Let’s get RAID | BSD Now 36 (video)

BSD Now Episode 36 shows how to set up RAID arrays in FreeBSD and there’s also an interview with David Chisnall – of the FreeBSD core team – about the switch to Clang.

Other subjects being discussed are:

  • OpenBSD 5.5 released
  • FreeBSD foundation funding highlights
  • OpenSSH without OpenSSL
  • BSDMag’s April 2014 issue is out
  • Interview – David Chisnall
  • Tutorial - RAID in FreeBSD and OpenBSD
  • BSDTalk episode 240
  • m2k14 trip reports
  • Why you should use FreeBSD on your cloud VPS
  • PC-BSD weekly digest

Other formats can be watched/downloaded here.

FreeBSD News Contest Winners

FreeBSD News is proud to announce the winners of our first contest! Congratulations!

Stephen Hilton

Fred Gibbs

Patrick Tracanelli

Anthony VanWey

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bsdtalk240 “About Time” with George Neville-Neil

bsdtalksmThe folks at bsdtalk have uploaded their new talk with George Neville-Neil. In this 35 minute talk, they discuss network time protocol as well as the precision time protocol.

You can listen to the ogg file here: http://cis01.uma.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk240.ogg

Check out the official page at: http://bsdtalk.blogspot.com/2014/04/bsdtalk240-about-time-with-george.html

PC-BSD vs. Ubuntu

PC-BSD Logoubuntu_logo_black-orangeThis article by Make Tech Easier discusses the pros and cons of both PC-BSD and Ubuntu as an open-source desktop operating system. The two operating systems are compared by the ease of use as a desktop, starting with the installation process, desktop environment, and ending with application support and installation.

To read the full article with graphics, check out the following link: http://www.maketecheasier.com/pc-bsd-vs-ubuntu/

FreeBSD Projects accepted on Google’s Summer of Code 2014

https://1-ps.googleusercontent.com/sx/s.google-melange.appspot.com/www.google-melange.com/soc/content/2-1-20140429/images/gsoc/logo/920x156xbanner-gsoc2014.png.pagespeed.ic.gdr4t3Igca.pngEvery year, Google hosts a Summer of Code that brings student developers from around the world to work on various software development projects, including open-source. This year, a handful of these projects are also FreeBSD related.

The following lists the project title, along with the student developer and mentor:

Porting FreeBSD on Android Emulator Alexander Tarasikov Gavin Atkinson
Pkg pluggable repositories Vsevolod Stakhov Bapt
FreeBSD preseed installation (PXE) Kamil Czekirda Devin Teske
CTF implementation and use in the kernel debugger Daniel Lovasko George Neville-Neil
High-speed firewall: convert IPFW/PF rules to C module dpl David Chisnall
Bring up FreeBSD on MicroBlaze ErnestS Grzegorz Bernacki
Improve Unicode support in FreeBSD Dmitry Selyutin Pedro Giffuni
Modular scripting system for FreeBSD loader with Lua support Pedro Souza Wojciech A. Koszek
Implementation of evdev protocol and touchscreens support jceel Edward Tomasz Napiera?a
Instruction caching for bhyve Mihai Carabas Neel Natu
Kernel debugging support for LLDB Mike Ma Ed Maste
Implement Intel SMAP and kernel patching framework Oliver Pinter Gavin Atkinson
A new enhanced bootsplash Seiya Nuta Kris Moore
BSNMP Enhancements Shonali Balakrishna Shteryana
Flexible dependencies with pkg Elvira Khabirova Andrey Zverev
Machine readable output from userland utilities Zarko Korchev Eitan Adler

Thank you to reader Pedro Giffuni for suggesting this article!

Take a look at the full list here: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/projects/list/google/gsoc2014

FreeBSD First Quarter 2014 Status Report

The developers of FreeBSD have just released their status report updates for the first quarter of 2014. There have been many notable changes within the last 4 months. The following list from the status report outlines some of their major achievements:

  • Ports team released their landmark first quarterly “stable” branch
  • FreeBSD continues to grow on the ARM architecture, now running on an ARM-based Chromebook
  • SMP is now possible on multi-core ARM systems
  • bhyve, the native FreeBSD hypervisor, continues to improve
  • An integral test suite is taking shape, and the Jenkins Continuous Integration system has been implemented
  • FreeBSD patches to GCC are being “forward-ported”, and LLDB, the Clang/LLVM debugger is being ported
  • Desktop use has also seen improvements, with work on Gnome, KDE, Xfce, KMS video drivers, X.org, and vt, the new console driver which supports KMS and Unicode
  • Linux and Wine binary compatibility layers have been improved
  • UEFI booting support has been merged to head
  • The FreeBSD Foundation continues to assist in moving FreeBSD forward, sponsoring conferences and meetings and numerous development projects

To see a detailed report from each team and developer, head on over to this link: https://www.freebsd.org/news/status/report-2014-01-2014-03.html