In 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
pfSense’s new website
The pfSense project website has new theme. The commercial company behind pfSense (ESF) is looking for support staff.
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.
pkgng goes official in FreeBSD
Update on the BSD Professional Lab Exam
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
FreeBSD Ports Management interview - Antoine Brodin
Who is Antoine Brodin?
Why FreeBSD Is Liking LLDB For Debugging
The State Of FreeBSD’s Bhyve Virtualization
Anyone crunching numbers for EINSTEIN@HOME?
Automatic panic reports
Colin Percival has announced a new port called sysutils/panicmail which users can use to automatically submit panic reports.
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
bhyve, 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.
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.
FreeBSD Vendor Summit 2013
The (annual) FreeBSD Vendor summit took place again in November on Yahoo’s compus. This is a short write up.
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.
iXsystems and conferences
iXsystems 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)