FreeBSD Status Reports: July – September 2008

The July – September, 2008 Status Reports are now available

In this Quarter work has been progressing in quite a few areas of FreeBSD. FreeBSD 7.1-BETA2 and 6.4-RC2 have been released for pre-release testing. EuroBSDCon 2008 took place in Strasbourg, France and quite a few developers got together for the Developer Summit before the Conference. The USB2 stack has been imported into the -HEAD branch.

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“Official” FreeBSD Forums launched

The FreeBSD Project has announced the availability of a FreeBSD.org hosted community discussion forum. Personally, I’m quite pleased with this as I prefer forums over mailinglists. Unless you use gmail or an email program that is able to keep threads together, mailinglists can be quite “messy”.

There are already a couple of FreeBSD related forums, such as bsdnexus and daemonforums, but hopefully this will become FreeBSD’s main forum, although I’m sure there will be those out there that prefer the forum they’ve been using for years.

The FreeBSD project is finally, after much work, pleased to announce the availability of an official FreeBSD web based discussion forum. It is our hope that this forum will serve as a public support channel for FreeBSD users around the world and as a complement to our fine mailing lists.

Many thanks for everybody who emailed me regarding this.

Flash 9 for FreeBSD 7.1 (howto)

Flash 9 for FreeBSD at last! And I don’t mean having to run a Windows or Linux browser — Flash 9 in native Firefox 3. FreeBSD’s linux emulation layer has undergone some upgrades recently, and as of FreeBSD 7.1 it is able to provide enough kernel support to get the linux Flash player version 9 running. Very good indeed, and hopefully it’ll hold us out until Adobe create official native FreeBSD support (assuming that rumour comes true). Note: this only works on i386 and AMD64 platforms.

Instructions here (crnl.org/blog, 01/11/2008)

BTW PC-BSD 7.0.1 comes with Flash 9 pre-installed

Many thanks Aragon for letting me know.

No cost FreeBSD shell accounts online

Having an online *BSD shell account is great for experimenting with BSD, network debugging or testing environments. There is a number of shell providers available for different flavours of BSD.

If you want to sign up with any do some research with regards to available RAM, speed of the machine, type of processor and server connection speed.

HP Testdrive seems to be one of the better ones, if not the best. If offers plenty of choice with regards to operating systems, have massive servers with plenty of RAM and fast processors.

BSD Talk has a short introduction on free online shells (BSD Talk 8) and a couple of links to providers.

I’d also like to mention the MTV Europe shell project. Though online only part-time and not free for FreeBSD (yet) it comes with a few extras.

I got one server with FreeBSD installed, which is available for access during weekends. If more than 20 people will subscribe I can keep it running 24/7.

FreeBSD Summer of Code finished – update

Murray Stockely reports about the success rate for Summer of Code students working on FreeBSD. 19 out of 21 students successfully completed the program this summer.  He has created a summary of all 19 individual projects. On the Google Open Source Blog he wrote a post to showcase some student projects from our fourth successful summer of code:

FreeBSD has participated as a mentoring organization in the Google Summer of Code™ each year since 2005. This year, FreeBSD mentored 21 students with a final success rate of 91%. Robert Watson and I have written a detailed summary of the FreeBSD 2008 Summer of Code experience. With the help of our mentors we’ve selected three successful projects to showcase here:

The summer has ended but many students are continuing to work on their projects.

Why FreeBSD is my favorite *nix OS (Scott Spear)

Scott Spear has created a nice summary with the reasons why he loves FreeBSD

Installation

FreeBSD provides a very easy installation process; it uses Sysinstall as an automated installation package to do it for you. All you have to do is answer some questions to create users and tell it which software to install and you are on your way to being up and running in a matter of minutes…. continued

Security

FreeBSD is one of the most secure operating systems available. There are a number of security features built into the system that deal with user and file system security. There are also a number of applications compatible with FreeBSD that offer added security beyond the default features….. continued

Compatibility

There are numerous hardware compatibilities listed on the hardware notice for each release of FreeBSD. It is compatible with all the major processors the most popular being Intel and AMD….. continued

Ports

The port system is a collection of software that is packaged and ready for installation on a FreeBSD system. You can download the source and install them very quickly and easily….. continued

Documentation

FreeBSD has many different options for documentation. They offer eight different kinds of documentation on their website including FAQ, Manual Pages, and the FreeBSD Handbook. There is also a web resources section, a for newbies section, and books and articles….. continued

Read the whole post here (webmasterbydesign.com – 08/10/2008)