Win4BSD now free for non-commercial use

Virtual Bridges is has announced that Win4BSD for Desktops will be offered at no charge for non-commercial use.

Win4BSD is a PC emulator that runs Windows as a guest at nearly native speed under FreeBSD/PC-BSD. It is based on QEMU. However, Win4BSD offers many advantages, including improved speed, ease of use, more seamless integration with the host OS, and “grabless” mouse transition between the host and Windows
guest.

Win4BSD.com, where the Win4BSD package can be downloaded, will become a portal for FreeBSD and PC-BSD information.

Win4BSD was built by Virtual Bridges to detirmine the level of acceptance by the FreeBSD and PC-BSD community for high-grade commercial software. After two years, we have concluded desktop BSD-oriented applications are best accepted by the non-commercial community when offered at no charge and made freely available.

Source: Virtual Bridges Blog

7 Reasons why BSD is better than Linux

Matt Hartley, who is using Linux full time himself gives 7 reasons why BSD operating systems are preferred over Linux (but he also admits that BSD has its shortcomings):

  1. BSD is dead simple
  2. Create your own OS
  3. Speed
  4. Stability
  5. Software packaging
  6. Security
  7. Suitability for intellectual property (IP)
Follow this link for the full reasoning.

And a related sort of article I thought I’d link to:

Why you should use a BSD style license for your Open Source Project

This document makes a case for using a BSD style license for software and data; specifically it recommends using a BSD style license in place of the GPL. It can also be read as a BSD versus GPL Open Source License introduction and summary.

Please don’t start a flame war on BSD and GPL; I know all the pros and cons; I’m only providing links to articles, so if you don’t agree with the views held, please leave comments on the website I’ve linked to

The New York City BSD Conference (NYCBSDCon) 2008

The New York City BSD Conference begins in a few weeks (October 11-12, 2008 at Columbia University in New York City), so make sure you register as soon as possible. NYCBSDCon brings together the best and brightest of the BSD communities from the New York area and beyond.

The conference costs $95, including breakfast and lunch on both days, in addition to a number of other extras. Full-time students and Columbia University affiliates pay only $50 with valid identification.

This year’s schedule is impressive: from file systems and the portable C compiler to system and network management, we are thrilled to be able to provide such strong content. A full array of BSD developers and systems administrators are speaking, including Pawel Dawidek, Michael Lucas, Jason Wright and DragonFly BSD’s Matt Dillon. And Jason Dixon looks again to top his 2006 presentation on “Is BSD Dying?” with a look at “BSD versus the GPL.”

While the conference officially begins on Saturday morning, October 11th, attendees will be gathering on Friday night at Havanna Central, just across from Columbia University.

More information, including the schedule and transportation options, can be found at http://www.nycbsdcon.org.

Check out my FreeBSD Events and Conferences calendar for more events

Setting up MLDonkey on FreeBSD (howto)

Linux/BSD: sharing experiences is a blog with useful howtos for FreeBSD and Linux. The latest howto is on setting up MLDonkey on an old, headless, PC.

MLDonkey is an open source, free software multi-network peer-to-peer application. Currently the following protocols are supported: eDonkey, Overnet, Bittorrent, Gnutella, Gnutella2, Fasttrack, FileTP and Kademlia.

I wanted to put my 266 Mhz Celeron to good use so I’ve decided to install MLDonkey without X11 support leaving only the core with both telnet and web interfaces.

Bellow are the steps need to install MLDonkey on FreeBSD 7.0:

Thanks for letting me know about this post, Ricardo!

Google FreeBSD Summer of Code 2008 results

The FreeBSD Project is proud to have taken part in the Google Summer of Code 2008. We received more high quality applications this year than ever before. In the end it was a very tough decision to narrow it down to the 21 students selected for funding by Google. These student projects included security research, improved installation tools, new utilities, and more. Many of the students have continued working on their FreeBSD projects even after the official close of the program.

The FreeBSD project has released an update on the (finished/continuing) work of the projects:

  • Implementation of MPLS in FreeBSD
  • TCP/IP regression test suite (tcptest)
  • Porting Open Solaris Dtrace Toolkit to FreeBSD
  • Adding .db support to pkg_tools –> pkg_improved
  • Porting BSD-licensed text-processing tools from OpenBSD
  • Multibyte collation support
  • VM Algorithm Improvement
  • TCP anomaly detector
  • FreeBSD auditing system testing
  • Dynamic memory allocation for dirhash in UFS2
  • Reference implementation of the SNTP client
  • NFSv4 ACLs
  • Enhancing FreeBSD’s Libarchive
  • Allowing for parallel builds in the FreeBSD Ports
  • Ports license auditing infrastructure
  • Improving layer2 filtering
  • Porting FreeBSD to Efika (PPC bring up)
  • Audit Firewall Events from Kernel
  • Create a tiny operating system from FreeBSD

All results here.