Ground Labs announces support for FreeBSD

Ground Labs, a global leader in the development of security and auditing software for the payment card industry, recently announced the introduction of native support for FreeBSD within its cardholder data discovery products for PCI compliance.

“Our goal is to provide support for all major operating systems that are used to store, transmit or process cardholder data. FreeBSD is used in mission-critical environments worldwide. It is therefore a perfect addition to our portfolio of supported platforms.”

said Stephen Cavey, director of corporate development for Ground Labs.

Many large organisations, including large web hosting providers rely on FreeBSD to achieve high levels of uptime.

“FreeBSD is known for being a reliable and robust operating system,”  “By offering native support for FreeBSD within our cardholder data discovery products we can enable more organisations to identify non-compliant instances of cardholder data storage and facilitate compliance with PCI DSS 2.0.”

said Peter Duthie, chief architect for Ground Labs.

Ground Labs’ flagship products, Card Recon and Enterprise Recon, previously supported 5 operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX and HPUX. Card Recon can now be used on FreeBSD systems to perform accurate cardholder data discovery scans.

Enterprise Recon users will also benefit now that Enterprise Recon Node Agents can be deployed on remote FreeBSD systems within larger environments to achieve centralised monitoring and visibility of PCI compliant cardholder data storage practices.

“We’re very pleased to have Ground Labs offer FreeBSD support within its cardholder data discovery products. While FreeBSD is widely deployed throughout the industry, enterprise-grade commercially supported software tools are only just starting to appear. Given the growing importance of the PCI Compliance Standards, Ground Labs products add valuable tools for FreeBSD users, who will benefit from this new level of support.”

said Erwin Lansing, FreeBSD developer and member of the Ports Management team.

FreeBSD versions of Card Recon and Enterprise Recon Node Agents are available at no additional charge for download by existing and new customers.

About Ground Labs

Ground Labs is a global leader in the development of security and auditing software solutions for PCI compliance. Its flagship products, Card Recon and Enterprise Recon, identify and analyze cardholder data storage risks on thousands of computer systems worldwide. Merchants, acquirers and schemes use Ground Labs products to achieve and maintain PCI compliance, while QSAs use those same products to validate compliance and produce accurate reports.

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FreeBSD needs fresh blood

How long have you been using FreeBSD. Months? Years? Decades? And you love using it because of whatever reason but at the same time you’re feeling a bit guilty to use it all for free without giving anything back? Well now you’ll have the chance to change that. We at FreeBSD are always in need of new people who are willing to spare some of their time and effort into FreeBSD development.

Original post (freebsd needs fresh blood) plus a raging discussion

FreeBSD Events update (NYCBSDCon, AsiaBSDCon, BSDCan)

Below you can find a number of links to upcoming and past conferences (via).

NYBSDCon 2010

The following videos were made from the slides and audio recording of the NYCBSDCon 2010 meeting.

BSD Professional Certification Update: The Lab Exam (Jim Brown)

This talk provides an update on the BSD Professional Lab Exam including a recap of rapid developments on the lab exam during 2010. The format, content, and delivery of the exam are all discussed as well as our current experience with developing a hands-on lab using completely open source tools and methods. A preview of the lab exam format will be shown during the talk, and there will be an opportunity for conference attendees to participate in a usability review.

BSD Firewalling with pfSense (Chris Buechler)

pfSense is a FreeBSD-based firewall and router distribution. In this talk, one of the founders of the project discusses the latest developments with the project. How and why people are deploying it, recent developments, and plans for the future.

BSD Needs Books (Michael Lucas)

If you wander into any bookstore, brick or virtual, you’ll see books on Linux, Solaris, Macintosh, and even non-Unix-like operating systems. The BSD books are far between. We as a community need to address this if we’re to expand our reach. This talk covers designing, selling, writing, and promoting your own technical book, with a special emphasis on BSD books.

BSDCan 2011

Dan Langille has announced the BSDCan 2011 schedule/list of events. BSDCan will be held on 13-14 May 2011 at University of Ottawa, and will be preceded by two days of Tutorials on 11-12 May 2011.

AsiaBSDCon 2011

AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in 17-20 March, 2011. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD.

PC-BSD will be represented by Kris Moore who will be giving a presentation on the new 9.0 PBI format. He will be giving away some PC-BSD DVDs during the conference.

A schedule, timetable and summary of the presentations can be found on the AsiaBSDCon timetable page.

ZFS v28 in FreeBSD 9-CURRENT

Pawel Jakub Dawidek has added the latest open-source ZFS file system version (28) to FreeBSD Current.

Few new things available now are:

  • Data deduplication (info)
  • Triple parity RAIDZ (RAIDZ3).
  • zfs diff (info)
  • zpool split (info)
  • Snapshot holds (info)
  • zpool import -F. Allows to rewind corrupted pool to earlier transaction group
  • Possibility to import pool in read-only mode

PJD has done a great job adding these features to FreeBSD. Is FreeBSD going to be the future of FreeBSD? Some think so: FreeBSD wordt the toekomst van ZFS (Dutch) – (translate)

Released: FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE and 7.4-RELEASE

After some delays FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE and FreeBSD 7.4-RELEASE are now available. Originally scheduled for January 24 the releases were put back to allow for a third release candidate. Be sure to check the Release Notes (8.2 | 7.4) and Release Errata (8.2 | 7.4) before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page. Some of the highlights:

  • Xen HVM support in FreeBSD/amd64 and Xen PV support in FreeBSD/i386 improved
  • ZFS on-disk format updated to version 15
  • aesni(4) driver for Intel AESNI crypto instruction set
  • BIND and OpenSSL updates
  • Gnome updated to 2.32.1
  • KDE updated to 4.5.5
  • Many misc. improvements and bugfixes

You can upgrade your system with the freebsd-update command:

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 8.2-RELEASE
# freebsd-update install
# shutdown -r now
# freebsd-update install

Many thanks to the Release Engineering Team, the many developers, companies and users’ feedback that have made these release possible. @Vasilache Anton Ciprian, thanks for emailing a few days ago about the 8.2 ISO’s being available on some of the servers and bittorrent. I didn’t announce this in case of any show stoppers.

Released: PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble Edition)

Following the release of FreeBSD 8.2, iXsystems has now released PC-BSD 8.2.

As you will know, PC-BSD closely follows FreeBSD’s release cycle (on which it is based) but makes it easier for use on the desktop. As a sidenote, Dru Lavigne, PC-BSD’s Community Manager, is doing a presentation this weekend at Scale 2011 on how PC-BSD compares to Linux and FreeBSD. This is her presentation outline:


With regards to the release of PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble Edition), this version contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, have a look at the changelog.

Some of the notable changes are:

  • FreeBSD 8.2-Release
  • KDE 4.5.5
  • Added ability to select file-system type and encryption during auto-partitioning
  • Able to toggle between MBR/GPT partitioning
  • Various bug fixes to the wireless / network managers

Version 8.2 of PC-BSD is available for download from the mirrors, as well as via torrent from gotbsd.net.

Build your own FreeBSD update server (howto)

This article describes building an internal FreeBSD Update Server.

Experienced users or administrators are often responsible for several machines or environments. They understand the difficult demands and challenges of maintaining such an infrastructure.

Running a FreeBSD Update Server makes it easier to deploy security and software patches to selected test machines before rolling them out to production. It also means a number of systems can be updated from the local network rather than a much slower Internet connection.

This article outlines the steps involved in creating an internal FreeBSD Update Server.

Full article (via, originally published on experts exchange)

What kind of FreeBSD Installer do you like? (Poll)

We wrote about the latest developments with regards to FreeBSD’s default installer (sysinstall).

It would be interesting to see what kind of installer you prefer. GUI or text/ncurses based?

Feel free to leave any comments below.

What kind of FreeBSD installer do you prefer?

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