FreeBSD 10.0 in the news

After some delays, FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE was released earlier this week. This release has been reported about on some of the major open source websites, and seems to have been well received.

Some reports can be read here.

If you’re aware of any other ones, please share in the comments.

The Daemon and the Penguin, FreeNAS labels, pfSense, PC-BSD updates

Freebsd newsWelcome to the latest (Free)BSD news round-up in which we have a mix of news snippets and links. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous (Free)BSD related links that are news worthy and which you may find hopefully interesting, but are yet too small to package as individual posts.

Some of the links below have already appeared in our Google Plus +FreeBSD Central and Twitter feeds.

PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 Now Available
This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so.
PC-BSD Blog – 23 Jan 2014

New pfSense website
The pfSense project has a new website

pfSense 2.1.1-PRERELEASE Snapshots available
For those who are inclined to try such things, 2.1.1-PRERELEASE snapshots are up for testing at snapshots.pfsense.org. New features and changes.

Amazon supporting FreeBSD Foundation
When you shop at Amazon through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1545163, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the FreeBSD Foundation.

FOSDEM 2014 BSD program
The program for the BSD devroom at #FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels is now available.

FreeBSD Programming Primer
BSD Mag has an issue with 12 tutorials on how to develop a Content Management System (CMS) which will run under an AMP stack on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Linux. In this series Rob Somerville looks at the tools, processes and methods involved in writing a CMS.
BSD Mag – 14 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over.
PC-BSD Blog – 24 Jan 2014

The Daemon, the GNU & the Penguin
Peter Salus’s book, the Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, was a regular Groklaw feature in 2005 and 2006. It is now in book form (paperback) and available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s been expanded, and the subtitle now is “How Free and Open Software is Changing the World”.

iXsystems’ new FreeNAS device needs your label vote
Here’s your chance to influence the design of an upcoming FreeNAS product from iXsystems! Help us pick which label you’d like to see by leaving a comment on this post.
Vote via +iXsystems, Facebook or the FreeNAS forums

FreeBSD 11 has been added to the BSD Family Tree

OpenBSD rescued from unpowered oblivion by $20K bitcoin donation

BSD Now Episode 21: Tendresse for Ten (video)

bsd_now_logoThe BSDNow.tv Team has uploaded a new episode: Tendresse for Ten 20, featuring an interview with Colin Percival.In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

  • FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE is out
  • OpenSSH 6.5 CFT
  • DIY NAS story, FreeNAS 9.2.1-BETA
  • OpenBSD needed funding for electricity.. and they got it
  • Interview – Colin Percival
  • Tutorial: Bandwidth monitoring and testing
  • pfSense talk at Tokyo FreeBSD Benkyoukai
  • m0n0wall 1.8.1 released
  • Ansible and PF, plus NTP
  • ruBSD videos online
  • PCBSD weekly digest

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FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE Announcement

freebsd-logo-largeWell, after a long wait and an unexpected RC5, FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE is here, the 10th version of this venerable operating system.

FreeBSD 10 comes with a lot more and better support for virtualisation (Hyper-V, virtio, BHyVe), Clang is the default compiler (replacing GCC), better WiFi support, better DNS tools (Unbound and LNDS) and support for ZFS TRIM and LZ4 compression. Other gems are support for the Raspberry Pi, Amazon AWS EC2 cloud, and a framework called netmap for fast and safe access to network devices for fast packet I/O.

FreeBSD may have a relatively small percentage of the global server market, but it is very promising that the FreeBSD technology is being implemented (or should I say, embedded) and utilised now by some well known companies, such as Sony, NetApp, CloudSigma and Netflix.

Read the announcement for more information, download links, MD5s and acknowledgements.

A quick upgrade refresher:

  • freebsd-update upgrade -r 10.0-RELEASE
  • freebsd-update install
  • reboot freebsd-update install
  • pkg upgrade -f
  • reboot freebsd-update install

Happy downloading / upgrading.

BSD Now Episode 20: BHyve Mind (video)

bsd_now_logoThe BSD Now TV Team has uploaded a new episode, BHyve Mind (Episode 20), featuring an interview with the developers of BHyve and a tutorial on how to set it up and to use it.

Bhyve, the “BSD hypervisor”, is a legacy-free hypervisor/virtual machine manager developed on FreeBSD and relies on modern CPU features such as Extended Page Tables (EPT) and VirtIO network and storage drivers.

In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

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FreeBSD security advisories

FreeBSD Security AdvisortyThe FreeBSD Security Team notifies the Community of a handful of vulnerabilities that have been discovered. Please check the advisories and take the appropriate actions.

These issues either don’t affect the upcoming FreeBSD 10.0 (building was kicked off on 15 Jan) or have already been fixed.

BSD Now Episode 19: The InstallFest (video) – UPDATED

bsd_now_logoThe BSD Now TV Team has uploaded a new episode, The Installfest – Episode 19, featuring the much anticipated *BSD Installations comparison.In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

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Link updated – thanks Joao.

BSDTalk interview with George Neville-Neil on FreeBSD Journal

Podcast LogosWill Backman of BSDTalk (BSDTalk 237) has uploaded a 22 minutes interview with George Neville-Neil (MP3 or OGG) wherein they talk about the upcoming FreeBSD Journal.

Will and George chat about the following – these are just some notes:

There’s already a BSD Magazine, but not a magazine focusing on FreeBSD only

The Editorial Board consists of the following members

  • John Baldwin
  • Daichi Goto
  • Joseph Kong
  • Dru Lavign
  • Michael Lucas
  • Kirk McKusick
  • George Neville-Neil
  • Hiro Sato
  • Robert Watson

Task of the Board is to find interesting content and articles, by talking to those active in the FreeBSD community.

Target market of the Journal is the FreeBSD community (so users know what’s going on) and developers (as they’re not involved in all parts of the FreeBSD operating system).

There will be 6 issues per year and each issue will be around one specific theme:

  • FreeBSD 10 (end of Jan 2014)
  • Networking
  • Virtualisation
  • Development tools
  • New hardware features

The magazine will be distributed through online channels so it can be read on tablets, also offline.

The FreeBSD Journal app  will be available for free trough the Google Play Store, Amazon Kindle Store and Apple iTunes. Though the app is free, a subscription is required to download the magazines, or single issues can be purchased.

A 1 year subscription (6 issues) costs $19.99 or $6.99 per single issue.

The FreeBSD Journal will be different from other mags:

  • Only electronic, no paper issue, just production costs to be paid for
  • No wastage due to spare paper copies
  • Just FreeBSD related and FreeBSD specific topics (ZFS, hardware etc)
  • Writers are often developers who are also able to write well

App and first issue to be released at same time, at the end of Jan 2014.

FreeBSD Foundation has allocated funds to cover the1st year. Subscription in place to re-coup some of the costs, or all. From next year, any profits will be used for the development and promotion of FreeBSD.

On freebsdjournal.com visitors can:

  • Contact editorial board
  • Leave feedback
  • Advertisers can contact board

Electronic issues won’t be available for download on freebsdjournal.com due to difficulties around subscriptions desktop apps. Journal only to be sold through app stores, at least for the the first number of months.

It won’t be possible to print copies of the Journal. Limited print runs may be available at FreeBSD related conferences.

The 1st issue (Jan 2014) will be about FreeBSD 10. Other subjects are:

  • FreeBSD 10 features
  • LLVM/Clang
  • ZFS
  • Beaglebone Black
  • Kernel related article
  • How to run a large data center with FreeBSD (NYI)
  • Columns
  • Events calendar
  • This day in BSD

This looks all very interesting, and I’m looking forward to the first Issue.

From what you have heard in the interview or read above, will you consider buying the FreeBSD Journal subscription?