FreeBSD Foundation 2014 Year-End Fundraising Appeal

logo_freebsdfoundationDear FreeBSD community,
 
I’m writing to you today because I know you are passionate about FreeBSD. You care that it’s innovative, secure, stable, reliable, well engineered and documented, and loved.
 
For 14 years, the FreeBSD Foundation has been providing funding and support for the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. We are fully funded by donations from people like you. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that we’ve kicked off our year-end fundraising campaign!
 
This has been an exciting time for the Foundation and FreeBSD community. As you may have heard, we kicked off this fundraiser with the largest donation we’ve ever received. Whether you are a developer, writer, advocate, organizer, user, or investor, this donation is a positive reflection on the work you are doing for FreeBSD…..

Read the rest of the announcement from Deb Goodkin here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/12/freebsd-foundation-2014-year-end.html

ruBSD 2014 (13 December, Moscow)

ruBSD, a Russian technical BSD conference set up last year, will again take place this year on 13 December in Moscow.

The conference is free to attend, though registration is required as there are only a limited number of places.

The talks will be around highly loaded web servers, ZFS and iSCSI, package management, embedded-systems and IPv6 use in practice.

Among the presenters are Scott Long from Netflix, FreeBSD developer Baptiste Daroussin and Aleksandr Motin from iXsystems.

For more information visit the ruBSD 2014 event page.

8,000,000 Mogofoo-ops (BSD Now 65)

BSDNow.tv has uploaded another, weekly, video: 8,000,000 Mogofoo-ops (BSD Now 65).

“Coming up on the show this week, we’ve got an interview with Brendan Gregg of Netflix. He’s got a lot to say about performance tuning and benchmarks & even some pretty funny stories about how people have done them incorrectly.”

To view a summary of what Kris Moore and Alan Jude chat about or for other audio/video formats visit the BSD Now 65 page on Jupiter Broadcasting or click here for the youtube link.

64-bit ARM architecture project update

logo_freebsdfoundationIn this month’s project update we will take a look at the ongoing FreeBSD 64-bit ARM port. AArch64 is the official name for the 64-bit ARM architecture, but it is also known as ARMv8 and arm64. The 64-bit ARM architecture is expected to find use in traditional server markets, in contrast to the embedded and mobile markets where 32-bit ARM is widely adopted.

The FreeBSD Foundation is collaborating with ARM, Cavium, Semihalf and Andrew Turner to port FreeBSD to arm64. Cavium is contributing directly to the Foundation, supplying engineering expertise and hardware for the development community. Cavium’s ThunderX platform provides a great match for FreeBSD’s strength as a server operating system, and it supports up to 48 cores in a single package. ThunderX will be the initial reference target for this project, but ports to other arm64 platforms are expected later on.

Read the full announcement here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/11/64-bit-arm-architecture-project-update.html

Building and Installing custom kernel in FreeBSD-10

This post by Free and Open Source Software Knowledge Base shows us how to build and install a custom kernel in FreeBSD-10.

Go to the kernel source directory which contains the configurations.

cd /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf

Create a folder named kernel in the home directory of root user i.e. /root.

mkdir /root/kernels

Create a soft link in the /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf named “MYKERNEL” which links to /root/kernels/MYKERNEL file.

cp GENERIC /root/kernels/MYKERNEL
ln -s /root/kernels/MYKERNEL

Goto the folder created above.

cd /root/kernels/

Edit the file “MYKERNEL” and make the following change. This line helps us to create the new kernel which is a combination of a generic kernel and the extra features added. The following line includes the features available in a generic kernel

include         GENERIC

The other additional lines specify the features to be added in the kernel to be created.
For Example:

cpu             HAMMER
ident           GENERIC

makeoptions     DEBUG=-g                # Build kernel with gdb(1) debug symbols
makeoptions     WITH_CTF=1              # Run ctfconvert(1) for DTrace support

options         SCHED_ULE               # ULE scheduler
options         PREEMPTION              # Enable kernel thread preemption
options         INET                    # InterNETworking
options         INET6                   # IPv6 communications protocols
options         TCP_OFFLOAD             # TCP offload
options         SCTP                    # Stream Control Transmission Protocol
options         FFS                     # Berkeley Fast Filesystem
options         SOFTUPDATES             # Enable FFS soft updates support
options         UFS_ACL                 # Support for access control lists
options         UFS_DIRHASH             # Improve performance on big directories
options         UFS_GJOURNAL            # Enable gjournal-based UFS journaling
options         QUOTA                   # Enable disk quotas for UFS
options         MD_ROOT                 # MD is a potential root device

To build a file which contains all available options, run the following commands.

cd /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf
make LINT

Goto the main source folder.

cd /usr/src

Build and Install the new kernel with reference from the file “MYKERNEL”.

make buildkernel KERNCONF=MYKERNEL
make installkernel KERNCONF=MYKERNEL

Now reboot the machine to boot into the new kernel you just created now.

Original post: https://fosskb.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/building-and-installing-custom-kernel-in-freebsd-10/

WhatsApp donates 1 Million Dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation

logo_freebsdfoundationJam Koum, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp–a company well known to deploy FreeBSD on their servers, has recently made a very generous donation of $1,000,000 to the FreeBSD Foundation. This means that their 2014 fundraising goal of $1,000,000 has been surpassed. Congratulations!

whatsapp

A Message from Jan Koum:

Last week, I donated one million dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation, which supports the open source operating system that has helped millions of programmers pursue their passions and bring their ideas to life.
I’m actually one of those people. I started using FreeBSD in the late 90s, when I didn’t have much money and was living in government housing. In a way, FreeBSD helped lift me out of poverty – one of the main reasons I got a job at Yahoo! is because they were using FreeBSD, and it was my operating system of choice. Years later, when Brian and I set out to build WhatsApp, we used FreeBSD to keep our servers running. We still do.
I’m announcing this donation to shine a light on the good work being done by the FreeBSD Foundation, with the hope that others will also help move this project forward. We’ll all benefit if FreeBSD can continue to give people the same opportunity it gave me – if it can lift more immigrant kids out of poverty, and help more startups build something successful, and even transformative.
 –Jan Koum

Official blog post: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/11/freebsd-foundation-announces-generous.html