BSDCan 2013 FreeBSD Presentation Videos

BSDCan 2013 sounds to have been a great success again this year, thanks to the organisers, speakers and attendees (e.g. Rick Miller, Warren Block, Renato Botelho and Ivan Voras).

If you were able to attend, it would be nice to hear in the comments below what you enjoyed most and which presentation you particularly enjoyed interested in.

If you were not able to attend, you can now watch the recorded presentations thanks to Scale Engine. (The video descriptions have been taken from the BSDCan 2013 Schedules).

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FreeBSD 8.4 Released

freebsd_logo_textFourteen months since the release of FreeBSD 8.3, the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has announced the availability of FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE. This is the fifth release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.3 whilst also introducing some new features.

Some of the highlights found in the 8.4 release are:

  • Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.10.1
  • Feature flags 5000 version of the ZFS filesystem; Asynchronous destruction of ZFS datasets; LZ4 compression and ZIO NOP-write optimisation.
  • Support for all shipping LSI storage controllers
  •  Bug fixes and updates to key components such as OpenSSL, OpenSSH, named, NFS, AWK, tcsh, and BZIP2, etc.

For a complete list of new features and known problems, check out the Release Notes
(detailed version) and Release Errata list.

More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

Reliable and Customer Friendly FreeBSD Hosting

A few months ago there was a discussion on the FreeBSD Central Google+ page about the most reliable and customer friendly hosting company for FreeBSD webhosting.

The following companies were recommended:

If you’re happy with your FreeBSD hosting company, please share with fellow readers and leave a comment below.

 

FreeBSD monitoring tool

Alexander has been working on a new FreeBSD monitoring tool and the first public release for FreeBSD is now available. He is looking for interested people who are willing to try and test it, and give him feedback.

We looking to build a proper, useful full coverage monitoring solution for FreeBSD and need your feedback.

You can read the announcement, the features list or visit 10bees.com for more information.

PC-BSD Hardware Store Opened

PC-BSD LogoJosh Smith has announced the initial launch of the PC-BSD hardware store. This resource is meant to make it easier to find hardware that has been tested to work on PC-BSD.

FreeBSD and PC-BSD are known to be quite particular with regards to hardware support, but now you can check or buy via the PC-BSD store hardware that is known to be working on PC-BSD, and therefore also on FreeBSD. Obviously you can always check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes that come out with each release, e.g. FreeBSD 10 Current9.0, 9.1 or 8.3.

So, if you want to make sure that your hardware is supported by PC-BSD or FreeBSD check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes, PC-BSD wiki hardware section or the PC-BSD Hardware Store. (via)

FreeBSD binary packages available again

The FreeBSD Project has announced that all  binary package building services are restored and live again.

This service was put on hold following a security incident in November 2012. Consequently, the security throughout the FreeBSD Project’s infrastructure has been reviewed and the package-building system (including redports.org and ports QAT) has been re-engineered to support greater compartmentalisation and resilience.

FreeBSD binary packages are available again for the 8.x, 9.x branches on i386 and amd64 architectures at the usual locations.