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.

FreeBSD 9 BETA1 available for testing

There’s no official announcement, but just over 2 years after FreeBSD 8.0 BETA1 became available, the FreeBSD Project is uploading version 9 BETA1..

According to the FreeBSD release page, BETA1 was scheduled for 20 July, so a delay of just over a week is a great result. Hopefully the final release hits the streets in sometime in  September.

Some of the news features that can be found in FreeBSD 9 are:

  • SSD TRIM support
  • 802.11n high throughput support
  • ATA/CAM improvements
  • PCI hot-plug support
  • S4 hibernation support
  • Xen Dom0 support
  • Linux 64-bit binary support in FreeBSD/amd64
  • Better EFI booting support
  • Better support for LLVM (the Low-Level Virtual Machine)
  • user-land D-Trace support,
  • Improved Oracle VM VirtualBox support
  • faster reboot

For more (technical) features check out Ivan Voras’ What’s cooking for FreeBSD 9 page or the FreeBSD 9 wiki.

You can download the ISO images from the links below.

Please note, since there’s no official announcement, these images may contain show stoppers and/or may be removed without any notice.

Exclusive RootBSD Hosting offer

RootBSD is a provider of stable FreeBSD / OpenBSD hosting services and VPS Solutions. The BSD hosting experts can solve your hosting problems from small to large with their bullet-proof VPS and dedicated packages backed by friendly technical support.

RootBSD offers:

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 1 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.

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 news leftovers: BSD isn’t relevant, UNIX data center darling (week 28)

The following are some interesting FreeBSD related news bits from this week:

I.  Testing the (new) FBFS scheduler

The FBFS Scheduler (Google Summer of Code 2011) project aims to bring an experimental light-weight scheduler to FreeBSD and has now come to a state it can be tested: FreeBSD FBFS live DVD image is available now. There are many differences between Linux which is the original scheduler’s initial implementation platform and FreeBSD, so the port will be more like an reimplementation of some of the ideas. This project (FAQ) is brings a new perspective to the problem of scheduling – namely how would a simplified scheduler (without expensive tracking of process performance) behave for modern workloads (via).

II.  BSD isn’t relevant anymore (Lennart Poettering)

This is a typical anti-BSD story that gets featured on Slashdot: BSD Isn’t Relevant Anymore. The author is clearly out of touch with reality. The BSD community may be small compared to Windows and Linux, but that doesn’t mean BSD operating systems are not relevant anymore.

Maybe I shouldn’t even mention and refer to this piece of rubbish here ;-)

“In an interview with LinuxFr.org, Lennart Poettering speaks freely about his creations, PulseAudio, Avahi and systemd among other things. Naturally, what has stirred up most of the discussions online is Lennarts opinions on BSD. Following the recent proposal to make Gnome a Linux exclusive desktop, Lennart explains that he thinks BSD support is holding back a lot of Free Software development. This while also taking a stab at Debian kFreeBSD: ‘Debian kFreeBSD is a toy OS, people really shouldn’t misunderstand that.’”

III.  UNIX still data center darling

Unix systems may not be all the rage that they were two decades ago, but in nearly eight out of 10 data centers based on them, their use is either holding steady or increasing.

That’s the assessment of a recent survey of the HP, IBM, and Oracle Unix customer bases by Gabriel Consulting Group, which has just finished up its fifth annual slicing and dicing of Unix customer sentiments.

Unix systems have successfully colonized their neighborhoods in the data centers of the world, and are resisting the onslaught of Windows and Linux on those systems’ relatively inexpensive x64 iron. The Unix colonists are also resisting all of the marketing muscle and money that is dedicated to evicting them.

Full article: UNIX still data center darling

IV.  GhostBSD – New installer

The GhostBSD developers are working on a graphical installer. Previously, installation was done through a Python script, but a GUI installer “sells better” these days and will probably result in more people trying this O/S.

V.  BSD News in Russian

There are already a number of good Russian (Free)BSD related websites, but F-Andrey decided that this could be improved and launched http://bsdnir.blogspot.com. If you’re Russian or if Russian is a language you can read, have a look at bsdnir, or alternatively, you can use Google Translate.

BTW, if you’re interested in setting up a non-English FreeBSD related section on this website, please get in touch with me.

VI.  New ports committer

Ryan Steinmetz has been accepted as a new FreeBSD ports committer (15 July)

FreeNAS videos, FreeBSD on Amazon EC2 and Intel GPU FreeBSD driver update

Three noteworthy links today to FreeBSD related news:

I. FreeBSD on Amazon’s EC2

Colin Percifal mentioned on his blog that he managed to successfully run FreeBSD on Amazon’s EC2 via defenestration, tricking EC2 to think Windows is running.

How can we trick EC2? Take advantage of the fact that Elastic Block Store disks can be detached from EC2 instances and reattached to different instances, and replace the boot disk of a “Windows” instance with a disk containing FreeBSD. In other words, defenestrate the EC2 instance. (Note to pedants: While “defenestrate” usually means “to throw out of a window”, etymologically it could equally mean “to throw windows out” — and the Oxford English Dictionary does show a recorded use in this sense dating from 1927.)

II. Intel GPU FreeBSD Kernel Driver project update

The FreeBSD Foundation announced on 16 Feb that it had awarded Konstantin Belousov a grant to implement support of GEM, KMS, and DRI for Intel Drivers.

The project is to implement GEM, port KMS, and write new DRI drivers for Intel Graphics, including the latest Sandy Bridge generation of integrated graphic units. The work should allow the latest Intel open-source driver to run on FreeBSD, expanding the range of hardware where FreeBSD is suitable for the desktop.

Kostik has now uploaded (part of) his code for review, comments and feedback: Intel GPU Kernel Driver:

I created the first code drop for the ongoing GEM/KMS project. Please note that this is not an end-user release, and even _not_ a call for testing. The project is not finished yet, and I expect quite more efforts from me even after the scheduled project end, and from ports/x11 people, before the driver and usermode infrastructure will be ready for the general public consumption.

That said, the patch is only of use for you now if you want to review, debug or otherwise help the project. The driver is known to be unstable, some parts are missing, some (esp. VM changes) are under the discussion and propably will be changed.

III. FreeNAS 8 videos

iXsystems has done a great job rewriting FreeNAS and making a great enterprise ready NAS system, but it is also providing good documentation and videos showing stp-by-step how different FreeNAS features can be set up and used.

Install FreeNAS 8 in VMWare
Learn how to work through a basic installation of FreeNAS 8, with the added bonus of VMWare specific options.

System Configuration Overview
A brief look at how to configure the basic systems settings under FreeNAS 8, and a quick look at some of the more popular and helpful options to enable

Volumes Overview
After configuring your system, setting up your volumes is an important next step towards sharing files and using FreeNAS in any environment

Shares Overview
Learn to set up shares on your FreeNAS installation in order to enable access for users on different systems and protocols.

Network Configuration Overview
A brief overview of FreeNAS 8′s Network Configuration options, and a look at what each of the options means.

Active Directory Overview
A very quick look at how to get started with active directory under FreeNAS 8, and an overview of the options

You can watch the videos over at http://www.freenas.org/community/resources/videos

BSD Security (BSD Magazine 2011-06)

A new issue of the free BSD Magazine is available: BSD Security (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Larger scale FreeBSD

I’ve often joked that it’s quite easy to manage one FreeBSD machine or one thousand, but if you have ten machines it can be quite a bit of work.

DragonflyBSD news: Testing Hammer Deduplication on Real-world Data

If you’ve been in the market for storage devices lately, you may have noticed a trend. Prices for various storage devices are generally determined by size, then speed, and then the whole price is increased by the features that come with that disk appliance.

PC-BSD’s New Control Panel

This article introduces the new Control Panel that will ship with PC-BSD 9.0. Readers are encouraged to try out the Control Panel prior to release by downloading a PC-BSD 9.0 testing snapshot or building the Control Panel on a PC-BSD 8.x system or a FreeBSD 8.x system that has Xorg configured.

Using POSTGIS tabular and geographic data with FreeBSD

In this article, we will look at extending our GIS server to use PostGIS.

Collectd – A look at the Systems Statistics Collection Daemon

Systems Administrators need a variety of tools to properly monitor and tune their systems to the various loads…

Using Memcached for High Scalability Web Services

Been creating web services/ applications for 6 years and until recently decided to try out memory caching technology instead of hitting up the ole SQL server for the same records over and over again.

LDAP Authentication and Authorization of Unix Users Under OpenBSD

Unlike most Unix-like operating systems, OpenBSD does not come with PAM nor nsswitch which made it tedious to authenticate local users against a remote database like LDAP. That was until ypldap(8) came along.

Building a complete intrusion detection system with Snorby on BSD

FreeBSD and OpenBSD are a popular choice for installing the open-source Snort intrusion detection. Documents have been written in the past for popular analysis tools such as BASE and Sguil, however nothing extensive has been created for Snorby.

Full Disk Encryption on FreeBSD

On systems (for instance laptop computers) that may be physicaly accessed or stolen by untrusted persons, encrypting sensitive pieces of data should be mandatory.

What It Takes: Starting and Running an Open Source Certification Program, Part II

Last month, in the first article in this series, we discussed the People aspect of running an Open Source certification program such as the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG). We discussed the types of people you’ll need in your program- SMEs, Writers, Translators, Technical Experts, Managers, the Advisory Group, and your Psychometrician.

Interview with Paul Shekenveld

Paul has participated in all nine EuroBSDcon editions so far and visited BSDcan and AsiaBSDcon several times. Today he is a member of EuroBSDcon 2011 comitee. In this months issue he will answer a few of our questions about the upcoming European BSD conference.