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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 newsworthy and which you may find 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.

FreeBSD on OpenStack
There has not been a complete solution to run FreeBSD instances on OpenStack, until now.
github – 3 Feb 2014

OpenSSH 6.5 has been released
openssh.ort – 30 Jan 2014

Crazed Ferrets in a Berkeley Shower – 2014 edition
Michael Lucas Blog – 29 jan 2014

FOSDEM 2014 Photos
Pictures from the first conference of the year, FOSDEM. Photo credits go to John Hixson from iXsystems.
iXsystems Google+ page – 8 Feb 2014

NetApp and Microsoft: We’re ‘close’ to virtual ONTAP on Azure
The seed for this approach was sown in May 2012, when Microsoft, Citrix and +NetApp announced they would work together to make FreeBSD run as a guest OS under Hyper-V.
The Register – 05 Feb 2014

Time to bid farewell to the old pkg_ tools
Bye bye PKG
freebsdish.org - 3 Feb 2014

Strength of FreeNAS Project Sets iXsystems Apart
Interview with iXsystems CTO Jordan Hubbard
dcig.com – 04 Feb 2014

FreeBSD support in Google Cloud Engine (GCE)
FreeBSD kind of runs on the +Google Cloud Platform,  but there are still a couple of issues, and the process isn’t that straight forward at the moment.

FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems Collaborate to Further the Cause of High Performance Computing on FreeBSD
Remember MEGACORE, the 1TB of RAM beast? Check out how the FreeBSD Foundation plans to use the powerful machine!

FreeBSD Guides
Screencast tutorials about how to get things done with FreeBSD

FreeBSD 10.0 on Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite
The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a neat little device that costs less than US$100, has three Ethernet ports, and can run FreeBSD/mips.

Clang Is Now Self-Hosting On Linux/FreeBSD SPARC64
Thanks to Jakob’s work on Sparcv9 ABI in Clang and recent changes to Sparc code generator
LLVMDev – 02 Feb 2014

FreeBSD Open-Source OS Comes to the PC-BSD Desktop
While FreeBSD itself could potentially be used as a desktop system, the PC-BSD open-source project is the home base for FreeBSD as a desktop operating system. PC-BSD 10, based on FreeBSD 10 at its core, was officially released on Jan. 29.
Eweek.com – 31 Jan 2014

FreeBSD to support secure boot by mid-year
Support for secure boot will be available in the FreeBSD 10.1 release which is due to be made later this year, according to Marshall Kirk McKusick.
itwire.com – 20 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 16
Big news this week for the PBI format. Kris has confirmed that a patch has been implemented for the way PBI’s are being built that will shrink the size of PBI’s by approximately 50%.
PC-BSD Blog – 7 Feb 2014

Reliable and Customer Friendly FreeBSD Hosting

A few months ago there was a discussion on the FreeBSD Central Google+ page about the most reliable and customer friendly hosting company for FreeBSD webhosting.

The following companies were recommended:

If you’re happy with your FreeBSD hosting company, please share with fellow readers and leave a comment below.

 

Setting up your first VPS FAMP Stack

Diego from RootBSD has put together a handy blog post (Setting Up Your First VPS FAMP Stack) showing how to set up a FAMP stock (FreeBSD, Apache, MySQL, PHP) on a (RootBSD) VPS.

Just 5 easy steps and a bit of configuration and it’s all done.

  • Upgrading Ports Tree Using Portsnap
  • Installing Apache 2.2.x
  • Installing PHP 5.3.x
  • Installing MySQL
  • Additional Modules
  • Finished

RootBSD is a provider of FreeBSD and OpenBSD hosting and VPS Solutions. Having your hosting account with RootBSD gives you ease of mind and full control with all of the advantages from a dedicated server: full root access, customizable environment, and guaranteed hardware resources. Find out more.

Disclosure: freebsdnews.com it affiliated with RootBSD.

CAM Target Layer committed to HEAD

Ken Merry committed CTL to HEAD for testing earlier this week.

From the commit message:

CTL is a disk and processor device emulation subsystem originally written for Copan Systems under Linux starting in 2003. It has been shipping in Copan (now SGI) products since 2005. It was ported to FreeBSD in 2008, and thanks to an agreement between SGI (who acquired Copan’s assets in 2010) and Spectra Logic in 2010, CTL is available under a BSD-style license. The intent behind the agreement was that Spectra would work to get CTL into the FreeBSD tree.

The FreeBSD Foundation spoke to Ken about the benefits of CTL and this is what he had to say.

Exclusive RootBSD Hosting offer – extended

Due to popular demand, RootBSD has extended the VPS hosting offer until 5 August.

If you’re interested in running a FreeBSD based website or web services, you will be interested to know that freebsdnews.net has teamed up with RootBSD, giving regular readers a $10 discount when signing up before 6 Aug 2011.

For an affordable and robust virtual server solution you can’t go wrong with RootBSD: There’s no minimum contract and no multiple months upfront payments are required.

RootBSD’s packages start at $19/month, and if you sign up through this link before 1 July and add FBSDNEWS as coupon code, you’ll get $10 off your first month’s payment.

We don’t know if and when RootBSD makes this offer available again.

 

Exclusive RootBSD Hosting offer

RootBSD is a provider of stable FreeBSD / OpenBSD hosting services and VPS Solutions. The BSD hosting experts can solve your hosting problems from small to large with their bullet-proof VPS and dedicated packages backed by friendly technical support.

RootBSD offers:

If you’re interested in running a FreeBSD based website or web services, you will be interested to know that freebsdnews.net has teamed up with RootBSD, giving regular readers a $10 discount when signing up before 1 Aug 2011.

For an affordable and robust virtual server solution you can’t go wrong with RootBSD: There’s no minimum contract and no multiple months upfront payments are required.

RootBSD’s packages start at $19/month, and if you sign up through this link before 1 July and add FBSDNEWS as coupon code, you’ll get $10 off your first month’s payment.

Ease of mind and full control with all of the advantages from a dedicated server: full root access, customizable environment, and guaranteed hardware resources.

 

Most reliable webhosts – February 2010

According to last months Netcraft webhost reliability report, two web hosts in the top 10 run FreeBSD as their operating system.

After an email conversation with one of the guys from RootBSD last month, I realised that these statistics are useless. He writes:

Netcraft is not an impartial source for measuring uptime.  The problems with Netcraft for picking a webhost:

  • Hosts where their data collectors are located are obviously favored due to best latency and reliability — not having to cross over Internet paths
  • Only hosts who pay them 1200 GBP / year are included.
  • They are only measuring the web host’s website, which may not even be hosted on the same infrastructure as customer sites.

You see, I wasn’t aware that only paying webhosters were included. So it’s mainly the big ‘boys’ with big marketing budgets that are willing to pay for this service.

As this is not giving a true picture of the reliability and the use of FreeBSD within the hosting community, I will not refer to the monthly Netcraft report going forward.

RootBSD prefers webhostingstuff.com to show their reliability and uptime.

About RootBSD:

RootBSD was established with one goal in mind: provide reliable, flexible, and supported BSD-based hosting services to professionals and businesses. Originally we were searching for a quality service provider to work with us on providing hosting. A lengthy search yielded many providers that only offer BSD as a haphazard option to their packages designed for Linux or providers who simply don’t meet the business requirements in reliability and stability for which we were looking.RootBSD gives you the power to innovate and scale on top of the BSD operating systems. Our services are rock solid; in fact, you might call us the BSD hosting solution.

Find out more about RootBSD’s FreeBSD VPS Hosting (virtual private server)

RootBSD was established with one goal in mind: provide reliable, flexible, and supported BSD-based hosting services to professionals and businesses. Originally we were searching for a quality service provider to work with us on providing hosting. A lengthy search yielded many providers that only offer BSD as a haphazard option to their packages designed for Linux or providers who simply don’t meet the business requirements in reliability and stability for which we were looking.

RootBSD gives you the power to innovate and scale on top of the BSD operating systems. Our services are rock solid; in fact, you might call us the BSD hosting solution.

Most reliable hosting sites – September 2009

netcraft logoNetcraft‘s monthly reliability monitoring showed a bit of a mixed picture in September. Linux took the number 1 place.  IN the top10 FreeBSD took places 3, 7 and 10.

DataPipe (who use FreeBSD) was one of the most reliable hosting company sites in August, and only narrowly missed out on the same achievement in September. DataPipe has shown some good results over the past six months, notching up five top-ten appearances, including three first places.

All the details here.