Released: PC-BSD PBI Builder 2.3

Version 2.3 of the PBI Builder software has been released for FreeBSD 7.x / PC-BSD 7.x. This update adds functionality to specify the version of FreeBSD you wish a target port to be compiled under. Also updated is the PBI Auto-Populate feature, which copies port files into the respective PBI automatically. For more details please refer to the changelog and wiki (installationmodule creator guide).

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m0n0wall Beta 1.3b17 released

m0n0wall logo 100x100Manual Kasper has released another m0n0wall beta release bringing the project closer to the release of the final m0n0wall 1.3. According to the announcement:

The move to FreeBSD 6.4 has been completed, and legacy BRIDGE has been replaced by if_bridge (thanks to Chris Buechler), so if you’re using the bridging features, you may want to test especially carefully whether everything works as desired after the upgrade.

Also, the filtering bridge is now always on (this is by design), so you may have to add firewall rules to permit traffic on your bridged interfaces if you have not already done so.

Various bugs have of course also been fixed (for the SIP inbound NAT problem, advanced outbound NAT slowness when using destination matching, DHCPv6 range check, etc.)

For more info, the changelog and downloads visit the beta page

Accelerating Secure Storage on FreeBSD

Intel has put together a whitepaper on Secure Storage and FreeBSD

It goes without saying that Information Security is extremely important in today’s connected world. Protecting the vast quantities of digital information stored by companies is critical to maintaining business integrity and reducing the risk related to the unintentional disclosure of private information. Storing data securely is one mechanism that can help reduce the risk of attackers gaining access to sensitive information. This paper examines some of the secure storage solutions that are available on the FreeBSD operating system and discusses options for the acceleration of processor-intense cryptographic operations.

Update: Direct link now attached. Thanks to Edmondas and Alexander Leidinger

Source: NAS, SANs and Storage Server Technologies

Your favourite colour for this website

Some people have been asking why this website is mainly blue, whilst the ‘main colour’ for FreeBSD is red? Well, blue is my favourite colour and it looks not too formal but yet quite professional.

Red is the colour of FreeBSD (often with black) but I find that too much red give an aggressive impression.

As many of you visit this website regularly, I thought it might be an idea to find out what most people like best, and if preferred, I may change the theme/colour-scheme.

Please let me know what you think below with the poll and/or comments.

Looking forward to your feedback.

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BSD magazine – Special Subscription Offer

As most of you will know by now, the BSD Magazine will continue to stay. For a few weeks its future existence was in doubt, but with a number of last minute subscriptions and magzine sales, the publisher has decided to give BSD Mag another chance.

Chief editor of the magazine, Karolina, contacted me to let you all know about a special subscription offer that’s on:

  • subscribe to a one-year or two-year subscription of the BSD magazine
  • Choose issue 3/2009(5) as your starting issue, and

you will receive a FREE CD with the BSD magazine and Linux+ magazine archives!

Don’t miss your chance and subscribe before August 20th

In case of any questions please email subscription_support AT bsdmag DOT org

Also, the magazine will contain 80 pages going forward instead of 60.

Current issue

  • Installing FreeBSD 7.1 with Enhanced Security Jails…
  • OpenSMTPD…
  • Getting a GNOME Desktop on FreeBSD…
  • Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 2…
  • A Jabber Data Transfer Component…
  • Building a FreeBSD Wireless Router…
  • CPU Scaling on FreeBSD Unix…
  • LDAP Authentication on OpenBSD Boxes…
  • FreeBSD and Snort Intrusion Detection System…
  • Building an Embedded Video Web Server with NetBSD…
  • FreeBSD Tips…
  • Maintaining System Configuration Files Using Subsversion…
  • Q&A about Dtrace…
  • more


FreeBSD RELENG_8 created

Yesterday Ken Smith created the RLENG_8, which is required before being able to release any 8.x version at all. This is the first step that will finally lead up to BETA3, after which RC1 is planned. Beta3 also marks the end of the “liberal” ‘ok we still allow some new features if they had previously been discussed’. No more new features will be inserted when BETA3 becomes live.

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FreeBSD Foundation call for donations

FreeBSD foundation logoWe’re over half way through 2009, but the FreeBSD Foundation has not reached half of their 2009 fundraising goal. Justin Gibbs, founder and president of the FreeBSD Foundation, is calling on people’s generosity to support.

The Foundation is (part)funding some of the (Free)BSD conferences, sends developers to attend and funds new projects.

Justin writes:

Millions of systems run FreeBSD.  Hundreds of volunteers contribute to FreeBSD’s success.  But what is the size of FreeBSD’s user base?  This simple question is very hard to answer, but its answer is vital to the cause of promoting FreeBSD.  It is extremely difficult to convince
businesses to invest time and money to add FreeBSD support to their products based solely on vague estimates of the size of our community.
We should know – working to make FreeBSD a more widely supported platform is a task the FreeBSD Foundation has worked on since its inception.

Please help us in our fight to promote FreeBSD.  A donation to the FreeBSD Foundation helps fund our work, but it also gives us strength in numbers.  Our count of unique donors is a vital indication of the size and buying power of our community.  However, we have never broken even one thousand donors in any year.  We know in our hearts that this is a small fraction of our user base and of those who want to help expand FreeBSD’s presence.

So stand up and be counted!  Make a donation.  Encourage other FreeBSD users to donate as well.  No donation amount is too large or too small.  Just by becoming a donor you are making a powerful statement about the strength of FreeBSD!

You can make a donation by going to: http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/.

To find out more about The FreeBSD Foundation, please visit http://www.freebsdfoundation.org.

KDE 4.3.0 for FreeBSD available


The KDE 4.3 Desktop

The KDE Community released today KDE 4.3 ( “Caizen”), bringing many improvements to the user experience and development platform. KDE 4.3 continues to refine the unique features brought in previous releases while bringing new innovations. With the 4.2 release aimed at the majority of end users, KDE 4.3 offers a more stable and complete product for the home and small office.

Read on for an overview of the changes in the KDE 4.3 Desktop Workspace, Application Suites and the KDE 4.3 Development Platform.

Desktop Improves Performance And Usability

The KDE Desktop Workspace provides a powerful and complete desktop experience that features excellent integration with Linux and UNIX operating systems. The key components that make up the KDE Desktop Workspace include:

  • KWin, a powerful window manager that provides modern 3D graphical effects
  • The Plasma Desktop Shell, a cutting-edge desktop and panels system that features productivity enhancements and online integration through customizable widgets
  • Dolphin, a user-friendly, network- and content-aware file manager
  • KRunner, a search and launch system for running commands and finding useful information
  • easy access to desktop and system controls through SystemSettings.

Martin Wilke has successfully ported over KDE 4.3 to FreeBSD

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