FreeBSD News – quick links (week 17)

I News & Articles

FreeBSD for Web and E-Mail Servers

I’m not touting FreeBSD over Linux. Within the Unix-like community, and even within the Linux world, it’s easy to find heated arguments over the various versions of operating systems. It seems that no matter what software or computer system some people use, they will fight to the death to prove theirs is the best. I can only tell you that FreeBSD works well for us. For years, ComputorEdge.com ran well on a Linux box. The only reason that we didn’t continue was concerns for the age of the hardware. When we brought in new servers, we installed FreeBSD. Once Apache—the same Web server we used on the Linux computer—was installed, the movement of the site to the new machine was fairly simple.

I had to learn to use FreeBSD, but now I’ve developed a certain comfort level. I could go to a Linux computer and do many of the same things I do now, but there are just enough differences for it to feel foreign to me. I’m sure that this is true to some extent even when moving between versions of Linux.

The Linux world is taking many more steps toward making the individual user more comfortable with using it as a replacement for Windows. If I were looking to do that, then I would probably start with Linux. However, if your primary objective is to build a server—for the Web, e-mail, or another intensive application—it would be difficult to go wrong with FreeBSD. More…

pfSniffer? A non-firewall use for pfSense

Several years ago my company looked into getting Distributed Sniffer Appliances, made by Network General. These are devices that attach to an Ethernet segment (at a branch office) and allow you to remotely connect and pull traces. Ideally, we would have loved to have these in each remote location so that we could more easily troubleshoot problems that seemed to crop up regularly. They looks like very nice appliances, but Network General wanted an arm and a leg for each one, so we passed.

We recently had a need for this sort of thing and I had a great idea. Many months ago, I noticed that pfSense had added a very nifty feature called Packet Capture. Essentially, the pfSense WebGUI has an interface to tcpdump, allowing you to put in some simple filter criteria (source/destination IP Address) and have a trace executed on a particular interface. This is a really nice feature for troubleshooting your firewall, but I thought that this could be used to make a distributed “pfSniffer”. More…

II Releases

New PC-BSD PBI Builder released

The PBI builder is a powerful command-line script system, which can be used to convert a FreeBSD port into a PBI file. The configuration for this process is stored as a module, which can then be used to rebuild the PBI automatically. Developers can then submit these finished modules to PC-BSD Software, where they will be added to a build server, which rebuilds the PBI every time the underlying port is updated. More…

Portscout Services Started!

Time to make my Portscout public for all.

What is Portscout? Portscout is a tool which looks for new versions of software in the
FreeBSD ports tree and potentially other software repositories. More…

III Howto

SpamAssassin Installed in 10 minutes.

In our example we are going to install SpamAssassin from the ports. This example is suitable for a small company with up to few dozen of mailboxes. More…

FreeBSD News – quick links (week 16)

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FreeBSD news – quick links (week 6)

1) Hex Live CD 1.0.3 released

HexLive is a live cd based on FreeBSD and build with the FreeSBIE toolkit. It is suited for network analysis. The idea behind this network analysis live cd builds up, according to the authors, on one of Richard Bejtlichs books. From the website:

We had found that there are many liveCDs out there. However, their target audience was more towards desktop users, penetration testers or system engineers. We did not find a liveCD that ran in line with our passion, network security analysis. After all, packet monkeys need a liveCD too! We also learned about and decided to use Freesbie2 toolkits to create the liveCD since both of us were already familiar with FreeBSD.

Hex Live CD project page

2) Dru’s links of the week – I’m not going to copy and paste them here; just have a look at her blog and the links.

Quiet week for FreeBSD

This week has been fairly quiet for FreeBSD. There’s nothing much to report. Suppose everybody is waiting for FreeBSD 7.0 to be released. I’ll post the usual Friday – quick news post tomorrow.

This week I’ve been playing round with FreeNAS. PCs are being upgraded in my department at work, so I could take home one of the spare computers (P4). I’m now using this one as my FreeNAS server.

FreeBSD news – quick links (week 4)

Some quick links that you may want to check out.