BSD Now Episode 16: Cryptocrystalline (video)

bsd_now_logoA new BSD Now TV episode (Cryptocrystalline – Episode 16) has been uploaded, featuring an interview with Damien Miller.

Other topics discussed are:

  • Secure communications with OpenBSD and OpenVPN
  • FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter
  • Use of NetBSD with Marvell Kirkwood Processors
  • Experimenting with zero-copy network IO
  • Interview – Damien Miller
  • OpenZFS office hours
  • License summaries in pkgng
  • The FreeBSD challenge continues
  • Ports gets a stable branch
  • Feedback/Questions

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iXsystems continues to advance open source storage with FreeNAS 9.2.0

Latest update includes many user-requested features and improvements, as well as a REST API for remote administration of FreeNAS.

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoiXsystems has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.2.0. This update incorporates all the improvements made in FreeBSD 9.2, as well as a vast collection of minor and major tweaks throughout the FreeNAS web user interface. This release is made possible through the efforts of an active and engaged FreeNAS community. Nearly every sub-system, including sharing services, plugin jails, storage management and user accounts, has been improved with community-submitted feedback in the form of bug reports, feature requests, forum discussions, and user-submitted patches.

The biggest new addition in FreeNAS 9.2.0 is a REST API, allowing FreeNAS to be controlled remotely and programmatically. This allows for the creation of third-party applications, potentially on mobile devices, that provide alternative interfaces to FreeNAS. The REST API can also be used to manage multiple FreeNAS appliances simultaneously, using custom scripting or applications which configure FreeNAS automatically for specialized roles.

Almost every existing FreeNAS feature has been improved as well. ZFS performance has been increased through the use of the kernel UMA allocator by default. Encryption performance on AES-NI capable hardware is now nearly indistinguishable from non-encrypted performance, thanks to improvements to the FreeBSD GELI subsystem being incorporated into FreeNAS. Netatalk was updated to version 3.1.0, bringing a number of improvements and somewhat simplifying the interface for the AFP service. The Active Directory and CIFS services were also simplified and now have defaults that make it easier to configure both services correctly.

Along with the core services, the FreeNAS plugin system continues to improve. There is now a jail template system which allows users to create templates based on existing jails and quickly deploy additional jails based on those templates. A number of new default jail templates are also available, including jails for a number of popular Linux distributions such as Debian 7.1.0 and Ubuntu 13.04. FreeNAS 9.2.0 also adds a shell button for jails, allowing quick and easy access to the command line interface for individual jails.

Several new plugins have also been made available in FreeNAS since 9.1.0 was released, including updated versions of SABnzbd and SickBeard and a brand-new BTSync plugin, all submitted by community members. For those who want to get the absolute most out of FreeNAS, this is the most flexible and customizable release yet.

About FreeNAS®
FreeNAS is a free and open source Network Attached Storage operating system based on FreeBSD®. The goal of the project is to design a lightweight, BSD-based software package that acts as a full featured NAS server, complete with a Django-based web user interface, full ZFS implementation, and the ability to interface with existing networks – regardless of operating system or protocol. FreeNAS also includes the first Free and Open Source ZFS encryption offering in the world. (via)

FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC2 now available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS team at iXsystems has taken the for-them-unusual step of rolling and releasing Release Candidate 2, FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC2, due to the significant number of changes that had to be made in fixing a number of bugs.

Barring any more significant bugs being found, this will be the last Release Candidate before going to 9.2.0-RELEASE

Read the release announcement and test if you have the time. If you find any bugs, please file a bug report.

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.

pfSense Hangout – new features and changes in pfSense (2.1, 2.2)

Last Friday, Chris Buechler did a live Google Hangout , which can now be watched on Youtube, on pfSense, a free, powerful, open source firewall and security solution.

The first part is a presentation, going over the new features and changes in the 2.1 release, and what is currently being worked on for the coming 2.2 release. After that there is a tutorial on troubleshooting port forwarding.

There was a problem with starting the hangout, so you best jump to 00:05:00.

 

BSD Now Episode 15: Kickin’ NAS (video)

bsd_now_logoA new BSD Now TV episode (Kickin’ NAS – Episode 15) has been uploaded, featuring an interview with Josh Paetzel, IT director at iXsystems.

Other topics discussed are:

  • More faces of FreeBSD
  • We cannot trust Intel and Via’s chip-based crypto
  • OpenSMTPD 5.4.1 released
  • More getting to know your portmgr
  • Interview with Josh Paetzel
  • FreeNAS tutorial
  • Introducing configinit
  • OpenSSH support for Ed25519 and bcrypt keys
  • The FreeBSD challenge
  • PCBSD weekly digest
  • Feedback/Questions

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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