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.