New Nvidia AMD64 Beta drivers

Nvidia has made new Beta drivers available for FreeBSD AMD64:

“I am pleased to announce the release of updated NVIDIA FreeBSD beta graphics drivers that take advantage of kernel features (feature requests) added in FreeBSD 7.3 and 8.0 that enable improved NVIDIA graphics driver support for FreeBSD/i386 and initial support for FreeBSD/amd64.

FreeBSD-specific changes since 195.22:

  • fixed a bug that could result in crashes, such as kernel panics, after shutting down X on recent NVIDIA GPUs.
  • updated state tracking in the kernel-interface files (improves e.g. event delivery, see the NVIDIA feature requests link above).
  • made miscellaneous improvements (dropped GIANT dependency, etc.)

Read the full announcement and installation instructions: New Nvidia AMD64 Beta drivers

Thanks, Dave, for dropping me a note advising of the new release.

Google’s Go programming language

Google’s Go is now supported under FreeBSD (source)

“Go, Google’s programming language, has now been with us for four months. Ridiculed at first, then named Programming Language of the Year 2009 by TIOBE for its rapid climb up its language index, Go has continued on its way with rather less fanfare. But that is definitely not symptomatic of a lack of progress – on the contrary, the current state of activity shows that Go is edging ever closer to maturity.”

Read more about the current state of Go (Google’s Go programming language - H-Online)

FreeBSD Ports unstable for the next 10 days

Ion-Mihai Tetcu writes on the FreeBSD ports Mailinglist:

As announced before, a few big commits, that touch some thousands ports are being done: png, curl, x11, gnome, kde4. The target ETA is 6-7 April.

The first one was done, update of graphics/png (including a shared lib version bump), with about 5000 ports affected.

We do _NOT_ recommend updating ports until this commits are all done, and the problems are fixed, except if you want to help testing / fixing.

Before reporting failures, please take a look at ports@ list, and…ort=last_built
to find out if the problem hasn’t already been reported or even fixed.

We also have two incremental builds on Pointy to catch the problems.

Discussion on the FreeBSD Forums

Monitoring your HDD using SMART and Nagios

“Monitoring of your computer systems is a good idea. There are many tools that let you verify that specified services are running, and available for clients. I use Nagios. You can check that Apache is still running, Postfix is still accepting mail, and various other things. If you can write a test, Nagios can monitor it.

Typically, people monitor network connections, applications, and bandwidth consumption. Until recently, I did not monitor disk health. That recently changed.

I started using three new tools:

In this article I’ll show you how I added SMART monitoring to my Nagios installation. munin is straight forward to install, but is outside the scope of this article. It is for another time.

This article also assumes you have Nagios installed and nrpe running on the host you are monitoring. I am using Fruity for my nagios configuration, so I will be glossing over that too.”

Go to the howto (FreeBSD Diary)

Clonezilla Live adds UFS support

Developer Steven Shiau has announced the release of version 1.2.4-28 of Clonezilla Live. Clonezilla is an open source clone system with features similar to Symantec Ghost Corporate Ed and Partimage.

In addition to translation updates and several bug fixes, the latest Clonezilla Live release adds support for new file systems. The LiveCD edition of Clonezilla now supports the Unix file system (UFS) used by FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.

Announcement | Clonezilla website

Released: FreeBSD 7.3

FreeBSD 7.3, the latest update of the project’s older, legacy series, has been released:

“The FreeBSD Release Engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE. This is the fourth release from the 7-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.2 and introduces a few new features. There will be one more release from this branch to allow future improvements to be made available in the 7-STABLE branch but at this point most developers are focused on 8-STABLE.

Some of the highlights:

  • ZFS updated to version 13
  • new boot loader gptzfsboot supports GPT and ZFS
  • hwpmc enhancements
  • new mfiutil and mptutil tools for widely-used RAID controllers
  • NULL pointer vulnerability mitigation
  • BIND updated to 9.4-ESV
  • GNOME updated to 2.28.2
  • KDE to 4.3.5
  • Perl to 5.10.

See the release announcement and release notes for a complete list of new features. – the end?

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