BSD Now Episode 25: a sixth pfSense (video)

bsd_now_logoThis is an interview with Chris Buechler, from the pfSense project, to learn just how easy it can be to deploy a BSD firewall. There’s also a walk through the pfSense interface so you can get an idea of just how convenient and powerful it is.

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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX makes its 100th release: NuttX 6.33

nuttx_iconNuttX is a real-time operating system (RTOS) with an emphasis on standards compliance and small footprint. Scalable from 8-bit to 32-bit micro-controller environments, the primary governing standards in NuttX are POSIX and ANSI standards. Supported platforms include ARM, Atmel AVR, x86, Z80 and others.

Additional standard APIs from Unix and other common RTOS’s are adopted for functionality not available under these standards, or for functionality that is not appropriate for deeply-embedded environments.

NuttX was first released in 2007 by Gregory Nutt under the permissive BSD license, and today the 100th release was made: NuttX 6.33.

Build your own FreeBSD/EC2 images

Colin Percival has an interesting post (how to build FreeBSD/EC2 images) explaining how you can bake your own FreeBSD  images for Amazon EC2, and build them just the way you want them.

I have been building FreeBSD/EC2 images for the past three years, and based on the email I have been receiving, most people have been either using these images directly or modifying them to create images which suit their needs. However, there are some people who want to build their own images ab initio — most often, companies which have products built on “customized” versions of FreeBSD — and while I have helped a few people do this, it’s better if my help is not needed. To this end, earlier today I published my code for building FreeBSD AMIs. At its core, this process has two steps: First, building a disk image; and second, turning it into an AMI.

It would be now nice if somebody could make creating FreeBSD images for Google Cloud Engine real easy ;-)

 

The FreeBSD Journal is now available

freebsd_journalThough the FreeBSD Journal was announced and a few printed copies were distributed at last week’s NYCBSDCon, the FreeBSD Foundation has now officially announced the Journal on their blog:

“We are pleased to announce the FreeBSD Journal is now available! This is a new, FreeBSD focused, online publication.

You can find out how to subscribe to the Journal by going to www.freebsdjournal.com. Or, go to the following links for the device you’d like to download to:

Here’s the letter the editorial board wrote for this inaugural issue.”

I hope feedback from the FreeBSD Community will make future issues and distribution even better. How about a FreeBSD-friendly reader, or, even better, a PDF based version, just like the BSD Mag? DRM won’t stop somebody taking screenshots on his tablet and sharing these…

This is another good initiative by the Foundation to give FreeBSD more exposure.

BSD Now Episode 24: The Cluster and the Cloud (video)

bsd_now_logoThe bsdnow.tv team has uploaded a new weekly episode, The Cluster and the Cloud, featuring an interview with Luke Marsden from HybridCluster, a recap of NYCBSDCon’s event and a chrooted SFTP tutorial. Watch the video below.

In this episode the two hosts, Allan Jude and Kris Moore, chat about the following topics:

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NYCBSDCon 2014 and FreeBSD Journal

nycbsdconNYCBSDCon is a bi-annual, one-day conference in New York organised by the NYCBUG BSD users group, with the theme of “The BSDs in Production.” The focus of the presentations is on the critical roles the BSDs do and can play in infrastructures.

Some may think the BSDs are slowly dying, but presentations given at this conference show quite the opposite. It’s interesting to see what Netflix has achieved with FreeBSD!

Last Saturday (8 Feb) NYCBSDCon 2014 took place, which according to the “My NCYBSDCon Trip” write-up by Justin Sherill (DragonFlyBSD), was a successful event.

It was nice the talks were broadcast live, and hopefully these will be published later.

The FreeBSD Journal was also announced by the FreeBSD Foundation last Saturday, and some paper issues (the only ones ever) handed out. The only way to get the Journal from now on is electronically via Google Play, Amazon Kindle or Apple iTunes.

I think the FreeBSD Journal website could do with an update to make this clearer, explain what the Journal is about, how to get it, and to take away some confusion. There has been a lot of useful information in recent interviews (BSD Now Episode 22, BSD Talk 237), but nothing of this is on the website (yet).

If I come across any pictures or other write-ups, I’ll share them here.

FreeBSD OpenStack, FOSDEM, NetApp, EdgeRouter, Google Cloud Engine and more

Freebsd newsWelcome to the latest (Free)BSD news round-up in which we have a mix of news snippets and links. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous (Free)BSD related links that are newsworthy and which you may find interesting, but are yet too small to package as individual posts.

Some of the links below have already appeared in our Google Plus +FreeBSD Central and Twitter feeds.

FreeBSD on OpenStack
There has not been a complete solution to run FreeBSD instances on OpenStack, until now.
github – 3 Feb 2014

OpenSSH 6.5 has been released
openssh.ort – 30 Jan 2014

Crazed Ferrets in a Berkeley Shower – 2014 edition
Michael Lucas Blog – 29 jan 2014

FOSDEM 2014 Photos
Pictures from the first conference of the year, FOSDEM. Photo credits go to John Hixson from iXsystems.
iXsystems Google+ page – 8 Feb 2014

NetApp and Microsoft: We’re ‘close’ to virtual ONTAP on Azure
The seed for this approach was sown in May 2012, when Microsoft, Citrix and +NetApp announced they would work together to make FreeBSD run as a guest OS under Hyper-V.
The Register – 05 Feb 2014

Time to bid farewell to the old pkg_ tools
Bye bye PKG
freebsdish.org - 3 Feb 2014

Strength of FreeNAS Project Sets iXsystems Apart
Interview with iXsystems CTO Jordan Hubbard
dcig.com – 04 Feb 2014

FreeBSD support in Google Cloud Engine (GCE)
FreeBSD kind of runs on the +Google Cloud Platform,  but there are still a couple of issues, and the process isn’t that straight forward at the moment.

FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems Collaborate to Further the Cause of High Performance Computing on FreeBSD
Remember MEGACORE, the 1TB of RAM beast? Check out how the FreeBSD Foundation plans to use the powerful machine!

FreeBSD Guides
Screencast tutorials about how to get things done with FreeBSD

FreeBSD 10.0 on Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite
The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a neat little device that costs less than US$100, has three Ethernet ports, and can run FreeBSD/mips.

Clang Is Now Self-Hosting On Linux/FreeBSD SPARC64
Thanks to Jakob’s work on Sparcv9 ABI in Clang and recent changes to Sparc code generator
LLVMDev – 02 Feb 2014

FreeBSD Open-Source OS Comes to the PC-BSD Desktop
While FreeBSD itself could potentially be used as a desktop system, the PC-BSD open-source project is the home base for FreeBSD as a desktop operating system. PC-BSD 10, based on FreeBSD 10 at its core, was officially released on Jan. 29.
Eweek.com – 31 Jan 2014

FreeBSD to support secure boot by mid-year
Support for secure boot will be available in the FreeBSD 10.1 release which is due to be made later this year, according to Marshall Kirk McKusick.
itwire.com – 20 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 16
Big news this week for the PBI format. Kris has confirmed that a patch has been implemented for the way PBI’s are being built that will shrink the size of PBI’s by approximately 50%.
PC-BSD Blog – 7 Feb 2014