New FBSD Foundation projects: Grow Mounted Filesystems, and NAND Flash Support

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced it is funding two new projects:

  • Grow Mounted Filesystems
  • NAND Flash Support

Grow Mounted Filesystems

This project will focus on growing filesystems whilst mounted and add GEOM and filesystem changes that are necessary to increase the size of both UFS and ZFS filesystems while a filesystem is mounted read-write.

Check the announcement for more details: Grow Mounted Filesystems

NAND Flash Support

It was announced that Semihalf, an embedded solutions company, has been awarded a grant to bring their comprehensive NAND Flash file system and storage stack to FreeBSD. This technology enables FreeBSD to natively manage NAND Flash devices, satisfying a crucial requirement for many applications needing access to fast, reliable, non-volatile storage.

Check the announcement for more details: NAND Flash Support

BSD Magazine (Mar 2012): Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads

March’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • MaheshaBSD-2.0: What’s New On The Lake Manasarovar?
  • GhostBSD: A Brief Overview
  • How Do I Study for the BSDA Certification?
  • GDB and Truss for Debugging
  • PostgreSQL: MVCC and Vacuum
  • Beowulf Clusters with DragonflyBSD
  • Npppd: EasyPPTP VPN with OpenBSD
  • Anatomy of FreeBSD Compromise Part 4

Read and download Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (BSD Mag 12/03)

FreeBSD 8.3-RC1 Available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 8.3, the project’s legacy stable branch: “The first release candidate build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, and pc98 architectures. We hope to have one more release candidate build, followed by the release itself. If you notice any problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or here on the -stable mailing list. If you would like to use csup/cvsup mechanisms to do a source-based update of an existing system the branch tag to use is now ‘RELENG_8_3′. If you would like to use SVN instead use ‘releng/8.3′. As part of preparing for RC1 ‘releng/8.3′ was branched. The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.” Here is the full release announcement.

FreeBSD 8.3-BETA1 Available

The legacy production branch of FreeBSD 8 has received another update, version 8.3. As of now there is only one BETA build scheduled for this release cycle. The next test build is slated to be RC1.

“The first beta build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, and pc98 architectures. Since the stable/8 branch is relatively mature we hope there will only be one BETA build for this release cycle. If testing does not turn up any show-stopper caliber problems the next test build will be RC1.

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

If you would like to use csup/cvsup mechanisms to do a source-based update of an existing system the branch tag to use is ‘RELENG_8′. If you would like to use SVN instead use ‘stable/8′. “

Read the full release announcement: FreeBSD 8.3-BETA1 Available.

FreeBSD Foundation one of 12 Initial Affiliates for OSI

Earlier this year, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) switched from a Board-only organization focused largely on licensing to a member-led organization of affiliates. The OSI Board invited the FreeBSD Foundation to its initial set of Affiliates and Justin Gibbs and Dru Lavigne from the FreeBSD Foundation have agreed to act as delegates.

Simon Phipps from the OSI announced the 12 initial affiliates at FOSDEM. In addition to the FreeBSD Foundation, the initial affiliates include: KDE, the Apache Software Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, the Plone Foundation, Creative Commons, the Linux Foundation, Joomla, the Sahana Software Foundation, Drupal, the Eclipse Foundation, and the Wikiotics Foundation. (via)

pkgng: First look at FreeBSD’s new package manager

Most of you will be aware that a group of developers have released the first beta of FreeBSD’s new package management: pkgng.

Jake Smith has been playing around with the new package manager and has summarised the main pkgng commands: pkgng: First look at FreeBSD’s new package manager.

Here is a quick overview of pkgng, how to use it and some of the new features that will be available. The tests on this page are based on pkgng version 1.0 beta5 running on FreeBSD 9.0 RELEASE amd64.

More info on pkgng can be found on the FreeBSD pkgng wiki page.

SSH Mastery: An Addition to Any Unix User’s Bookshelf

The first paragraph of this book’s afterword reads:

“You now know more about SSH, OpenSSH and Putty than the vast majority of IT professionals! Congratulations”.

That claim will be true for any reader of SSH Mastery who has read the book up to that point and has incorporated at least some of the elements of the configurations it describes into their own environments.

“But why a book dedicated to a single command?”, you might ask. Almost all Unixes and Unix-likes have incorporated OpenSSH, the free SSH that is developed as part of the OpenBSD project, and OpenSSH comes with excellent documentation in the form of several extensive man pages.

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