FreeBSD 9.0 Release posts

The release of FreeBSD 9.0 has been picked up by quite a few (Linux related) websites. Some of them are copies of the release announcement, others have more to say.

Just sharing some I’ve come across:

If you know of any in-depth annoucement posts or reviews, let us know in the comments below or on our Google+ Page.

FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE Available

Some of you guys already emailed me last week about the release of FreeBSD 9, but it wasn’t until today that it became official: The FreeBSD project has now officially announced the availability of FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE. ISO’s were already available for some days and torrents were seeding, but if you wanted to wait till FreeBSD 9 was official, go get it whilst the cake is hot.

If you couldn’t wait and downloaded a DVD image for amd64 and i386 last week, you’re advised to download it again, as there were some issues.

The FreeBSD Project dedicates the FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE to the memory of Dennis M. Ritchie, one of the founding fathers of the UNIX operating system. It is on the foundation laid by the work of visionaries like Dennis that software like the FreeBSD operating system came to be.

A few highlights in this latest release are:

  • A new installer, bsdinstall(8) has been added and is the installer used by the ISO images provided as part of this release
  • The Fast Filesystem now supports softupdates journaling
  • ZFS updated to version 28
  • Updated ATA/SATA drivers support AHCI, moved into updated CAM framework
  • Highly Available Storage (HAST) framework
  • Kernel support for Capsicum Capability Mode, an experimental set of features for sandboxing support
  • User-level DTrace
  • The TCP/IP stack now supports pluggable congestion control framework and five congestion control algorithm implementations available
  • NFS subsystem updated, new implementation supports NFSv4 in addition to NFSv3 and NFSv2
  • High Performance SSH (HPN-SSH)
  • Flattened device tree (FDT), simplifying FreeBSD configuration for embedded platforms
  • The powerpc architecture now supports Sony Playstation 3
  • The LLVM compiler infrastructure and Clang have been imported
  • Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.7.3

FreeBSD has excellent platform support. AMD64, i386, ia64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, or Sparc, they’re all recognised without any problems. Some of you may be pleased to hear that FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE is now also available for Amazon EC2.

Check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 9.0. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

Download FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE

FreeBSD News on Google+

You’re probably aware of our Google+ Page. I prefer Google+ for social networking over Facebook as its privacy settings are better and it’s easier to share news and interact with others.

If you’re on Google+ you can +1 us and add us to your page or profile.

I’m going to link to FreeBSD related Google+ pages (services, companies, operating systems etc). If you’re aware of any not listed below, please leave a comment below or add a comment to the Google+ page. Your help is appreciated.

FreeBSD Foundation 2011 fund-raising a success

The FreeBSD Foundation announced on its Facebook page that it has raised $426,292, surpassing the $400,000 goal. This is even without the cheques they have received. Great result.

As you will know, the Foundation uses these donations to promote and protect FreeBSD, as well as funding FreeBSD related projects.

Two newly projects for 2012 announced on 31 December are:

  • auditdistd project (Pawel Jakub Dawidek)
  • IPv6 Performance Analysis project (Bjoern Zeeb)

I’m sure we’ll see more announcements this year about new projects.

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a good and prosperous 2012.

Hopefully we’ll see FreeBSD 9 released soon and some exciting new projects announced to make FreeBSD and operating systems based on it, the best branch of operating systems available.

What would you like to see worked on or added to FreeBSD in 2012?

Interview with Adrian Chadd on 802.11n in FreeBSD

Adrian Chadd is the current FreeBSD net80211/ath driver maintainer and developer. He’s been working with a few others to get usable 802.11n support into FreeBSD.

OSNews did an interview with Adrian and the following was discussed.

  • What’s the state of 801.11n on FreeBSD?
  • So this isn’t just about getting FreeBSD-base PCs communicating over 802.11n. You’re talking about embedded FreeBSD installs on wifi router hardware?
  • Router hacking has a long and glorious history. What in particular are you trying to accomplish? What advanced features are you trying to enable?
  • So this is OSNews, so you know we say this with love, but why do it? What does FreeBSD bring to this sphere that, say, Linux can’t?
  • It looks like you’re drawing on work that the Linux community has done to produce drivers for chipsets and other hardware? How close does that work get you to where you want to be?
  • Can you see other opportunities to benefit from other initiatives in the Linux community in the same way?
  • If you had the chance to draw on some expertise from outside of your current group of collaborators, what kinds of skills or efforts do you need the most at this point?

You can read the whole interview here: Interview with Adrian Chadd on 802.11n in FreeBSD.

FreeBSD quick news and links (GhostBSD, Centreon, FreeBSD Dev, iXsystems)

GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0

If you want to try out FreeBSD 9.0 this holiday but are not turned on by the actual FreeBSD 9.0 install and setup process, nor find the KDE desktop of PC-BSD 9.0 enjoyable, you may want to try out GhostBSD 2.5.

GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0


Centreon 2.3.3 on FreeBSD 9

This tutorial will guide the user to complete the installation of Centreon on FreeBSD. We will be using an installation on a FreeBSD 9.0-PRERELEASE kernel version, kernel version does not influence the tutorial.

What is the Centreon? Centreon is a powerful tool for monitoring hosts and services, it is a frontend that works on top of Nagios, adding many features for viewing and alert history, status, etc. ..

Centreon 2.3.3 on FreeBSD 9


Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Ready For FreeBSD 9.0

It’s not only the FreeBSD and PC-BSD camps gearing up for the imminent release of FreeBSD 9.0, but Debian developers have already been gearing up for the major update of this leading BSD distribution as they prepare to pull in its new kernel.

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Ready For FreeBSD 9.0


Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs

PC-BSD’s installation setup is one of them: Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs.


FreeBSD Development over 13 Years

This video shows the visual development of FreeBSD with its committers.

iXsystems Haiku Contest

Do you have the creativity/humor/love for FreeBSD and PC-BSD? Then submit an original haiku poem.

Here at iXsystems we always love hearing what you have to say, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 release than indulging in some creative writing? We’ll gladly give away a PC-BSD shirt to the winner, and immortalize his/her haiku up on our Facebook and Google+ sites. (via)

bsdtalk210 – James Nixon from iXsystems

Interview with James Nixon from iXsystems at the LISA 2011 conference in Boston.

bsdtalk210 – James Nixon from iXsystems


BSDs ‘lost’ just because of this phone number 1-800-ITS-UNIX

BSD ‘lost’ because of a phone number? Nonsense.

Four of the BSD guys had just formed a company to sell BSD commercially. They even had a nice phone number: 1-800-ITS-UNIX. That phone number did them and me in. AT&T sued them over the phone number and the lawsuit took 3 years to settle. That was precisely the period Linux was launched and BSD was frozen due to the lawsuit

Interview with Andrew Tanenbaum


FreeBSD Security Advisories

PAMPAM_sshtelnetdchroot, and bind.

FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter – December 2011

The FreeBSD Foundation has published its semi-annual newsletter.

The half yearly updated contains updates on this year’s projects and fundraising campaign, testimonials from TaxiMagic and the Apache Software Foundation, and the Q1-Q3 balance sheet.

In this Edition:

You can read the newsletter here.