Howto: Keeping FreeBSD up-to-date

Vermaden has posted two very useful step-by-step tutorials on the FreeBSD Forums showing how you can keep your base system and applications up-to-date (the vermaden way):

As always, the FreeBSD Handbook also has an excellent chapter on this topic: Updating FreeBSD.

RootBSD has posted a howto showing how you can update FreeBSD with Webmin if you run a VPS or dedicated server:

Since I began using FreeBSD 4.x, I quickly learned of Webmin, a web-based server administration tool, which allows administrators to manage everything from: Mysql, Apache, Sendmail, system processes, networking and much more. One of the coolest features of Webmin is it’s modular structure. Modules can easily be downloaded and installed to fit your specific server needs. In this quick tutorial you will learn how to install and use Webmin.

With RootBSD you get ease of mind and full control with all of the advantages from a dedicated server: full root access, customizable environment, and guaranteed hardware resources.

FreeBSD Installer 9.0 (BSDInstall) screenshots

If you haven’t  had a chance to try out the new FreeBSD Installer and you’re keen to see what it looks like, Phoronix has a couple of screenshots.

The new system installer is described as a modern installer for FreeBSD that’s able to take advantage of its more modern features. The pc-sysinstall installer, which is a complete replacement to its earlier installer, is written 100% in shell.

The Installer is referred to as pc-sysinstall, but that should be BSDInstall, I think. pc-sysinstall is PC-BSD’s installer, though it should be possible to make it a FreeBSD installer. Most of you will know that FreeBSD can be installed from the PC-BSD installation DVD.

HighPoint ships FreeBSD compliant four-port SAS-6Gb/s controller

HighPoint Technologies, a storage solutions manufacturer, said Thursday that it had begun shipments of its cost-efficient SAS-6Gb/s HBA, the RocketRAID 2711. The device is the first-in-the-industry controller with support up to four serial attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives that costs $179.

The HighPoint RockerRAID 2711 controller is an external 4-port, SAS 6Gb/s PCI Express 2.0 x8 RAID controller that directly supports up to 4 SAS/SATA devices in a variety of storage configurations. The device is specifically designed for workstations and entry-level servers. The controller fully supports external mini-SAS port (SFF-8088), which simplifies installation procedures of external hard disk drives.

The RocketRAID 2711 can support SAS and SATA devices in a multitude of configurations, including non-RAID JBOD’s, single disks, and RAID arrays including 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50, and includes Highpoint’s Unified Web-Based Management interface, which allows both novices and experts to quickly configure, manage and monitor storage configurations.

According to HighPoint, the RocketRAID 2711 delivers enterprise management and connectivity features at entry level costs.

The RocketRAID 2711 is fully backwards compatible with SAS/SATA 3Gb/s devices, PCI-Express 1.0 motherboards, and can be easily integrated into existing storage infrastructure, the manufacturer said.

The RocketRAID 2711 is compliant with all major operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.

A serial version of the SCSI interface, which has been parallel since its inception in 1986. Ratified by ANSI in 2003 as the next-generation SCSI technology, SAS is a point-to-point architecture that uses a disk controller (host bus adapter) with four or more channels that operate simultaneously. Each full-duplex channel, known as a SAS port, transfers data at 3 or 6 Gbps in each direction. SAS also supports Serial ATA (SATA) drives, which can be mixed with SAS drives in a variety of configurations. (pc-mag)

FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2 available for testing, esp BSDInstall

Ken Smith has announced today the availability of FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2, which is little over a month past the initially planned date of 3 August. The FreeBSD 9.0 release schedule is expected to be updated with new BETA and RC dates.

The second BETA build for the FreeBSD-9.0 release cycle is now available. [...] ISO images for the architectures amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites. [...] One of the many new features in 9.0 we would like to be tested is the new installer, so we encourage our users to do fresh installation on test systems.

Many new features found their way into FreeBSD (what’s cooking for FreeBSD 9), but the thing that needs most testing at this stage is the new installer (BSDInstall). Testers are encouraged to do fresh installations on test systems.

If you’re interested in learning more about the features of FreeBSD 9.0, check out the FreeBSD-CURRENT release notes.

For download locations and MD5′s, head over to the announcement email.

FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter – August 2011

In the latest edition of the semi annual FreeBSD Foundation newsletter you can read about:

Good to see how the Foundation spends received donations on some promising projects.

Read the full newsletter here: FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter – August 2011

FreeBSD Events: BSDDay, EuroBSDCon, BSD Day Argentina, interviews

These are some quick links to upcoming and related FreeBSD related events, conferences and interview.

1. BSDDay EU 2011

Central European BSD day: BSDDay EU 2011 (04-06-2011, Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology).

2. EuroBSDCon 2011

Registration for EuroBSDCon 2011 is now open. Subjects and summaries of some of the talks and tutorials are available. Chris Buechler and Ermal Luci will provide a pfSense 2.0 training session

3. BSD Day Argentina 2011

There’s a call for papers for the BSD Day Argentina 2011 (4-5 Nov Buenos Aires City):

*BSD users in Argentina call to the community of free software, users, system administrators and developers of BSD systems for participation on the BSDday 2011. The subject of the event is BSD operating systems, BSD-licensed software, licensing issues, BSD philosophy and related topics.

4. BSDTalk 207 ArabBSD

BSDTalk has an interview (BSDTalk 207) with Mohammed Farrag about the ArabBSD project. Slides of the ArabBSD FreeBSD Summer course are available on slideshare.

5. FreeBSD on EC2

Colin Percival discusses FreeBSD on EC2 and tarsnap on FLOSS Weekly 172.

We chat with Colin Percival who has managed to put FreeBSD on EC2 and figured out a good way to have secure backups in the cloud.

There’s more he wanted to say in the interview: What I meant to say.

Exclusive RootBSD Hosting offer – extended

Due to popular demand, RootBSD has extended the VPS hosting offer until 5 August.

If you’re interested in running a FreeBSD based website or web services, you will be interested to know that freebsdnews.net has teamed up with RootBSD, giving regular readers a $10 discount when signing up before 6 Aug 2011.

For an affordable and robust virtual server solution you can’t go wrong with RootBSD: There’s no minimum contract and no multiple months upfront payments are required.

RootBSD’s packages start at $19/month, and if you sign up through this link before 1 July and add FBSDNEWS as coupon code, you’ll get $10 off your first month’s payment.

We don’t know if and when RootBSD makes this offer available again.

 

PC-BSD & FreeBSD 9.0 BETA1 ready for testing (confirmed)

The availability of FreeBSD 9.0 BETA1 has now been confirmed by Ken Smith: FreeBSD 9.0-BETA1 Available:

The first BETA build of the 9.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Since this will be the first release on a brand new branch I’ll cross-post the announcements on both -current and -stable. But just so you know most of the developers active in head pay more attention to the -current mailing list. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the -current mailing list.

The 9.0-RELEASE cycle will be tracked here: http://wiki.freebsd.org/Releng/9.0TODO

You can download the i386 image from here and the AMD64 is available here.

Since the PC-BSD project closely follows the FreeBSD release schedule, PC-BSD 9.0 BETA1 is available too: Release Announcement: PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release in the new9.x series. 9.0-BETA1 is now available for download from the website or ftp server.