FreeBSD Supported on Windows Server Hyper-V via Beta Release

Microsoft and collaborators today announced a beta release of drivers that enable the open source FreeBSD 8.2 server operating system to run in a virtual machine (VM) using Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server.

The beta, which isn’t intended for use in production environments, can be downloaded from the GitHub portal here. Installation instructions can be accessed on this page. The code was released under a FreeBSD license.

In the near future, GitHub will supply ISO images of FreeBSD that will include the new drivers. The collaboration, which involved Microsoft, Insight Global, Citrix and NetApp, was highlighted at the BSDCan 2012 event in May.

via redmondmag

Riak Clustered NoSQL Database adds official FreeBSD

Version 1.2 of RIAK, an open source clustered NoSQL database adds official support for FreeBSD and features new approaches to cluster management.

In version 1.2 of the highly scalable distributed database, developers can stage and review multiple cluster changes to see how they affect the system before committing them.

Continues: Riak clustered NoSQL database adds official FreeBSD support

 

Gnome3 porting to FreeBSD

Personally I don’t like Gnome (2) and Gnome3 even less. There’s good news for those who are waiting for Gnome3 on FreeBSD: Gnome3 porting to FreeBSD.

Gnome3 isn’t working on FreeBSD as Gnome3 uses technologies that are not available to BSDs. I thought Gnome3 to BSD was a dead project till Juanjo Marin (Gnome Dev in Evince and A11y) mentioned a few things about BSD in Gnome’s Marketing ML.

FreeBSD Security Advisory (Bind)

The FreeBSD Security Team has identified an issue in Bind and has issued the following security advisory: FreeBSD-SA-12:05.bind.asc (06/08/2012).
I. Background

BIND 9 is an implementation of the Domain Name System (DNS) protocols. The named(8) daemon is an Internet Domain Name Server.

DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) provides data integrity, origin authentication and authenticated denial of existence to resolvers.

II. Problem Description

BIND 9 stores a cache of query names that are known to be failing due to misconfigured name servers or a broken chain of trust. Under high query loads, when DNSSEC validation is active, it is possible for a condition to arise in which data from this cache of failing queries could be used before it was fully initialized, triggering an assertion failure.

III. Impact

A remote attacker that is able to generate high volume of DNSSEC validation enabled queries can trigger the assertion failure that causes it to crash, resulting in a denial of service.

For a workaround and solution, check out the security advisory: FreeBSD-SA-12:05.bind.asc

New FreeBSD Audio System for the Kernel

Wolfgang Draxinger has started developing a new audio sub-system for the Linux kernel became frustrated by ALSA, OSS4, and PulseAudio. This new audio system is called KLANG, the Kernel Level Audio Next Generation.

The developer hopes KLANG will work not only with the Linux kernel but also the FreeBSD kernel. The open-source project is described as offering

“professional grade audio, that means lowest possible latency, latency compensation and bit exact precision at a very low CPU load. KLANG has been designed as a signal routing system, supporting seamless and transparent signal transport between all endpoints. In practice this means that there’s no distinction between hardware and process endpoints. Each endpoint is either a signal source or a sink, allowing for versatile signal routing topologies. All connections are fully latency compensated. A metronome system synchronizes the signal processing to a configurable set of system internal and external clock sources. This greatly simplifies tasks like audio/video synchronization.”

More information can be found on the KLANG website.

News FreeBSD Core Team Elected (2012)

The FreeBSD Core Team acts as the project’s “board of directors” and is responsible for approving new src committers, resolving disputes between developers, appointing members for sub-teams (security officer, release engineering, port managers, webmaster, etc …). The Core Team has been elected by FreeBSD developers every two years since 2000.

The FreeBSD Project is run by FreeBSD committers, or developers who have SVN/CVS commit access.

The bi-annual election period is now over and the new members (re-)elected:

  • Thomas Abthorpe
  • Gavin Atkinson
  • John Baldwin
  • Konstantin Belousov
  • David Chisnall
  • Attilio Rao
  • Hiroki Sato
  • Peter Wemm
  • Martin Wilke

Congratulations to all.

You can read more about the FreeBSD Core Team on wikipedia.

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