BSD Now Episode 26: Port Authority (video)

bsd_now_logoThe bsdnow.tv team has uploaded a new weekly episode, Port Authority, featuring an interview with Joe Marcus Clark and a FreeBSD ports tutorial.

In this episode (see video below) the two hosts, Allan Jude and Kris Moore, chat about the following topics:

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FreeBSD 10.0: release.sh mapped

Rick Miller has put together a useful and visually easy to understand map of FreeBSD 10 release.sh.

FreeBSD‘s release.sh is a shell script introduced in FreeBSD 9.x whose purpose is to automate FreeBSD release building from source.  This post maps the release.sh into a table of variables and a flowchart describing the program flow and is based on release.sh

Thanks Rick

BSD Now Episode 25: a sixth pfSense (video)

bsd_now_logoThis is an interview with Chris Buechler, from the pfSense project, to learn just how easy it can be to deploy a BSD firewall. There’s also a walk through the pfSense interface so you can get an idea of just how convenient and powerful it is.

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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX makes its 100th release: NuttX 6.33

nuttx_iconNuttX is a real-time operating system (RTOS) with an emphasis on standards compliance and small footprint. Scalable from 8-bit to 32-bit micro-controller environments, the primary governing standards in NuttX are POSIX and ANSI standards. Supported platforms include ARM, Atmel AVR, x86, Z80 and others.

Additional standard APIs from Unix and other common RTOS’s are adopted for functionality not available under these standards, or for functionality that is not appropriate for deeply-embedded environments.

NuttX was first released in 2007 by Gregory Nutt under the permissive BSD license, and today the 100th release was made: NuttX 6.33.

Build your own FreeBSD/EC2 images

Colin Percival has an interesting post (how to build FreeBSD/EC2 images) explaining how you can bake your own FreeBSD  images for Amazon EC2, and build them just the way you want them.

I have been building FreeBSD/EC2 images for the past three years, and based on the email I have been receiving, most people have been either using these images directly or modifying them to create images which suit their needs. However, there are some people who want to build their own images ab initio — most often, companies which have products built on “customized” versions of FreeBSD — and while I have helped a few people do this, it’s better if my help is not needed. To this end, earlier today I published my code for building FreeBSD AMIs. At its core, this process has two steps: First, building a disk image; and second, turning it into an AMI.

It would be now nice if somebody could make creating FreeBSD images for Google Cloud Engine real easy ;-)

 

The FreeBSD Journal is now available

freebsd_journalThough the FreeBSD Journal was announced and a few printed copies were distributed at last week’s NYCBSDCon, the FreeBSD Foundation has now officially announced the Journal on their blog:

“We are pleased to announce the FreeBSD Journal is now available! This is a new, FreeBSD focused, online publication.

You can find out how to subscribe to the Journal by going to www.freebsdjournal.com. Or, go to the following links for the device you’d like to download to:

Here’s the letter the editorial board wrote for this inaugural issue.”

I hope feedback from the FreeBSD Community will make future issues and distribution even better. How about a FreeBSD-friendly reader, or, even better, a PDF based version, just like the BSD Mag? DRM won’t stop somebody taking screenshots on his tablet and sharing these…

This is another good initiative by the Foundation to give FreeBSD more exposure.

BSD Now Episode 24: The Cluster and the Cloud (video)

bsd_now_logoThe bsdnow.tv team has uploaded a new weekly episode, The Cluster and the Cloud, featuring an interview with Luke Marsden from HybridCluster, a recap of NYCBSDCon’s event and a chrooted SFTP tutorial. Watch the video below.

In this episode the two hosts, Allan Jude and Kris Moore, chat about the following topics:

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