AsiaBSDCon 2015

AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in 12-15 March, 2015. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin and MacOS X. AsiaBSDCon is a technical conference and aims to collect the best technical papers and presentations available to ensure that the latest developments in our open source community are shared with the widest possible audience.

For more information head on over to their website: http://2015.asiabsdcon.org/

FreeBSD 10.1-RC4 now available

freebsdlogoThe fourth RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

This is anticipated to be the final RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE cycle.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the “releng/10.1″ branch.

A list of changes since 10.0-RELEASE are available here:

https://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.1R/relnotes.html

Check out the official announcement here: https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-November/080872.html

FreeBSD turns 21

freebsd-birthday-20-yearsOn November 1, 1993, the first official production version of FreeBSD was released, 1.0. FreeBSD is now officially 21 years old. Cheers!

From: jkh@whisker.lotus.ie (Jordan K. Hubbard)
Newsgroups: comp.os.386bsd.announce
Subject: FreeBSD 1.0 RELEASE now available
Date: 1 Nov 1993 16:12:20 -0800

The first “official” release of FreeBSD 1.0 is now available, no more greek letters – this is the “production” release.

While a fair number of bugs were also whacked between EPSILON and RELEASE, the following additional features deserve special mention:

  • A dynamic buffer cache mechanism that automagically grows and shrinks as you use the memory for other things. This should speed up disk operations significantly.
  • The Linux sound driver for Gravis UltraSound, SoundBlaster, etc. cards.
  • Mitsumi CDROM interface and drive.
  • Updated install floppies.
  • More fail-safe probing of devices on the ISA bus. This makes it much harder for devices to conflict with each other.
  • Advance syscons support for XFree86 2.0.

Check out the original announcement here: https://www.freebsd.org/releases/1.0/announce.html

Installing Drupal on FreeBSD

logo-drupalThis tutorial by Enrico Crisostomo shows us how to install Drupal on FreeBSD.

Drupal ports have been available on FreeBSD since quite a long time, and binary packages can be installed very quickly. However, manual setup is required to connect Drupal to the database and have Apache serve the Drupal website. In this post I’ll describe the setup procedure of Drupal 7 on FreeBSD 10.0. The process will not be very different if different versions of Drupal or FreeBSD are used.

Check out the full tutorial here: http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/10/installing-drupal-on-freebsd.html

FreeBSD 10.1-RC3 now available

freebsdlogoThe third RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the “releng/10.1″ branch.

A list of changes since 10.0-RELEASE are available here:

https://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.1R/relnotes.html

Check out the full release notes here: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-October/080701.html

How to Install Nano/Pico on FreeBSD

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This tutorial by techtipz.biz shows us how to install Nano/Pico on FreeBSD from the ports collection.

I’ve  never got to grips with using ‘vi’ to edit files from the command line. So one of the first things I need to do is configure the nano/pico text editor so I can properly edit and save out files. Here’s a nice and simple howto get nano running on a FreeBSD server.

Sudo to root and then execute the following command:

  1. cd /usr/ports/editors/nano && make install clean

Thats it.

If you have people who can’t stop themselves typing ‘pico’ to bring up the text editor then you can symlink to the new nano binary as follows:

  1. ln -s /usr/local/bin/nano /usr/local/bin/pico
  2. rehash
  3. pico

Job done!

Check out the official post here: http://techtips.biz/howto-install-nanopico-on-freebsd-from-ports-collection/

Easy Deploy FreeBSD to Microsoft Azure from VM Depot

azure-illThis tutorial by Ross Gardner will show you how to Easy Deploy FreeBSD on Microsoft Azure.

In just 5 minutes learn how to Easy Deploy FreeBSD on Microsoft Azure. Once completed you will have the latest build of FreeBSD ready for you to customize for your use.

FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system used to power modern servers and more. As an open source project a strong community has continually developed it for more than thirty years. The goal of the FreeBSD Project is to provide a stable and fast general purpose operating system that may be used for any purpose without strings attached.

Check out the full post with a video tutorial here: http://msopentech.com/blog/2014/10/24/easy-deploy-freebsd-microsoft-azure-vm-depot/