PC-BSD 10.0.2-RELEASE is now available

pcbsdThe developers of PC-BSD have just released the official version of 10.0.2  after a series of test releases. The most notable changes include the new Lumina desktop (still in its alpha stages), as well as a revamp of the AppCafe.

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next
PC-BSD quarterly update, version 10.0.2!

This update includes a number of important bug-fixes, as well as newer
packages and desktops, such as KDE 4.12.5, Cinnamon 2.2.13, Gnome 3.12.2 and more. This release also includes an alpha release of the new Lumina
desktop which is being developed on PC-BSD. For more details and updating instructions, refer to the notes below.

You can download the DVD/USB image here: http://www.pcbsd.org/en/download.html

Check out the official release announcement here: http://lists.pcbsd.org/pipermail/announce/2014-June/000065.html

PC-BSD 10.0.2-RC2 available for testing

pcbsdThe developers of PC-BSD have just made available the second release candidate for version 10.0.2. You can find the downloads here.

This will (hopefully) be our last RC before releasing 10.0.2 officially sometime on or around the 23rd. We have addressed or fixed most tickets related to the 10.0.2 release, so if you are still running into any issues, please report them using our Trac database.

Users running EDGE or earlier 10.0.2 images can upgrade their packages to the RC2 versions via AppCafe or Package Manager.

Head over to the following link for the official announcement: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/06/10-0-2-rc2-available-for-testing/

FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe FreeNAS developers have just released FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA. FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA is available here. The following lists the changes made:

  • Samba is updated to 4.1.8
  • Netatalk is updated to 3.1.2
  • Several fixes related to the System Dataset
  • A new VirtualBox jail template
  • Several fixes related to ZFS replication
  • A new mpr driver, officially sanctioned by LSI, for the LSI 12 Gbps SAS HBA
  • An experimental in-kernel iSCSI target
  • A .usb file which can be imaged to a USB key. This can be used for installing FreeNAS from a USB key.

All bugs fixed in FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA can be found here.

Check out the full release notes here and the official announcement here.

FreeBSD 9.3-BETA3 now available

freebsd-logo-largeThe third and last build of the FreeNAS 9.3-BETA cycle has just been released.

The third BETA build of the 9.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and
sparc64 architectures.

This is expected to be the final -BETA build of the 9.3-RELEASE cycle.

ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/9.3/

Changes between 9.3-BETA2 and 9.3-BETA3 include:

  • A new ttys(5) flag, onifconsole, has been added, which activates
    ttyu0 if the device is an active kernel console.
  • The NFSv4 server now allows creating a hard link to a symbolic
    link, as was allowed in NFSv3.
  • OpenSSL has been updated to 0.9.8za.
  • A deadlock caused by incorrect reference counts has been fixed in
    the usb(4) driver.
  • The arc4random(3) library has been updated to match that in
    FreeBSD-CURRENT.
  • The amount of data collected by hwpmc(4) has been increased to
    work with modern processors and available RAM.
  • A new pmcstat(8) flag, ‘-l’, has been added, which ends event
    collection after the specified number of seconds.

For the full release notes, head on over to the following link: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-June/078959.html

Free Intro to FreeNAS Classes

iXsystems is offering FreeNAS training classes, free! From the FreeNAS newsletter:

You read that right — we’ll start offering a free, condensed version of the original “Intro to FreeNAS” classes soon. Linda Kateley will still cover the same topics as the full-length class including web UI, setup, volumes, and datasets but the sessions will be much shorter. For now, we’d like to give our newsletter subscribers exclusive early access. We’ll be running a free session on Monday, 6/16 at 1PM EST. Each class (including this one) will be limited to 45 attendees but we expect those spots to fill up fast, so be sure to sign up soon.

We’re making a couple of changes to fit the new format. The ability to give verbal feedback will be removed due to the increased number of participants but attendees will be able to ask questions via chat. We will also offer paid, advanced FreeNAS classes for more in-depth instruction about the following topics:

  • System Administration
  • FreeNAS Sharing
  • FreeNAS Systems Design and Architecture

A beta of the system administration class will also be available soon with priority access for people who attended the full-length intro classes.

Once again, the link to sign up is here: http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=iq3m1ajlzk&

Bhyve: virtualization on FreeBSD

bhyveThis short tutorial will show you how to get Bhyve, or BSD Hypervisor, configured and running on FreeBSD 10.

Bhyve(BSD Hypervisor) is an Open hypervisor developed on FreeBSD with features like EPT and Virtio. It is built in to FreeBSD from Version 10.0

Minimum Hardware required for bhyve are

  1. VT enabled Processor -Intel only (AMD is not supported as of 9/6/2014)
  2. 4GB RAM (Recommended)
  3. 7200 RPM HDD or higher

Check out the full blog post with instructions here: http://fosskb.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/bhyve-virtualiztion-on-freebsd/