- Apple’s Mac OS X helps BSD overtake Linux for development
- FreeBSD: A Faster Platform For Linux Gaming Than Linux.
- Alexander Leidinger put some instructions on his blog how to create a new Linux base and infrastructure ports on FreeBSD.
- PC-BSD/FreeBSD 9.0 For Intel Sandy Bridge
- GhostBSD: not “just another BSD”
- DragonflyBSD has fully-compatible TrueCrypt implementation
- FreeBSD 9 Installation video (new installer) (Portuguese)
Well, the school holidays are over now here in the UK and we’re back from two and a half weeks break over in Holland, so it’s time to update this website again.
I have stayed up to date with (Free)BSD related news, but not had a chance to sit down and start linking to them. I’ll do that over the next few days.
Anyway, for those interested, here’s a picture of our two eldest children that went back to school today.
When a decision has been taken, it doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind……
Stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted.
As some of my regular readers will have noticed, over the past few months I have not updated this website as often as previously. It’s not that I’m not committed any more, or that I’ve lost interest, but other things have take priority.
I have taken a difficult decision and decided to “hand-over”. If you’re interested in carrying on running this website, please let me know so we can discuss (gvanessen at gmail dot com)
Paul Bagwell has a simple but very clear graph on his site showing the main differences between the most popular open source licences.
I don’t think it can’t be done any simpler. Thanks, Paul.
Tom Wickline has written an introduction on the upcoming Bordeaux 3.0:
“The upcoming Bordeaux for Linux and BSD 2011.03 release will see a major shift in how the program is written and the new features that will be available to current and future Bordeaux customers. This is a brief introduction to explain some of the many planned features that will be available in the upcoming Bordeaux 2011.03 release.
The first major change is the Bordeaux 2011.03 GUI has been rewritten from scratch in Gambas, and requires the Gambas 2.15.2 runtime libraries or higher to be installed to function correctly. You can easily install Gambas in Linux from Synaptic or Yum or by going to the Gambas site and downloading a binary or the source code. Gambas for FreeBSD and PC-BSD can be installed through a ports install. If you have PC-BSD you will need to install ports if you haven’t already done so.
Here is a quick overview of the upcoming changes :
- We now have 45 Games and Benchmarks that can be easily installed via Bordeaux.
- Cellars e.g wineprefixes can now be easily made from a GUI Cellar maker.
- Winetricks has been split up into categories, so its easier to find what you want quickly.
- You can now explore a Cellar with the built in Explorer. In the future we will add the ability to run a application or game directly from the explorer.
- We now have a built in update manager, updates will be simple and easy.
- You can now delete, backup, import and export Cellars to different machines with ease. Or just backup and restore on your stand alone computer.
- Unsupported applications can be easily installed and configured.
This introduction is just an overview of the many options”
Tom writes that there’s a 50% discount offer on at the moment. If you buy now, you’re still entitled to free upgrades for the next 6 months.
Phoronix has completed another test that involved PC-BSD. This time multi-core performance was compared between PC-BSD, OpenIndiana, CentOS and Fedora:
"In this article we are looking at how Linux, OpenSolaris, and FreeBSD scale across multiple cores. Benchmarked are CentOS 5.5, Fedora 14, PC-BSD/FreeBSD 8.1, and OpenIndiana b148 as we see how the performance differs when running on one, two, three, four, and six cores, plus when Intel Hyper Threading is enabled.
To do this comparison the Intel Core i7 970 "Gulftown" processor was used, which boasts six physical cores plus Hyper Threading. With the ASRock X58 SuperComputer motherboard, from the BIOS the number of enabled cores can be adjusted as well as toggling Hyper Threading. CentOS, Fedora, PC-BSD, and OpenIndiana were tested in their stock OS configurations, aside from building GCC 4.5.1 on each of these operating systems to have a similar compiler across platforms."
There are a couple of interesting graphs, but as usual, keep in mind that PC-BSD is not Linux. Then again, PC-BSD’s performance is a lot better than in other, previous tests.
Full review: Multi-Core, Multi-OS Scaling Performance (Phoronix.com 21/02/2011)
FreeBSD has expanded support for ZFS in FreeBSD 8.2 and supports ZFS version 15.
Matt Olander (CTO at iXsystems) and Josh Paetzel (IT director at iXsystems) were interviewed by datamation.com.
"FreeBSD 8 is autotuning in a lot of areas, and the autotuning for ZFS has been improved. People who are using ZFS heavily generally were already running 8-STABLE because it was superior to 8.1. 8.2 rolls up those changes into a release."
said Josh Paetzel.
Since being acquired by Oracle, OpenSolaris is now longer alive, but that isn’t going to stop FreeBSD from furthering ZFS development.
"Having seen the writing on the wall some time ago, we started a coalition of several interested companies before OpenSolaris went EOL. This coalition is invested in maintaining FreeBSD and ZFS technology. We are actively working together to make sure that ZFS has a very secure future on FreeBSD."
Olander noted that besides iXsystems he was not at liberty to name the other companies, though he hinted that some of them are fairly large and successful. He added that he is also aware of other efforts to maintain OpenSolaris specifically for ZFS.
"It’s my belief that in time, FreeBSD will become the de facto platform for ZFS as we already have all the pieces and don’t have to maintain an operating system just to keep working on a filesystem,"
Read the whole article: FreeBSD 8.2 expands ZFS support (without Oracle) (datamation.com 25/02/2011)