2012: a BSD year in retrospective

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)

Defile of Eden – Kickstarter project (a game for FreeBSD)

Inspired by the theoretical offspring between Tank Jr and a ten year olds colouring book, Defile of Eden 2 is a game of fast paced 2D action where teams protect their bases whilst devising offenses to their opponents defences. A light hearted and humorous team death-match game, requiring skill and team play to achieve certain game objectives, within a hand drawn world.

Check the Kickstarter page and the announcement on the FreeBSD forums.

BHyVe: A New Hypervisor Coming to FreeBSD 10.0

Phoronix has an article on the new FreeBSD hypervisor, BHyve.

BHyVe is a legacy-free hypervisor being developed by FreeBSD developers that was recently merged into mainline to be part of the FreeBSD 10.0 release. The BHyVe virtualization hypervisor relies upon Intel VT-x and already has several interesting features as it aims to be truly legacy-free, high-performance, while being contained within a very small footprint.

BHyVe: A New Hypervisor Coming to FreeBSD 10.0

Android on FreeBSD

gferenc88 wrote up a guide showing how to get Android running in Oracle VM VirtualBox on FreeBSD.

Maybe it is not a big thing, but I have managed to run the Android OS with OpenGL support on FreeBSD.

Before we start, you must have enabled the Linuxulator and install the Linux base distribution from ports (emulators/linux_base-f10).

Here is how he did it: Android on FreeBSD

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bsdroid google android

BSDroid was a project that ported the Android framework to FreeBSD, and the main goal of project was to provide native binaries for tools and make it possible to develop Android applications on FreeBSD powered system without Android SDK for Linux.

Unfortunately, it has gone all quiet. Does anybody know what’s happening with BSDroid?

What’s new in FreeBSD

This video has been made from the slides and an audio recording of a NYCBUG talk by Eitan Adler in Jan of 2013 and gives an over view on the newest features in FreeBSD since 9.0. This talk covered some recent enhancements to FreeBSD as well some of the experimental upcoming changes. By the end of the talk you should have heard about one FreeBSD technology you hadn’t heard of before.

It covers:

  • bsdinstall
  • bsdconfig
  • Netmap
  • SMP PF
  • pkgng
  • Poudriere
  • clang + llvm
  • Capsicum
  • Auditdistd
  • New Hardware Support
  • Atheros Wireless
  • Virtualization
  • Filesystems: growfs, ZFS TRIM, FUSE, SU+J
  • CVS moving to svn

For more information on the future of FreeBSD source retrieval please see:

A decade of OS Access-control Extensibility (MAC)

This is an interesting piece on mandatory access-control by the well-known computer researcher and FreeBSD Foundation member Robert Watson:

To discuss operating system security is to marvel at the diversity of deployed access-control models: Unix and Windows NT multiuser security; Type Enforcement in SELinux; anti-malware products; app sandboxing in Apple OS X, Apple iOS, and Google Android; and application-facing systems such as Capsicum in FreeBSD. This diversity is the result of a stunning transition from the narrow 1990s Unix and NT status quo to security localization—the adaptation of operating-system security models to site-local or product-specific requirements.

A Decade of OS Access-control Extensibility