FreeBSD ZFS snapshots with zfstools

In this blog by Michael W Lucas, he shows us how to use ZFS snapshots with zfstools on FreeBSD.

In my recent survey of ZFS snapshot automation tools, I short-listed zfstools and zfsnap. I’ll try both, but first we’ll cover FreeBSD ZFS snapshots with zfstools. Zfstools includes a script for creating snapshots, another for removing old snapshots, and one for snapshotting MySQL databases. The configuration uses only ZFS attributes and command line arguments via cron.

Check out the full blog with instructions here: http://blather.michaelwlucas.com/archives/2140

pkg 1.3.0 is released

portmgrThe FreeBSD Ports Management Team have released pkg 1.3.0 after 9 months of hard work. The following lists some of the major changes:

- New solver, now pkg has a real SAT solver able to automatically handle conflicts and dynamically discover them. (yes pkg set -o is deprecated now)
- pkg install now able to install local files as well and resolve their
dependencies from the remote repositories
- Lots of parts of the code has been sandboxed
- Lots of rework to improve portability
- Package installation process has been reworked to be safer and handle properly the schg flags
- Important modification of the locking system for finer grain locks
- Massive usage of libucl
- Simplification of the API
- Lots of improvements on the UI to provide a better user experience.
- Lots of improvements in multi repository mode
- pkg audit code has been moved into the library
- pkg -o A=B that will overwrite configuration file from cli
- The ui now support long options
- The unicity of a package is not anymore origin
- Tons of bug fixes
- Tons of behaviours fixes
- Way more!

Check out the official announcement here: https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports-announce/2014-July/000084.html

Keep your FreeBSD install secure

Devil-psd35585This article by twisteddaemon shows you how to keep your FreeBSD install secure in 5 different ways.

FreeBSD installed. Your Next Five Moves Should be…..

The answer to the question in the title is not to break it.  Although that can very will be number six.  Instead make these next five changes to secure it.  I like the warm and fuzzy feeling of snug blankets and a secure computer. So all of these suggestions are related to security.  I would recommend these to anyone that is playing around with a FreeBSD install which will connect to the internet.

Check out the 5 next moves here: http://twisteddaemon.com/post/92921205276/freebsd-installed-your-next-five-moves-should-be

FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter – July 31, 2014

The FreeBSD FoundationThe FreeBSD Foundation has just released their semi-annual newsletter. As usual, it features a letter from the President, as well as updates for the annual fundraiser, development projects, and conferences.

Welcome to our July 2014 Semi-Annual Newsletter!

As we reach the middle of 2014, we want to take the opportunity to highlight what we’ve accomplished so far this year to help support the FreeBSD Project and community.

One of the most exciting projects we started this year was the publication of the online FreeBSD Journal. We are not only funding this magazine, with hopes of it being self-supported through subscriptions and ads, but we also have board members on the editorial staff. So far, we’ve received a large amount of positive feedback, and look forward to making both the Journal and subscription process even better.

In this newsletter, you’ll have a chance to read more about the Journal; check out summaries from the conferences and summits we sponsored; take a look at current Foundation funded development projects and fundraising efforts; and review our latest financial reports. Lastly, as usual, our president and founder, Justin Gibbs, wrote the most inspiring letter yet. In fact after reading his letter, I was motivated to come up with my own elevator pitch instead of the usual “FreeBSD is like Linux, only better!” Working with Justin, our board members and staff, and the entire FreeBSD community continually humbles me. It’s inspiring to know there are so many passionate FreeBSD people out there, helping to make this the most reliable, innovative, stable, secure, and well-loved operating system available.

Now, sit back, get a cup of coffee or tea, and take a moment to read our newsletter.

Deb Goodkin
Executive Director
The FreeBSD Foundation

Read the full newsletter here: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2014jul-newsletter

BAFUG July 2014

Bay Area FreeBSD User Group had two presentations during their July 2014 meeting. In the following videos, Craig Rodrigues discusses libvirt and bhyve integration, while Adrian Chadd talks about upcoming RSS enhancements to the FreeBSD network stack. Press play below to tune in:

EuroBSDCon 2014 Registrations Open

bsd2008logoRegistration has recently opened for EuroBSDCon 2014. Hurry now as the early-bird special ends on August 18, and late registration goes until September 12.

EuroBSDcon is the premier European conference on the open source BSD operating systems attracting about 250 highly skilled engineering professionals, software developers, computer science students and professors, and users from all over Europe and other parts of the world. The goal of EuroBSDcon is to exchange knowledge about the BSD operating systems, facilitate coordination and cooperation among users and developers.

Head on over to the following link to start the registration process: http://2014.eurobsdcon.org/registration/

 

FreeBSD 2nd Quarter Status Update

The developers of FreeBSD have released their 2nd quarter’s status update.

This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between April and June 2014. This is the second of four reports planned for 2014.

The second quarter of 2014 was a very busy and productive time for the FreeBSD Project. A new FreeBSD Core Team was elected, the FreeBSD Ports Management Team branched the second quarterly stable branch, the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team was in the process of finalizing the FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE cycle, and many exciting new features have been added to FreeBSD.

Thanks to all the reporters for the excellent work! This report contains 24 entries and we hope you enjoy reading it.

The deadline for submissions covering the period from July to September 2014 is October 7th, 2014.

For an in depth report of each project, check out the following link: http://www.freebsd.org/news/status/report-2014-04-2014-06.html