FreeBSD 10-RC5 released

freebsd_logo-100x100Glen Barber has announced, on behalf of the FreeBSD Release Engineering team, the 5th RC build for FreeBSD 10.

The waiting for 10.0 Release will soon be over, as this is (definitely, this time) be the last RC build.

Major changes between -RC4 and -RC5 include:

  • Fix an IPv4 multicast regression.
  • Fixes OpenSSL for CVE-2013-4353, CVE-2013-6449, CVE-2013-6450.
  • Revert a change to the kinfo_file structure to preserve ABI.
  • Fix a race condition which could prevent the file descriptor table from being properly updated.

The release build is expected to start on 15 January, so the release announcement will be soon to follow.

Check the release email for checksums and download locations.

EuroBSDcon 2013 Developer Summit Special Status Report

This special status report contains a summary of the discussions from the various working groups at the EuroBSDcon 2013  Developer Summit.

From the table of contents:

 

FreeBSD 10.0-RC2 now available

Glen Barber announced earlier today that the second RC build of the 10.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers (amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures).

Pre-installed virtual machine images for 10.0-RC2 are also available for amd64 and i386 architectures.

Changes between -RC1 and -RC2 include:

  • Fix a crash when attempting to use a non-disk device as an iSCSI LUN.
  • Fix handling of empty iSCSI authentication groups.
  • Fix a regression in bsdinstall(8) that prevented the system from decrypting GELI providers when installing ZFS on GELI.
  • Several Radeon KMS bug fixes.
  • Several wireless bug fixes.
  • Several clang bug fixes.

Should you come across any issues, please let the developers know.

Randomness, Netflix, Google Compute Engine, Tarsnap, BSDRP

Freebsd newsIn this post we have a mix of news snippets, links to howtos, projects, resources and software/package updates. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous FreeBSD related links you may find interesting.

 

FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Over 50%
Slashdot – 6 December 2013

Netflix Works Entirely on Open Source Software, FreeBSD 9.0 Is the Default OS
Softpedia – 05 December 2013

Google Compute Engine now supporting FreeBSD
Google Enterprise Blog – 02 December 2013

FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness
The Register – 09 December 2013

Tarsnap is donating its December profits to FreeBSD
Get secure online backups from Tarsnap and support the FreeBSD Foundation

BSD Router Project nightly build uploaded
Based on FreeBSD 10.0-PRERELEASE and Bird updated to 1.4.0.
BSD Router Project G+, 10 December

Mate 1.6 on FreeBSD
Freshports – 23 November 2013

Ubuntu13.04: install FreeBSD 9.2 64bit within KVM
Lost and Found Narihiro – 5 December 2013

FreeBSD (based) releases and events – November 2013

This is a quick recap of what happened in the FreeBSD world in November 2013.

Releases

Events

Magazine and videos

New Committers

  • New committer: Julio Merino (src)
  • New committer: Alexey Degtyarev (ports)
  • New committer: Roger Pau Monné (src)

FreeBSD news – miscellaneous links and updates – week 46

Freebsd newsIn this post I have a mix of news snippets, links to howto’s, projects, resources and software/package updates. Just a round-up of those FreeBSD related links you may find interesting.

 

New FreeBSD snapshots and virtual machine disk images
[FreeBSD mailinglist]

 

pfSense’s new website
The pfSense project website has new theme. The commercial company behind pfSense (ESF) is looking for  support staff.
[pfsense blog]

 

Sony’s new PlayStation 4 and open-source FreeBSD
the PlayStation 4 – on sale today in the US – uses a modified version of the open-source FreeBSD operating system.
[The Register]

 

pkgng goes official in FreeBSD
[FreeBSD mailinglist]

 

BSD CertificationUpdate on the BSD Professional Lab Exam
[bsdcg.blogspot.co.uk]

 

bsdtalk234 – Henning Brauer at vBSDCon
An interview from vBSDCon with Henning Brauer.  We talk about his recent work with the pf firewall and the queuing system
[bsd talk]

 

FreeBSD Ports Management interview - Antoine Brodin
Who is Antoine Brodin?
[freebsdish]

 

Why FreeBSD Is Liking LLDB For Debugging
[phoronix]

 

The State Of FreeBSD’s Bhyve Virtualization
[phoronix]

 

FreeBSD Einstein
Anyone crunching numbers for EINSTEIN@HOME?
[FreeBSD forums]

 

Automatic panic reports
Colin Percival has announced a new port called sysutils/panicmail which users can use to automatically submit panic reports.
[FreeBSD mailinglist]

 

FreeBSD-Foundation sponsored Newcons project update
Alekandr Rybalko continues to make good progress on the FreeBSD-Foundation sponsored Newcons project. This project will provide a replacement for the legacy syscons system console. Newcons provides a number of improvements, including better integration with graphics modes, and broader character set support.
[FreeBSD Foundation blog]

 

Bhyve script has been updated
freebsd_bhyvebhyve, the “BSD hypervisor” is a legacy-free hypervisor/virtual machine manager developed on FreeBSD and relies on modern CPU features such as Extended Page Tables (EPT) and VirtIO network and storage drivers.

 

Howtos

Using PKGNG on FreeBSD with Puppet
This is how I installed the new package manager on FreeBSD : pkgng and how to use it with Puppet.

 

FreeBSD Now!: Happy 20th Birthday FreeBSD
In honor of the 20th birthday of FreeBSD, some instructions to reconstitute FreeBSD 1.0 on Qemu.

 

Events

FreeBSD Vendor Summit 2013
The (annual) FreeBSD Vendor summit took place again in November on Yahoo’s compus. This is a short write up.
[ignoranthack.me]

 

OpenZFS Developer Summit: 17-19 Nov
Delphix is hosting a developer-focused event for OpenZFS. The goal of the event is to foster cross-platform community discussions of OpenZFS work, and to make progress on some of the projects proposed for this community.
[openzfs]

 

iXsystems and conferences
ixsystems logoiXsystems has been busy running booths promoting FreeBSD at some recent FreeBSD conferences and Linux/Open Source trade shows. You can read the summaries and see some photos on the iX blog: LISA ’13, FreeBSD 20year party, vBSDCon 2013, All Things Open 2013, SeaGL 2013, EuroBSDCon 2013, KyivBSD 2013 and LinuxCon 2013. (Disclosure: iXsystems is a partner of FreeBSD News)
[iXsystems Blog]

BSD Magazine (November 2013): Hast on FreeBSD

BSD_11_2013November’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Hast on FreeBSD – How to make storage highly availble by using HAST  (free PDF download).

Did you know the BSD Magazine increased its readership base from 21,459 to 49,890 readers througout 2013?

From the table of contents:

  • Configuring a Highly Available Service on FreeBSD – Part 1: HAST
  • IT Inventory & Asset Management Automation
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 10
  • PfSense + Snort: Fast approach
  • How Secure Can Secure Shell (SSH) Be?
  • Column
  • Maximising Website Runtime on Host Servers Running FreeBSD
  • PGDay.IT 2013

Download and read the magazine: Hast on FreeBSD – How to make storage highly availble by using HAST (pfd)

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EuroBSDCon 2013 DevSummit video recordings

The annual EuroBSDCon and BSDCan conferences are usually preceded by developer summits (DevSummit) that are open to, well, FreeBSD developers and those who are invited and sponsored. So for most of us, we miss out on interesting discussions and presentations.

However, the presentations at the latest EuroBSDCon DevSummit in Malta (September 2013) have been recorded and are now available on youtube.

 

Superpages for ARMv7: Introduction and Status [Youtube Link]
Brief introduction to the superpages mechanism in FreeBSD in context of the modern ARMv6/v7 architectures. Current status of the project is presented including preliminary benchmarks and tests results.

SDIO Stack for FreeBSD: Status Update [youtube link]
The current status of SDIO stack will be presented, with live demonstration, including some experience report in writing FreeBSD device drivers from a newbie.

Porting GlusterFS to FreeBSD [youtube link]
An effort to make GlusterFS work on FreeBSD via FUSE in -CURRENT. Current status of the porting work, including setting up, benchmark testing, and known issues. (Google Summer of Code 2013)

Unattended Encrypted Kernel Crash Dumps [youtube link]
Kernel crash dumps may include physical memory which should not be available to an unauthorized person. This presentation describes the current implementation of encrypted crash dumps and explains how PEFS was used in order to access dumps. (Google Summer of Code 2013)

Porting Compression Services to Capsicum [youtube link]
This presentation is about the work involved when porting some popular compression services, such as bzip2(1), xz(1), and zlib(3) to use features of the Capsicum security framework, including all the lessons learnt along the way. (Google Summer of Code 2013)

Download Management Service for the Ports Collection [youtube link]
Design and implementation of Download Manager Service for the Ports collection, general experience with the FreeBSD code from the aspect of a Summer of Code student. (Google Summer of Code 2013)

The LLDB Debugger in FreeBSD [youtube link]
LLDB, part of the LLVM family of projects, is a modern, high-performance source-level debugger. This talk will present a brief history of LLDB, an update on the current status of the port to FreeBSD, and directions for future work.

Improving FreeBSD Packet Forwarding [youtube link]
An effort to summarize some of FreeBSD packet forwarding problems and propose some changes to eliminate them.

Multipath TCP for FreeBSD: Status Update [youtube link]
Multipath TCP (MPTCP) transparently retrofits multi-pathing capabilities to regular TCP and is a work in progress within the IETF. An implementation for FreeBSD has been progressing at Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures. This talk will provide a summary of the protocol, implementation architecture and update on the project’s progress.

FreeBSD-based Network Simulation Environment on NS-3 and NSC [youtube link]
As part of Lawrence’s PhD work, he ported the FreeBSD 9-STABLE and 10-CURRENT network stacks to run in user space as part of the Network Simulation Cradle (NSC) environment. When coupled with a discrete event network simulator like Network Simulator 3 (NS3), arbitrary network topologies can be created with nodes running real FreeBSD network stack code, and experiments can be run at faster than real-time. This talk will provide an overview of the architecture, recently released VM simulation environment and some possible uses.

Mirage/kFreeBSD [youtube link]
Status update on the completion of the FreeBSD kernel port of the Mirage unikernel. As it is implemented in OCaml, a contemporary functional programming language, this presentation also gives an experience report on how languages other than C can be employed within the kernel.