You can read amongst others about progress on the bhyve type-2 hypervisor, AMD GPUs kernel-mode setting, UEFI and the port to Raspberry Pi.
Juraj Sipos has announced the release of MaheshaBSD Server 2.0. This version comes with WordPress running on a USB memory stick.
This is the only distro in the World with WordPress running immediately without any installation process. Many poor people will have a quick FTP server with WordPress and they may open it also to the world.
Some brief notes on this release:
- With phpMyAdmin installed in MaheshaBSD Server many tasks with MySQL will be easy as a breeze.
- phpMyAdmin runs also remotely via TightVNC.
- The USB image is writable.
- MaheshaBSD Server has an educational purpose, too. It is also a social project. Many people in the Third World need money for education and many institutions fail to provide the valuable infrastructure (software, paying for development of software, etc.).
- The SERVER was tested over the Internet;
- tightvnc worked,
- WordPress worked.
MaheshaBSD Server can be downloaded and used for free by individuals; companies are expected to donate to the project:
The price is 200/150/100/50/25, but only for institutions; it is free for personal use. Institutions may choose any price, thus the software will be valuable also for institutions in very poor countries. Anybody can write and use it for free.
Thanks Juraj for the heads up. I will be testing this release over the next few days and will give you feedback.
Following the successful 2012 Year-End Fundraising Campaign the FreeBSD Foundation has announced that Semihalf, an embedded solutions company, has been awarded a grant to develop transparent superpages support for the FreeBSD/ARM architecture. Semihalf is co-sponsoring the project with the Foundation.
The ARM architecture is already common in the mobile and embedded markets, and is becoming more prevalent in the server market. Among the more interesting industry trends emerging recently is the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, which is an “ARM server” concept. Many top tier companies have started developing systems or are announcing products with this architecture.
One of the features needed for FreeBSD to be successful in this area is transparent super pages. This provides improved performance and scalability by allowing TLB translations to dynamically cover large physical memory regions.
The project is expected to complete in mid July 2013.
I was not aware, but there’s also fbsdmon that measures ports popularity and lets you submit statistics of your system (if you have installed the fbsdmon port). The website, maintained by FreeBSD developer Grzegorz Blach, also shows links to the FreeBSD RSS feeds.
Does anybody use fbsdmon.org? If you have any feedback, feel free to contact Grzegorz.
Thanks Grzegorz for contacting me and making me aware. If you have a FreeBSD related product, service or website that you want featuring, let me know.
Watch out, another BSD-Day is rising: next April in Naples where BSD people of Italy and Central Europe meet up! This event is an excellent opportunity for BSD developers and enthusiasts to present their work to larger audiences, share their thoughts with their fellows and reach out for their potential partners.
Traditionally, the event tries to avoid formalities as it does not require the speakers to submit papers or the attendees to register or pay an entry fee. However, the invited folks are encouraged to a give a brief talk on their favourite BSD topic. The goal is to motivate everybody, especially university students to see the benefits of our approach and take a chance on working with BSD systems.
For more info, visit http://bsdday.eu/2013
Thanks Giovanni for the heads up. If you have anything FreeBSD related to announce, let me know.
FreeBSD is by far the most active BSD when it comes to sheer numbers, having the largest user and developer base (roughly 80% of the whole BSD community). In 2012, a new minor version of FreeBSD 8 (8.3-RELEASE in April) was released, as well as a new major version (9.0-RELEASE in January) and its first minor release (9.1-RELEASE in December).
With 9.0-RELEASE, there came a long list of changes.
Read the whole post here on the many exciting changes that found their way into FreeBSD 9.1: 2012: a BSD year in retrospective (osnews.com)