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.

FreeBSD Foundation End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign

The FreeBSD Foundation has started its annual end-of-year fundraising campaign. The FBSD Foundation sponsors events and conferences, helps developers pay for travel costs and provides legal assistance with regards to intellectual property.

If you want to see more projects being funded and want to see the FreeBSD operation further grow, you can show your appreciation for the Foundation’s work so far: http://freebsdfoundation.org/donate/

We are deeply grateful for all the support we receive from so many individuals and organizations who value FreeBSD. We currently are at the half way point towards our goal of raising $400,000 this year. We are hoping that you, the FreeBSD community, will help us meet our goal by making a donation this month. By donating to the foundation, you are donating to the FreeBSD Project and community as a whole.

We have had the privilege of meeting many FreeBSD enthusiasts in person, through email, and on the phone. We are always impressed with the passion that these people have for FreeBSD. Most volunteer their precious time after work and some are more fortunate where they actually get paid by their companies to work with FreeBSD. When there is a BSD related conference we usually get quite a few travel grant applications requesting help with developers’ travel expenses. Thanks to your support, we have been able to sponsor the travel expenses of developers from Mexico, Lithuania, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Denmark, and many other countries.

With your donations, the Foundation can continue to support FreeBSD activities such as:

  • development projects to support emerging technologies such as IPv6 support in FreeBSD, GEM, KMS, and DRI support for Intel drivers, Five New TCP Congestion Control Algorithms, and much more.
  • BSD conferences around the globe, including Europe, Japan, Canada, US, and Ukraine.
  • giving students and contributors the opportunity to attend conferences and developer summits.
  • maintaining the infrastructure of computers and equipment that support our community.
  • growing the FreeBSD community through marketing and outreach to users and businesses.
  • protecting the FreeBSD trademarks and providing the project with access to legal counsel.
  • helping FreeBSD continue to serve as the foundation for research and enterprise.

You can read Deb Goodkin’s 2011 Fundraising Letter on behalf of the Foundation Board.

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with the FreeBSD Foundation and have not been asked to post anything relating to their annual fundraising campaign. If you like my website (www.freebsdnews.net) and decide to donate towards my hosting fees and new projects, then I’ll forward 20% of your donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.

2011 FreeBSD Foundation Fund Raising Letter

Integrating LLVM into FreeBSD (video)

Some of you may be aware of the LLVM Developer Meeting 2011 that took place in mid-November in San Jose, CA.

FreeBSD developer and FreeBSD Foundation member Brooks Davis was present and talked about about the path of getting LLVM/Clang integrated into FreeBSD base as the default compiler to replace the GPLv3-licensed GCC compiler.


“The FreeBSD Project has been actively working to incorporate tools from the LLVM project into our base system including clang, libc++, and possibly lldb. This talk will cover our efforts so far including our plans to ship FreeBSD 9.0 with clang in the base system. I will cover both our current work to replace GPL licensed components with BSD(ish) licensed components and future or experimental work to incorporate new technologies made possible by LLVM”

Watch the video: Integrating LLVM into FreeBSD

More information an how to build FreeBSD with clang/llvm can be found here: Building FreeBSD with clang/llvm.

About LLVM: The Low Level Virtual Machine (LLVM) is a compiler infrastructure written in C++ that is designed for compile-time, link-time, run-time, and “idle-time” optimization of programs written in arbitrary programming languages. Originally implemented for C/C++, the language-agnostic design (and the success) of LLVM has since spawned a wide variety of front ends, including Objective-C, Fortran, Ada, Haskell, Java bytecode, Python, Ruby, ActionScript, GLSL, Clang, and others. (source: wikipedia)

 

Benchmarks: FreeBSD, Oracle Linux, UFS and ZFS

Some love benchmarks, others hate them, especially when ‘apples’ are compare with ‘pears’, when Linux is benchmarked against FreeBSD.

For what it’s worth there are some new benchmarks on openbenchmarking.org:

When looking at the FreeBSD vs Oracle Linux benchmarks, keep in mind that both operating systems are quite different kernels, FreeBSD 9 is an RC and that it’s easy to tweak some settings in FreeBSD to make it a lot faster.