BSD Conferences 2008

A few years ago, BSD enthusiast used to meet at Linux expos, but now there are couple of BSD-only conferences, which are getting bigger by the year. NYCBSDCon is back this year and there’s even new BSD conference in Barcelona this year.

Dates have been confirmed for EuroBSDCon 2008 and NYCBSDCon:

EuroBSD 2008 Conference

The seventh annual European BSD Conference, EuroBSDCon 2008, will take place at the University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg (France) on 18 – 19 October 2008. This conference is aimed at developers and users of all BSD flavors, including FreeBSD of course. A variety of full and half-day tutorials will precede the conference.

Feel free to subscribe to the announcement mailing list to be kept informed if interested of changes as they are announced. Questions regarding the conference can be sent to the organizing committee at 2008 [AT@] eurobsdcon [dot.] org.

NYCBSDCon 2008 ConferenceAfter an unfortunate hiatus in 2007, rest assured that NYCBSDCon will be happening over the weekend of 11-12 October 2008 at Columbia University, New York City, with a similar format to the 2006 conference. The organisers are looking forward to hosting the conference again, and hping the conference is going to be an exciting meeting place for *BSD users, sysadmins and developers from all the projects.

BSDCan 2008 will be held on 16-17 May 2008 at University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, and will be preceeded by two days of Tutorials on 14-15 May 2008. If interested, subscribe to the announce mailing list to be notified of more details and information.

AsiaBSDCon 2008 will be held from 27-30 March at the Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan

In summary:

  • BSDCan 2008 – 16-17 May – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
  • AsiaBSDCon 2008 – 27-30 March – Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan
  • EuroBSDCon 2008 – 18-19 October – University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • NYCBSDCon 2008 – 11-12 October – Columbia University, New York City, USA

BSD releases – week 9

Week 9 has been an interesting one for FreeBSD and FBSD based operating systems: FreeBSD 7.0 and pfSense 1.2 were released and there were some minor releases: FreeNAS 0.686.2 and m0n0wall 1.3b10.

FreeNAS 0.686.2

Majors changes:

  • Add ability to set a CIFS/SMB share read only.

Minors changes:

  • Add m4a/m4p support in MediaTomb configuration file.
  • Add /usr/bin/bc – An arbitrary precision calculator language

Bug fixes:

  • GID was not displayed correct on ‘Access/Groups’ WebGUI page.
  • Use inadyn-mt to 02.01.13 because all newer ones causes a core dump.

Permanent restrictions:

  • It is not possible to format a SoftRAID disk with MSDOS FAT16/32.
  • It is not possible to encrypt a disk partition, only complete disks are supported.

The latest version can be downloaded here.

On an additional note, the FreeNAS team have started porting FreeNAS to FreeBSD 7.0. This means  some big changes:

  • ZFS (Sun ZetaByte File System) will be included
  • The Web Interface will undergo a full review, especially the disk management/mount point process for permitting real share configuration (with permission and quotas support).

I’ve been using FreeNAS for a month now and I’m excited about the upcoming FBSD 7.0 based version.  Keep up the good work!

m0n0wall 1.3b10

m0n0wall beta version 1.3b10 is ready; no new features have been added, but the base has moved to FreeBSD 6.3 and a few issues have been fixed; most notably:

  • PPPoE/PPTP client auto-reconnect
  • DHCP client (should hopefully not lose its lease anymore)
  • IPsec NAT-T fragments
  • intermediate SSL CA certificates now accepted

For the change log and the download links, http://m0n0.ch/wall/beta.php

FreeBSD 7.0 DVDs

Eric A. emailed me yesterday saying he was creating a FreeBSD 7.0 DVD since the installation was quite cumbersome when he had to juggle CDs constantly. His DVD combines the 4 CDs into 1 bootable installation DVD ISO image which is now available on bittorrent:

Today I Dru Lavigne wrote that she has done the same (independently). On her blog she describes how to make a FreeBSD 7.0 DVD ISO yourself. It’s up to you: have some fun creating your own ISO or go to bittorrent and download Eric’s ISO.

It would be nice if the FreeBSD developers would release future versions as DVD ISO too. Just a humble request to any FBSD developer is reading this ;-)

FreeBSD 7.0 Released

FreeBSD LogoThe other day we mentioned the availability of FreeBSD 7.0 on the FTP servers, but now 7.0 has been officially announced and released by the FreeBSD Team:

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE. This is the first release from the 7-STABLE branch which introduces many new features along with many improvements to functionality present in the earlier branches.

Read the release announcement, release notes and the errata list for further details, new features and know problems. The release announcement has also information on the downloading (FTP, bittorent etc) and upgrading existing systems.

Join me in congratulating the FreeBSD Team and thank them for all their time and hard work.

Some of the highlights of FreeBSD 7.0:
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BSDCon: Barcelona 2008

A new BSD conference is being organised: BSDCon Barcelona 2008. This event is to be held in Barcelona from 19-20 April 2008 and the organisers are aiming to make this an annual event to cater for the growing BSD community in Spain.

Details about registering, presentations etc can be found on the website which is in Spanish, but if you use this link, Google translates it into English.

For more details or if you’d be willing to do a presentation, contact toomany [at@] toomany [dot.] net

FreeBSD 7.0 available for download

FreeBSD LogoFreeBSD 7.0 Stable, the long awaited next major release of the popular open source BSD operating has finally arrived! The ISO’s can now be downloaded from the FreeBSD FTP or torrent servers. We still have to wait for the official announcement ;-)

Congratulations to the FreeBSD release engineering team for another great release of FreeBSD (release notes).

What’s new in FreeBSD 7?

FreeBSD LogoFreeBSD is back to its incredible performance and now can take advantage of multi-core/CPUs systems very well… So well that some benchmarks on both Intel and AMD systems showed release 7.0 being faster than Linux 2.6 when running PostreSQL or MySQL.

Federico Biancuzzi interviewed two dozen developers to discuss all the cool details of FreeBSD 7.0: networking and SMP performance, SCTP support, the new IPSEC stack, virtualization, monitoring frameworks, ports, storage limits and a new journaling facility, what changed in the accounting file format, jemalloc(), ULE, and more.