Beta releases FreeBSD-6.4 and FreeBSD-7.1

The final stage of the FreeBSD-6.4 and FreeBSD-7.1 Release cycle has begun with the first beta releases. The ISO images for Tier-1 architectures are now available for download on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites. We encourage people to test and report any outstanding bugs. Please find more information about these releases on the Release Engineering Information page.

Eric spotted the beta builds already last week. Thanks for reporting, Eric.

FreeBSD QA/release cycle graphs

Mark Linimon wrote: Ifinally got around to updating these after having let them gather dust for a while. These include bar charts showing the time periods that various releases were being worked on (QA = Quality Assurance) and were supported by the FreeBSD security team. The dates for 6.4, 7.1, and beyond are all “best-guess”.

I find the graphs much easier to understand than the text-format descriptions in various emails.

Here are some unofficial graphs of the current proposed FreeBSD release and support schedule, based on current published data.

For purposes of this chart, I am using “qa” to mean “the time between when a CVS branch is frozen and a release is made”; I am using “support” to indicate support of a release by the Security Team.

The data are up at schedule.html.

Upgrade FreeBSD Jail (howto)

The FreeBSD jail mechanism is an implementation of operating system-level virtualization that allows administrators to partition a FreeBSD-based computer system into several independent mini-systems called jails. FreeBSD jails offer security, ease of delegation and os level virtualization. To upgrade your jail using make world use the following commands.

Oh, just in case you didn’t know, you can get FBSD Jail T-shirts from FreeBSD Mall ;-)

FreeBSD Jails - there's no escape

gmirror – recovering data from a failed hard disk

Having a working RAID and data mirroring set up on your server/PC is great for when your one of your hard disks dies, but what to do when this really happens to you? How do you get that data back?

This article shows what to do to retrieve your data back on a FreeBSD system that uses gmirror

I like RAID. On my development server, I use both hardware and software RAID. For hardware RAID on FreeBSD, I like 3Ware. For software RAID, I tend to use gmirror, because I don’t need more than RAID-1.

Some time ago I added two 120GB HDD to this system. One was SATA, one was PATA. They were joined together via gmirror. Tonight I received some errors that one of the drives was failing. I replaced the drive, and recovered the mirror. I’ll show you what I did, mostly so I know what to do the next time it happens, but also so you can see what to do as well.