FreeBSD 10.1-BETA1 now available

freebsd-logo-largeThe first BETA build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures.

The image checksums follow are included in the original announcement email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here.

Check out the announcement here, with a list of instructions on how to update: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/09/freebsd-101-beta1-now-available.html

pkg(8) is now the only package management tool

portmgrThe ports tree has been modified to only support pkg(8) as package management system for all supported version of FreeBSD.

if you were still using pkg_install (pkg_* tools) you will have to upgrade your system.

The simplest way is

cd /usr/ports/ports-mgmt/pkg
make install

then run

pkg2ng

For full instructions,  head on over to the following link: http://blogs.freebsdish.org/portmgr/2014/09/01/pkg8-is-now-the-only-package-management-tool/

FreeBSD 10.0 Swap File instead of Swap Partition

This article by WOH3 shows us how to use swap file instead of swap partition, in case one runs into overheating problems.

I recently installed and configured FreeBSD 10.0 on an old desktop so that I could learn the system. I have been surprised by how powerful it is, and I had assumed that since it was a Unix, that I would know everything about it having had a decade of experience with Linux, but I was wrong. It is still very different, and those differences are what make it a good OS. One thing that surprised me, was that you can use a Swap File (in /usr/swap0) instead of a swap partition.

For full instructions, head on over to the following link: http://woh3blog.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/freebsd-10-0-swap-file-instead-of-swap-partition/

The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System (2nd Ed.)

designimplementation

The most complete, authoritative technical guide to the FreeBSD kernel’s internal structure has now been extensively updated to cover all major improvements between Versions 5 and 11. Approximately one-third of this edition’s content is completely new, and another one-third has been extensively rewritten.

This book is due to release on September 15, 2014. You can purchase the hardcover from here: http://www.amazon.com/Design-Implementation-FreeBSD-Operating-Edition/dp/0321968972