If this is something you want to try out, have a look at this RaspberryPi – nanoBSD config file.
Welcome 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.
EuroBSDCon 2014, InterExpo Congress Center, Sofia, Bulgaria 25 – 28 Sep
Shibe’s operating environgment: ShiBSD
For many years, The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System has been recognized as the most complete, up-to-date, and authoritative technical guide to FreeBSD’s internal structure. Now, this definitive guide has been extensively updated to reflect all major FreeBSD improvements between Versions 5 and Versions 11.
Approximately one-third of the content in this edition is completely new, and another one-third has been extensively rewritten. The authors fully cover every FreeBSD improvement today’s sysadmins, application and system programmers, and support professionals need to know about.
Three leading FreeBSD experts begin by providing a concise overview of FreeBSD’s current design and implementation. Next, while explaining key design decisions, they detail the concepts, data structures, and algorithms used in implementing each significant systems facility. Readers can use this book as both a working reference and an in-depth study of a leading contemporary, portable, open source operating system.
For pre-ordering and more details visit the amazon page: The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System (2nd edition)
This website is looking for a new owner. Since I’m not able to dedicate enough time to maintain this website anymore, I have decided to step back and let somebody else take over and run it. I loved building up this site and keeping it up to date for the last 7 years (almost), so it’s been a hard decision to let it go.
I’ll still be around and be part of the FreeBSD community, but I need more time to work on something else FreeBSD related……
If you’re interested in taking over a 7 year old website with a steady and healthy amount of daily page views and a Google PR of 5, please get in touch to work out the details.
Jesse Smith has written a review of FreeBSD 10.0 in this week’s Distrowatch Weekly: First impressions of FreeBSD 10.0.
Overall it is a fair and balanced review with some points of critique. Jess is impressed with FreeBSD 10 and its many new features, but there are still some points that should be addressed in FreeBSD 10.1, especially around package management (pkgng). I guess this should be adressed later this year, when backwards compatibility with the old pkg_ tools is dropped and developers can focus on pkgng only.
What most of my problems with FreeBSD came down to was the repeating issue that software installed using pkg did not also install all required dependencies. Some immediate dependencies might be installed, but not all the items further down the dependency chain. The above example of installing Xfce without getting X was one instance, installing WordPress without getting a database or web server in the process was another example.
Largely due to the dependency gaps and troubles with getting third-party software up and running my impressions of FreeBSD came down to two main points. The first is that FreeBSD — the command line tools, the kernel, the ZFS file system and installer — is a great operating system. In both test environments FreeBSD was fast, stable and ran smoothly. I really like the work which has gone into the system installer for this release and I like that ZFS is so easy to enable and use. The documentation which comes with FreeBSD is detailed and helpful. The new package manager is fast and friendly when compared next to its predecessors. All of this means it is pretty easy to install FreeBSD, explore the system and, once it is up and running, an administrator is unlikely to encounter a broken system.
On the other hand, I got the impression that FreeBSD’s ports collection does not receive the same level of care as the base operating system. Some of the available ports obviously have not been tested against a clean installation of FreeBSD to make sure all dependencies have been met. The state of the X port is, in short, unfortunate. This gap between the quality of the base FreeBSD operating system and its available ports is made all the more evident now that a quality package manager like pkg is present. It is easier than ever before to search for and install new software, but too much effort is required to hunt down dependencies and tweak the configuration of key ports. What this results in is a wonderful base operating system that is plagued by trouble once we try to add third-party functionality to it.
Jesse also brings up an interesting point about a possible missed opportunity with jails as a deployment platform.
You can read the whole review here: First impressions of FreeBSD 10.0.
Thanks Jesse for reviewing FreeBSD 10.0
- FreeBSD foundation’s 2013 fundraising results
- OpenSSH 6.5 released
- Crazed Ferrets in a Berkeley Shower
- OpenBSD on BeagleBone Black
- Interview – Ted Unangst
- Tutorial: Running an NTP server
- Getting started with FreeBSD
- More OpenBSD hackathon reports
- X11 in a jail
- PCBSD weekly digest
The Foundation’s 2013 financial report and the 2014 budget are expected to be available soon. I’m sure we’ll also find out soon which new project(s) will be funded in 2014.
To support the Foundation funding different FreeBSD related conferences and projects, you can donate here – and you don’t have to wait until December. (I am not affiliated with the FreeBSD Foundation).
Read the announcement here (includes a picture of some of the Foundation’s members):
FreeBSD Foundation Announces 2013 Fundraising Results