD Conferences Youtube Chanel. The following videos are all in HD quality and most are in English, though a few are in Polish.

  • Dru Lavigne – Update on BSD Certification
  • Hans Peter Selasky – The new USB stack in FreeBSD
  • Jakub Klama – FreeBSD on DaVinci DMSoC (polish)
  • Jan Srzednicki – What ideas can FreeBSD borrow from AIX?
  • Attilio Rao – The VFS/vnode interface in the FreeBSD kernel
  • Marko Zec – Network emulation using the virtualized network stack in FreeBSD
  • Pawe? Jakub Dawidek – HAST — Highly Available storage for FreeBSD (polish)
  • Pawe? Jakub Dawidek – HAST — Highly Available storage for FreeBSD (questions, polish)
  • Nikolay Aleksandrov – FreeBSD-based solution for Internet traffic management (S?awek ?ak – NoSQL)
  • Ramon Tancinco – meetBSD 2010 Welcome Intro
  • Martin Matuska – mfsBSD
  • Dmitri Epshtein – Advances in Embedded ARM processors, for performance driven applications
  • Warner Losh – Using FreeBSD in a Commercial Setting
  • (via)

    Miscelaneous FreeBSD news and links (week 32)

    1. FreeBSD East Coast Mirror

    Yesterday we posted the FreeBSD Foundation’s turns to NYI press release, Steven Kreuzer who was directly involved in the project has put more details on his website:

    Pretty much since the time that The NYC BSD Users Group was formed, The NY Internet Company have donated a full cabinet and a 10 Mb internet connection to NYCBUG. We used that space to host our website and mailing lists, hardware for developers and mirrors for all the major BSD projects.

    In October of 2009, I received an email inviting me to a grand opening party at NYI’s new state of the art data center located in Bridgewater, NJ. I asked some folks on core@ if they thought it would be worthwhile to approach NYI to see if they would be willing to donate a few cabinets so we could build out a FreeBSD mirror on the east coast. gnnjhb and I had a very informal meeting with Phil from NYI and after asking him if they would be willing to provide us with a few cabinets, some power and bandwidth, without thought or hesitation he said yes. The possibility of putting a mirror of FreeBSD.org on the east coast quickly became possible.

    Continues: East Coast FreeBSD Mirror

    2. FreeBSD VirtualBox Image for Port Maintainers

    This website provides 64bit VirtualBox Images for FreeBSD Port Maintainers with some common used software pre-installed.

    3. 10 Differences between Linux and BSD

    • Licenses
    • Control
    • Kernel vs operating system
    • UNIX/like
    • Base systems
    • More from source
    • Upgrades
    • Bleeding edge
    • Hardware support
    • User base

    Full post: 10 differences between Linux and BSD (techrepublic.com)

    4. Open Source projects that changed the world

    FreeBSD is one of them: Open source projects that changed the world (ostatic.com)

    5. BSDCan through the years

    Kirk Russell has posted a summary of BSDCan through the years on the Google Open Source Blog.

    I’m Kirk Russell, a Google Site Reliability Engineer who moves files around the cloud at a massive scale. I use BSD software on a daily basis — in my Android phone, my home NAS and my MacBook. My newest toy is a small ARM board that runs FreeBSD.

    Earlier this year I attended BSDCan, a software conference for BSD based operating systemprojects. I attended this conference to learn about new BSD technology that will someday become part of my daily life and to meet people with similar interests — there is time to chat in-between the scheduled talks and in the pub. BSDCan is a conference where I learn about new development that I can put to use both at work and at home. Learning these things from the original developers makes it that much more interesting.

    Here is a quick reflection on some highlights of past conferences:

    BSDCan through the years

    FreeBSD events and conferences (KyivBSD, MeetBSD, EuroBSD)

    Here is some info and details of upcoming FreeBSD related conferences and events.

    KyivBSD 2010 Conference

    On 25 Septempter the annual KyivBSD Conference will be held in Kiev, Ukraine. It’s mainly aimed at FreeBSD and PC-BSD users and developers.

    More info: http://ru.kyivbsd.org.ua (RU) (EN translation) (via)

    BSD-Day 2010

    BSD-Day@2010 will be held at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary on 20 November 2010.

    The purpose of this one-day event is to gather Central European developers of today’s open-source BSD systems, popularize their work, and provide a real-life communication interface between developers and users. There are no formalities, no papers, and no registration or participation fee, however the invited developers are encouraged to give a talk on their favorite BSD-related topic. The goal is to motivate potential future developers and users, especially undergraduate university students to work with BSD systems.

    EuroBSDCon 2010 Travel Grants

    The FreeBSD Foundation is now accepting travel grant applications for EuroBSDCon 2010 (Karlsruhe, Germany from October 8-10′. More details: EuroBSDCon 2010 Travel Grants.

    For those interested in open source firewalls, there will be a pfSense tuturial at EuroBSDCon 2010.

    pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. 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.

    MeetBSD 2010 (California)

    Registration is now open for MeetBSD 2010 (Mountain View, California, 5-6 November): www.meetbsd.com

    NYCBUG presentation

    Ivan Ivanov presented “Examples in Cryptography with OpenSSL”. Download/listen the MP3.

    Usenix Security Symposium 2010 (Capsicum)

    Robert Watson will present Capsicum (coming in FreeBSD 9.0) at Usenix Security Symposium.

    Capsicum is a lightweight operating system capability and sandbox framework planned for inclusion in FreeBSD 9. Capsicum extends, rather than replaces, UNIX APIs, providing new kernel primitives (sandboxed capability mode and capabilities) and a userspace sandbox API. These tools support compartmentalisation of monolithic UNIX applications into logical applications, an increasingly common goal supported poorly by discretionary and mandatory access control. We demonstrate our approach by adapting core FreeBSD utilities and Google’s Chromium web browser to use Capsicum primitives, and compare the complexity and robustness of Capsicum with other sandboxing techniques.

    These and other conferences can be found on my FreeBSD Events and Conferences Calandar.