BSD Magazine (April 2010): Hosting BSD

The BSD Magazine editors have come out with a new issue of this free PDF magazine: Hosting BSD

The Table of Contents is as follows:

Modern FreeBSD Install

All these years sysinstall(8) was helping us to install FreeBSD with most needed options.

X11 without dbus/hald and with three kings

FreeBSD Handbook suggests (check section 5.4.2 Configuring X11), that running sysutils/hal (hald) and devel/dbus daemons is mandatory to have working x11/xorg … nothing further from the truth.

Converting a FreeBSD Port Using PBI Builder

This is an excerpt from the “Becoming a Developer” chapter of the recently released book, The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD.

BSD File Sharing – Part 2. SAMBA

Last time I wrote about NFS on different BSD’s. This time I am going to dedicate this article of the series to SAMBA.

Running VirtualBox OSE with VNC under FreeBSD 8.0

VirtualBox is a type 2 hypervisor that sits directly on top of the host-server OS and is suitable for server, desktop and embedded applications. It will run most OS’s as guest with few exceptions, and like Vmware * there are many pre-built VM’s available.

FreeBSD Firewall with Transparent Proxy Server, DHCP Server and Name Server

If you need Internet-sharing to be available to share allow your network to access the web using only one public IP Address, you need to setup a gateway.

The Squid and the Blowfish

We have grown so much accustomed to Internet access on our work computers, that we can hardly imagine what people ever did all day long on their workplace before!

Hosting Environment Network and Firewall Redundancy with the BSDs

With many large websites and hosting providers relying on BSD operating systems to power their businesses, it only makes sense that many smaller providers take the same path.

Comparison of FreeBSD And OpenBSD: Not One Cake But The Two Ones

The purpose of this article is to highlight some differences between the two BSD operating systems – FreeBSD and OpenBSD.

Introducing Beastie to Strangers

When PC-BSD 8 first came out back in February, I installed the operating system on two of my machines and was very impressed with the new release.

Previous issues can be downloaded from BSD Magazine: PDF articles

FreeBSD supported branches update

The branches supported by the FreeBSD Security Officer have been updated to reflect the EoL (end-of-life) of FreeBSD 6.3.

Users of FreeBSD 6.3 are advised to upgrade promptly to a newer release, either by downloading an updated source tree and building updates manually, or (for i386 and amd64 systems) using the FreeBSD Update utility as
described in the relevant release announcement.

I have updated my FreeBSD Events & Conference Calendar to reflect these updates.

More info about security and supported branches: FreeBSD Security

FreeBSD Foundation accepting project proposals

Love FreeBSD? Love coding, taking FreeBSD to new hights and getting paid for your work?

If this is you, why not submit a proposal to the FreeBSD Foundation?

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce we are soliciting the submission of proposals for work relating to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system. Proposals will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit and cost-effectiveness.

To find out more about the proposal process please download the application document (pdf).

Note, the deadline for submitting project proposals is March 1.

If you need some inspiration as to where you can help out, take a look at the FreeBSD Ideas page to see where FreeBSD can be improved and extended.

FreeBSD related appointments

Erwin Lansing has joined the FreeBSD Foundation board of Directors (announcement)

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Erwin Lansing has joined the Board of Directors. For those of you who haven’t met Erwin, here is his bio:

Erwin previously worked for an rapidly expanding webhosting startup and now holds a position as Network Systems Engineer at the Danish incumbent ISP, TDC. He joined the FreeBSD Ports Development Team in 2003 and has been a member of the Ports Management Team since 2005. He is mainly working on the package building cluster, creating and distributing ready-to-install binary packages of 3rd party software for FreeBSD, in addition to regression testing the integration of FreeBSD with 3rd party software projects.

Thomas Abthorpe is the new FreeBSD portmgr secretary (source)

On behalf of portmgr, I am pleased to announce that portmgr has found a new secretary: Thomas Abthorpe. Thomas has been a FreeBSD ports committer since 2007 and has made more than 1000 commits since. He has previously served on the ports-security team and is currently a member of the KDE and donation teams. He has also mentored several new ports committers over the years.

In his role as portmgr secretary, Thomas will help portmgr keep track of ongoing issues, keeps the portmgr, and other bookkeeping work like organizing votes and stay in touch with other FreeBSD teams.

AsiaBSDCon 2010 Videos

Some AsiaBSDCon 2010 videos are available on ustream.com

iXsystems grows QAT

Josh Paetzel, Director of IT at iXsystems is looking for your input about FreeBSD’s Quality Assurance Tinderbox (QAT).

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For some time now iXsystems has been hosting a small part of the FreeBSD ports infrastructure called QAT, the Quality Assurance Tinderbox. QAT is a tinderbox that builds ports based on commits to the FreeBSD ports tree and then generates automated notifications of failures.

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iXsystems is prepared to donate the hardware resources and admin time to
expanding this service. itetcu@ and miwi@ can donate the effort to migrate QAT to a new setup.

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I’d like some feedback as to what could be done to make efforts like these (as well as future efforts) more visible to the community of FreeBSD users.

Read the whole article: iXsystems grows QAT (Dru’s Blog)

Moving on from Debian to FreeBSD

Steven Rosenberg has written up his experience with installing, tweaking and running FreeBSD 8.0:

Dru Lavigne made me do it: I killed Debian, installed an unbootable Ubuntu, now I’m running FreeBSD 8.0 with GNOME

I was listening to Dru Lavigne’s talk on BSD for Linux users (from SCALE I believe).

I first met Dru at SCALE 8x – that was last year’s show; I didn’t go this year. I’ve just been working too much, dropped my print column last October, and I’ve been running Debian Lenny since December and haven’t been in the distro hunt and done little but complain about Xorg sucking the very soul from anybody using Intel video chips that haven’t been made in the past year or so. (I have three such laptops, and the damage done by Xorg to uptake of X-based GUI-using operating systems among those with “older” Intel video-equipped laptops must be staggeringly high.)

Continues (insidesocial.com)

New Nvidia AMD64 Beta drivers

Nvidia has made new Beta drivers available for FreeBSD AMD64:

“I am pleased to announce the release of updated NVIDIA FreeBSD beta graphics drivers that take advantage of kernel features (feature requests) added in FreeBSD 7.3 and 8.0 that enable improved NVIDIA graphics driver support for FreeBSD/i386 and initial support for FreeBSD/amd64.

FreeBSD-specific changes since 195.22:

  • fixed a bug that could result in crashes, such as kernel panics, after shutting down X on recent NVIDIA GPUs.
  • updated state tracking in the kernel-interface files (improves e.g. event delivery, see the NVIDIA feature requests link above).
  • made miscellaneous improvements (dropped GIANT dependency, etc.)

Read the full announcement and installation instructions: New Nvidia AMD64 Beta drivers

Thanks, Dave, for dropping me a note advising of the new release.