PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE (Joule) released

pc-bsd_logoClosely tracking the release cycle of FreeBSD, Kris Moore has now announced the availability of PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE.

Some of the most notable features in this release are:

  • Includes FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate (Replaces Gnome2) and Cinnamon

A more complete list can be found on the PC-BSD wiki: What’s New in 10.0.

Links: PC-BSD site | Announcement | Download | Forums

About PC-BSD: PC-BSD is a Unix-like, user-friendly desktop operating system built upon the most recent releases of FreeBSD. The PC-BSD project is sponsored by iXsystems, and aims to be easy-to-install by using a graphical installation program, and easy-to-use by providing a number of open source desktop environments. PC-BSD also comes with its custom-tailored Push Button Installer (PBI) application installer.

FreeNAS 9.2.1-RC available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoJordan Hubbard has announced the availability of FreeNAS 9.2.1-RC. It is expected that this will be the only Release Candidate to be made available, unless show stopper are found.

The most interesting changes from the BETA releases are an upgraded version of Samba (to version 4.1.4), a new driver for the LSI 12G SAS card, a fixed Netatalk bug, mDNSresponder replacing Avahi and some changes to the graphs on the reports screen.

The FreeNAS development team is proud to announce the first Release Candidate image of FreeNAS 9.2.1! Barring the finding of any significant problems, this is essentially 9.2.1 RELEASE. We will, of course, fix any “release blocker” problems that people find over the next 10 days (we would like to release 9.2.1 on February 7th, all else permitting) so please test this as heavily as you can. We are also running it in production on our own servers, so we take “release candidate” pretty seriously!

I guess FreeNAS 9.2.1-RELEASE won’t be far off now.

Links: FreeNAS website | Announcement | Download | FreeNAS Forums

About FreeNAS: FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based (nanobsd) and BSD licensed open source Network Attached Storage (NAS) Platform developed by iXsystems, that has been optimised to support file storage and files sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.

The BIG FreeBSD 10 Installation/Upgrade POLL

freebsd project logo 100x100FreeBSD-10.0-RELEASE became available just over a week ago and we thought it would be interesting to do a poll on FreeBSD 10-RELEASE installations and upgrades. This to find out how many people want to use the latest and the greatest, and how many of you are happy with what they’re already running etc.

If you want to take part, please tick one (or maximum three) of the options below that applies to you and your main server/desktop.

Note, the tickbox is located above the question, not under.

FreeBSD 10 Poll

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Many thanks for taking part.

FreeBSD Status Report – 2013-Q4

freebsd project logo 100x100The FreeBSD Project has released its fourth status report for 2013 (October to December 2013). It comes with 37 entries and gives a nice insight on what developers have been working on.

“The last quarter of 2013 was very active for the FreeBSD community, much like the preceding quarters. Many advances were made in getting FreeBSD to run on ARM-based System-on-Chip boards like Cubieboard, Rockchip, Snapdragon, S4, Freescale i.MX6, and Vybrid VF6xx. FreeBSD is also becoming a better platform for Xen and the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. There are plans for FreeBSD to become a fully supported compute host for OpenStack. The I/O stack has again received some performance boosts on multi-processor systems through work touching the CAM and GEOM subsystems, and through better adaptation of UMA caches to system memory constraints for ZFS. The FreeBSD Foundation did an excellent job in this quarter, and many of their sponsored projects like VT-d and UEFI support, iSCSI stack, Capsicum, and auditdistd are about to complete. At the same time, new projects like Automounter and Intel GPU updates have just been launched. The Newcons project has been merged into -CURRENT, which will make it possible to finally move to the latest version of X.Org in the Ports Collection. Efforts are also under way to improve testing with Jenkins and Kyua. It is an exciting time for users and developers of FreeBSD!”

From the table of contents:

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FreeBSD 10.0 in the news

After some delays, FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE was released earlier this week. This release has been reported about on some of the major open source websites, and seems to have been well received.

Some reports can be read here.

If you’re aware of any other ones, please share in the comments.

The Daemon and the Penguin, FreeNAS labels, pfSense, PC-BSD updates

Freebsd newsWelcome to the latest (Free)BSD news round-up in which we have a mix of news snippets and links. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous (Free)BSD related links that are news worthy and which you may find hopefully interesting, but are yet too small to package as individual posts.

Some of the links below have already appeared in our Google Plus +FreeBSD Central and Twitter feeds.

PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 Now Available
This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so.
PC-BSD Blog – 23 Jan 2014

New pfSense website
The pfSense project has a new website

pfSense 2.1.1-PRERELEASE Snapshots available
For those who are inclined to try such things, 2.1.1-PRERELEASE snapshots are up for testing at snapshots.pfsense.org. New features and changes.

Amazon supporting FreeBSD Foundation
When you shop at Amazon through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1545163, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the FreeBSD Foundation.

FOSDEM 2014 BSD program
The program for the BSD devroom at #FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels is now available.

FreeBSD Programming Primer
BSD Mag has an issue with 12 tutorials on how to develop a Content Management System (CMS) which will run under an AMP stack on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Linux. In this series Rob Somerville looks at the tools, processes and methods involved in writing a CMS.
BSD Mag – 14 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over.
PC-BSD Blog – 24 Jan 2014

The Daemon, the GNU & the Penguin
Peter Salus’s book, the Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, was a regular Groklaw feature in 2005 and 2006. It is now in book form (paperback) and available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s been expanded, and the subtitle now is “How Free and Open Software is Changing the World”.

iXsystems’ new FreeNAS device needs your label vote
Here’s your chance to influence the design of an upcoming FreeNAS product from iXsystems! Help us pick which label you’d like to see by leaving a comment on this post.
Vote via +iXsystems, Facebook or the FreeNAS forums

FreeBSD 11 has been added to the BSD Family Tree

OpenBSD rescued from unpowered oblivion by $20K bitcoin donation

BSD Now Episode 21: Tendresse for Ten (video)

bsd_now_logoThe BSDNow.tv Team has uploaded a new episode: Tendresse for Ten 20, featuring an interview with Colin Percival.In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

  • FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE is out
  • OpenSSH 6.5 CFT
  • DIY NAS story, FreeNAS 9.2.1-BETA
  • OpenBSD needed funding for electricity.. and they got it
  • Interview – Colin Percival
  • Tutorial: Bandwidth monitoring and testing
  • pfSense talk at Tokyo FreeBSD Benkyoukai
  • m0n0wall 1.8.1 released
  • Ansible and PF, plus NTP
  • ruBSD videos online
  • PCBSD weekly digest

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FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE Announcement

freebsd-logo-largeWell, after a long wait and an unexpected RC5, FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE is here, the 10th version of this venerable operating system.

FreeBSD 10 comes with a lot more and better support for virtualisation (Hyper-V, virtio, BHyVe), Clang is the default compiler (replacing GCC), better WiFi support, better DNS tools (Unbound and LNDS) and support for ZFS TRIM and LZ4 compression. Other gems are support for the Raspberry Pi, Amazon AWS EC2 cloud, and a framework called netmap for fast and safe access to network devices for fast packet I/O.

FreeBSD may have a relatively small percentage of the global server market, but it is very promising that the FreeBSD technology is being implemented (or should I say, embedded) and utilised now by some well known companies, such as Sony, NetApp, CloudSigma and Netflix.

Read the announcement for more information, download links, MD5s and acknowledgements.

A quick upgrade refresher:

  • freebsd-update upgrade -r 10.0-RELEASE
  • freebsd-update install
  • reboot freebsd-update install
  • pkg upgrade -f
  • reboot freebsd-update install

Happy downloading / upgrading.