FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (2008 Q2)

This 2008 Q2 FreeBSD Status Report covers FreeBSD related projects between April and June 2008. During this period The FreeBSD Foundation has released their July Newsletter.

Table of contents:

Google Summer of Code

  • Layer2 filtering
  • Porting BSD-licensed text-processing tools from OpenBSD

Projects

  • Build cluster
  • finstall
  • FreeBSD Bugbusting Team
  • Graphics support for the boot loader
  • USB

FreeBSD Architecture

  • ARM/Marvell port

The Ports Collection

  • Ports Collection
  • Qt/KDE4 Status Report

Documentation

  • FreeBSD FAQ Renovation
  • The FreeBSD Dutch Documentation Project
  • The FreeBSD Hungarian Documentation Project
  • The FreeBSD Spanish Documentation Project

Whole report here

Reset admin/root password in FreeBSD (howto)

  1. Turn the system off.
  2. Hit ESC when the OS boots up
  3. Choose to boot into Single User Mode (option 4)
  4. Select the default shell (/bin/sh)
  5. When the machine is booted up and you see the prompt, enter:
    • mount -u /
    • mount -a
  6. Type passwd to reset the password
  7. Enter the new password and confirm it
  8. Type reboot to reboot the machine (or press the shutdown button to reboot)

Matthew Burnside on Public Key sudo (MP3)

This is a talk (MP3) about sudo and ssh by Matthew Burnside (New York BSD User Group – NYC*BUB)

Two tools which have become the norm in Linux- and Unix-based environments are SSH for secure communications, and sudo for performing administrative tasks. These are independent programs with substantially different purposes, but they are often used in conjunction. In this talk, I describe a flaw in their interaction, and then present our solution called public-key sudo.

Public-key sudo is an extension to the sudo authentication mechanism which allows for public key authentication using the SSH public key framework. I describe our implementation of a generic SSH authentication module and the sudo modifications required to use this module.

Download mp3 or view previous talks.

Bordeaux for FreeBSD coming soon

Bordeaux is designed to make installing some of the most popular Windows applications on Linux less of a hassle when using Wine.

Bordeaux is an addon to the Wine project and uses Dan Kegel’s Winetricks script as the backend processor. Unlike Wine which is free, a Bordeaux license costs $20.00.

Work has now started to make Bordeaux work on FreeBSD 7.0 as well (already working on Linux).

Over the last couple day’s I have been working on the Bordeaux for FreeBSD 7 port. We now have everything compiling and running but a lot more testing needs to be done before it’s ready for a final release. Internet Explorer, Steam and Office 2003 are the only applications I’ve gotten around to testing thus far. The good news is everything that I have tested works fairly well on FreeBSD.

If you’re a FreeBSD user and need to run any of the software that we currently support on the Linux client you might be interested in helping beta test this build and future builds up to the final stable release. At this time we can’t give out beta builds, but what we can do is if you purchase a license from the store for a Linux build then send a mail to support. This email is provided once you purchase a licence, and ask for a FreeBSD build I can send it to you.

More…

BSDTalk interview: NYCBSDCon 2008 update

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 11 minutes interview with Isaac Levy and Steven Kreuzer. Subject of the interview are the preparations for the upcoming New York City BSD Conference (NYCBSDCon) 2008 (11-12 October 2008, New York). More information on the conference can be found at http://www.nycbsdcon.org/

BSDTalk 156 – Listen to or download the podcast: MP3 | OGG

This conference is listed on my public FreeBSD Events Calendar. Check it out for any BSD related events in your area.

BSD Magazine – Issue 2 – September 2008

The second issue of the BSD Magazine (September 2008) is out now.

More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-tos and extras. This is the table of contents:

06 BSD News
08 DVD contents description
10 OpenBSD 4.3 installation & configuration
18 You have installed it? Now what? Packages!!
22 OpenBSD
26 BSD Certification
30 Building an OpenBSD SAMP server with content filtering proxy
38 OpenBSD as an Desktop
40 Inside the PBI system
44 Connecting to other IM networks
50 Kernel File system – development in userspace
54 Securing IM using Jabber/XMPPP and LTS
58 OpenBSD and making money
61 Absolute FreeBSD 2nd edition
62 PC-BSD in schools
64 Interview with OpenBSD developer Damien Bergamini

For more information and subscriptions visit the BSD Magazine website.

FreeBSD Developers Summit – Cambridge 2008

The FreeBSD Developers Summit (15-18 August) has now kicked off in Cambridge (UK). Subject of  discussions, amongst others, are operating system virtualisation, access control and the FreeBSD 8.0 release.

This is an invitation only meeting for FreeBSD (core) developers, but you can check out the Dev Summit wik to see what’s going on behind the scenes or check Philip Paep”s blog

Our developer summit here in Cambridge started off rather well today. Robert decided that a brisk half hour walk from King’s to the computer lab was a good start of the day. I happen to agree.

Will keep you updated with any interesting stuff i find out, especially about FreeBSD 8.

For a general idea what sort of things get discussed at Dev Summits have a look at Bjoern A. Zeeb account of the BSDCan 2008 Developers Summit (with pictures).

Thanks to Rodrigo Osoriao for making me aware of this.

Check out any upcoming FreeBSD related events on my FreeBSD Google Calendar