FreeNAS 9.2.0-BETA is now available

The FreeNAS team has announced freenas-ixsystems-new-logothe availability of FreeNAS 9.2.0-BETA. As will be evident from the name tag, this version is for testing purposes only. Should you come across any issues, please get in touch with the team and file a bug report.

We have also made a number of enhancements to the UI and generally done our best to bring more polish to the FreeNAS system, both in usability and performance.  Those doing benchmarks against 9.1.1 and 9.2.0-BETA should notice some measurable improvements on any reasonably capable hardware.

Some of the changes are from the Release Notes for FreeNAS 9.2.0-BETA are:

  • Version 9.2-RELEASE of FreeBSD with performance improvements, bug fixes, and updated software packages.
  • The Kernel UMA allocator is now the default for ZFS. This results in higher ZFS performance.
  • Avahi (multicast DNS, aka Bonjour) registration of all services, include the web service, means you no longer need to have a head on the box to know its IP address, even for initial configuration. freenas.local is the default (or freenas-n.local, where n is the # of freenas.local machines already on the local network). This can be changed by changing the hostname.
  • The built-in admin user account is no longer used and the Admin Account removed. The first time the FreeNAS graphical interface is accessed, a pop-up menu will prompt for the root password. Subsequent logins to the graphical interface will require this password.
  • A complete REST API has been created for FreeNAS, allowing a FreeNAS instance to be controlled remotely.
  • The “Permit Sudo” field has been added to the add and edit screens for Users and Groups. A column in View Groups and View Users now indicates whether or not “Permit Sudo” has been set.
  • HTTP and HTTPS access to the FreeNAS graphical interface are no longer mutually exclusive. The fields “WebGUI HTTP Port” and “WebGUI HTTPS Port” have been added to System Settings -> General.
  • An “Edit” button has been added to the “Hostname” field of System Information to make the hostname easier to change.
  • The results from the latest ZFS scrub now appear in Volume Status.
  • Netatalk has been updated to version 3.1.0.
  • The AIO options have been removed from CIFS.
  • Fourteen TLS-related fields have been added to the Advanced Mode of FTP.
  • An “IPv4 Address” column has been added to the View Jails screen.
  • A shell button has been added to Jails, making it easy to access the command line of the selected jail.
  • A “Create directory” checkbox has been added to the Add Storage function of a jail so that the user does not have to first access the jail’s shell to make sure that the directory already exists. A “Read-Only” checkbox has also been added to this screen.
  • A jails templating system has been added, allowing the quick deployment of new jails from existing templates and the ability to create custom templates. Linux jail support has also been added and installation templates are included for Debian-7.1.0, Gentoo-20130820, Ubuntu-13.04, Centos-6.4, Fedora-19, and Suse-12.3.
  • A link to the online FreeBSD manual pages has been added to Help.
  • Added bxe(4) driver for Broadcom NetXtreme II Ethernet 10Gb PCIe adapter.
  • Added padlock(4) driver which provides cryptographic hardware acceleration for VIA C3, C7 and Eden processors.

FreeBSD Journal announced

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced that it will launch the FreeBSD Journal in January 2014. The Journal will be a bi-monthly publication and will be available on the web or as an Android/iPhone/Kindle app.

We are preparing the debut our new online magazine, the FreeBSD Journal. We created high-quality brochures to teach people about FreeBSD. We also visited companies to help facilitate collaboration efforts with the Project.

The first issue will be focusing on (the then released) FreeBSD 10, the ZFS file system, the ARM Beaglebone Black on FreeBSD, the Clang compiler, and many other interesting subjects

It’s great to see the FreeBSD Foundation funding a purely FreeBSD focused magazine, and I’m sure the high quality content will make more companies move over to this rock solid operating system.

freebsd_journal_promo

BSDNow Episode 12: Collecting SSHells

The BSDNow.tv team has uploaded recording no. 12. In it Amitai Schlair of the NetBSD foundation is interviewed about pkgsrc, NetBSD’s future plans and much more. After that, if you’ve ever wondered what all this SSH stuff is about, the tutorial has got you covered. The basics of SSH will be shown, as well as how to combine it with tmux for persistent sessions.

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FreeBSD news – miscellaneous links and updates – week 46

Freebsd newsIn this post I have a mix of news snippets, links to howto’s, projects, resources and software/package updates. Just a round-up of those FreeBSD related links you may find interesting.

 

New FreeBSD snapshots and virtual machine disk images
[FreeBSD mailinglist]

 

pfSense’s new website
The pfSense project website has new theme. The commercial company behind pfSense (ESF) is looking for  support staff.
[pfsense blog]

 

Sony’s new PlayStation 4 and open-source FreeBSD
the PlayStation 4 – on sale today in the US – uses a modified version of the open-source FreeBSD operating system.
[The Register]

 

pkgng goes official in FreeBSD
[FreeBSD mailinglist]

 

BSD CertificationUpdate on the BSD Professional Lab Exam
[bsdcg.blogspot.co.uk]

 

bsdtalk234 – Henning Brauer at vBSDCon
An interview from vBSDCon with Henning Brauer.  We talk about his recent work with the pf firewall and the queuing system
[bsd talk]

 

FreeBSD Ports Management interview - Antoine Brodin
Who is Antoine Brodin?
[freebsdish]

 

Why FreeBSD Is Liking LLDB For Debugging
[phoronix]

 

The State Of FreeBSD’s Bhyve Virtualization
[phoronix]

 

FreeBSD Einstein
Anyone crunching numbers for EINSTEIN@HOME?
[FreeBSD forums]

 

Automatic panic reports
Colin Percival has announced a new port called sysutils/panicmail which users can use to automatically submit panic reports.
[FreeBSD mailinglist]

 

FreeBSD-Foundation sponsored Newcons project update
Alekandr Rybalko continues to make good progress on the FreeBSD-Foundation sponsored Newcons project. This project will provide a replacement for the legacy syscons system console. Newcons provides a number of improvements, including better integration with graphics modes, and broader character set support.
[FreeBSD Foundation blog]

 

Bhyve script has been updated
freebsd_bhyvebhyve, the “BSD hypervisor” is a legacy-free hypervisor/virtual machine manager developed on FreeBSD and relies on modern CPU features such as Extended Page Tables (EPT) and VirtIO network and storage drivers.

 

Howtos

Using PKGNG on FreeBSD with Puppet
This is how I installed the new package manager on FreeBSD : pkgng and how to use it with Puppet.

 

FreeBSD Now!: Happy 20th Birthday FreeBSD
In honor of the 20th birthday of FreeBSD, some instructions to reconstitute FreeBSD 1.0 on Qemu.

 

Events

FreeBSD Vendor Summit 2013
The (annual) FreeBSD Vendor summit took place again in November on Yahoo’s compus. This is a short write up.
[ignoranthack.me]

 

OpenZFS Developer Summit: 17-19 Nov
Delphix is hosting a developer-focused event for OpenZFS. The goal of the event is to foster cross-platform community discussions of OpenZFS work, and to make progress on some of the projects proposed for this community.
[openzfs]

 

iXsystems and conferences
ixsystems logoiXsystems has been busy running booths promoting FreeBSD at some recent FreeBSD conferences and Linux/Open Source trade shows. You can read the summaries and see some photos on the iX blog: LISA ’13, FreeBSD 20year party, vBSDCon 2013, All Things Open 2013, SeaGL 2013, EuroBSDCon 2013, KyivBSD 2013 and LinuxCon 2013. (Disclosure: iXsystems is a partner of FreeBSD News)
[iXsystems Blog]

BSDNow TV Episode 011: The Gateway Drug (video)

bsd_now_logoThe BSDNow team, (Kris MooreAllan JudeTJ and Chris Fisher), have uploaded another weekly video onto bsdnow.tv.

The show is dedicated to spreading the word about the BSD family of operating systems, and keeping those who are already aware up to date with the latest news and developments.

Episode 011: The Gateway Drug - table of contents

  • OpenSSH 6.4 released
  • Getting to know your portmgr-lurkers
  • FUSE in OpenBSD
  • Automated submission of kernel panic reports
  • Interview – Justin Sherrill
  • Building an OpenBSD Router
  • BSD router project 1.5 released
  • Curve25519 now default key exchange
  • FreeBSD kernel selection in boot menu
  • PCBSD weekly digest
  • Theo de Raadt speaking at MUUG

BSD Magazine (November 2013): Hast on FreeBSD

BSD_11_2013November’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Hast on FreeBSD – How to make storage highly availble by using HAST  (free PDF download).

Did you know the BSD Magazine increased its readership base from 21,459 to 49,890 readers througout 2013?

From the table of contents:

  • Configuring a Highly Available Service on FreeBSD – Part 1: HAST
  • IT Inventory & Asset Management Automation
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 10
  • PfSense + Snort: Fast approach
  • How Secure Can Secure Shell (SSH) Be?
  • Column
  • Maximising Website Runtime on Host Servers Running FreeBSD
  • PGDay.IT 2013

Download and read the magazine: Hast on FreeBSD – How to make storage highly availble by using HAST (pfd)

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