FreeNAS State of the Union with Jordan Hubbard (June 2014)

Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of FreeBSD and head of FreeNAS engineering, updates us about the project’s current developments. Go ahead and click play below to learn about the upcoming 9.2.1.6 release, and what is to come in FreeNAS 9.3.

Check out the official FreeNAS channel for other related videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeNASTeam

FreeBSD disk partitioning

Michael W Lucas is back again with this blog about FreeBSD disk partitioning.

The FreeBSD kernel understands several different disk partitioning schemes, including the traditional x86 MBR (slices), the current GPT, BSD disklabels, as well as schemes from Apple, Microsoft, NEC (PC98), and Sun. The gpart(8) tool is intended as a generic interface that lets you manage disk partitioning in all of these schemes, and abstract away all of the innards in favor of saying “Use X partitioning system on this disk, and put these partitions on it.” It’s a great goal.

FreeBSD storage, and computing storage in general, is in a transitory state today. The older tools, fdisk and bsdlabel, aren’t exactly deprecated but they are not encouraged. x86 hardware is moving towards GPT, but there’s an awful lot of MBR-only gear deployed. Disks themselves are moving from the long-standing 512B sector size to 4KB, eight times larger.

You can find the actual command line instructions here: http://www.wonkity.com/~wblock/docs/html/disksetup.html

Check out the full blog post here: http://blather.michaelwlucas.com/archives/2096

FreeBSD 9.3-BETA1 now available

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The first build of FreeBSD 9.3-BETA has been made available on FreeBSD’s ftp servers for the following architectures: amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64.

You can find the downloads here: http://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/9.3/

To read the full post head on over to the following link: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-June/078827.html

Linux vs FreeBSD – a comprehensive comparison

bsdnixIn this article by the Brio Team, Linux and FreeBSD are compared in terms of its developers, security, licensing, and compatibility with hardware and software. The author also explains which one may be a better fit for a specific user. In addition, it discusses the UNIX element of each kernel.

For most users, the difference between Linux and FreeBSD is not something significant, as the two operating systems frequently share even the same applications. Both of these Operating Systems are UNIX like, in their form and function; while they are developed mainly for non-commercial interests. However, on taking a closer look one can uncover more differences between the two.

Check out the full article here: http://brioteam.com/linux-versus-freebsd-comprehensive-comparison

BSDNow.TV Episode 40: AirPorts & Packages

This BSDNow.TV episode discusses OpenBSD’s ports and package system. Karl Lehenbauer is also interviewed and talks about the use of FreeBSD at FlightAware. Press play below to watch:

The following BSDNow.TV roundup brings you even more talks from BSDCan 2014. The list contains the talks hosted on YouTube:

This video on how to set up CARP Fail-over and High Availability on FreeBSD was also included:

Check out the official page here: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_06_04-airports_and_packages

Running FreeBSD in Azure

azure-illThis article by Stephen Zarkos shows you how to set up FreeBSD in Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure.

As many readers of this blog may know, for many years Microsoft has worked with the Linux community and contributed a number of device drivers to the Linux kernel, known as the Linux Integration Services. These drivers allow the Linux system to run well under Hyper-V and in Microsoft Azure.

More recently, Microsoft has worked with the FreeBSD community to contribute equivalent drivers to FreeBSD 10. These are known as the BSD Integration Services (BIS) for FreeBSD. This article will provide instructions on how to prepare and upload a FreeBSD 10 image to run in Microsoft Azure.

Check out the full article with graphics here: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/05/22/running-freebsd-in-azure/?WT.mc_id=RI_twitter_FreeBSDblog_53014#wa